Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TWD | Baking Chez Moi | Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars

Tuesdays with Dorie baking through Baking Chez Moi
by Dorie Greenspan

The delicious caramelized Rice Krispies topping.

Ha! This piece looks like a fish!

Before you begin baking the bars, you make a crispy topping made from (my childhood cereal), Rice Krispies; not much to it really. You just melt a bit of butter and oil, add the cereal and stir until all the grains are evenly coated as possible, and stirred some more until the cereal turns a nice golden brown.

The base of these tasty treats are basically a shortbread cookie crust with the addition of brown sugar. Dorie states to show the dough "who's the boss" to get it spread evenly over the pan. This tells me there may be a bit of a struggle ahead. I found wetting my hands helped to spread the dough into the pan, with little sticking to the fingers. I'm sure using a piece of buttered parchment would work just as well.

Once the base is baked to a lovely golden brown (the instructions say to bake the crust for about twenty-two minutes; mine was ready at thirteen minutes), the top is scattered with chopped chocolate and returned to the oven for a minute or so, just until the chocolate has melted.

The melted chocolate is spread evenly over the shortbread base.

Then topped with the caramelized Rice Krispies.

I originally cut the bars as suggested in the book, about a two-inch square. However, when I tasted these little gems, I found them to be overly sweet.

So I cut the squares in half, which I thought were the perfect size, especially if they are served as party fair.

I sent the lot (minus one) with my husband for him to share with the boys. Of course, I had to have at least one with my morning coffee, and I found that the sweetness dissipated somewhat after sitting overnight. Good thing I sent these away! I probably would have eaten them all! 

The following morning, I received a text from the Mr., everybody liked them. :)

Tuesdays with Dorie is an online baking group. We are making our way through Baking with Julia and Baking Chez Moi, both by Dorie Greenspan. 

We have been asked not to post the recipes. You can find this recipe on page 324 of Baking Chez Moi.

You can check out my fellow bakers results by clicking here for a list of their links.


  1. This looks lovely. I found them to be too sweet, but then again we had them with ice cream and caramel sauce. The kids did not complain. They were very crispy so I had to use force when cutting.

  2. They look delicious. Love the fish.

  3. Your pictures are gorgeous. I am glad this was a hit with the crowd. My husband took a couple to work everyday for his morning coffee. I mostly stayed away from them but they were so good.

  4. Your bars are beautiful! I would have liked to have tried one next day but they didn't last that long!

  5. Your bars turned out so pretty. I bet your husband is getting pretty popular at the office.

  6. Lovely squares! I think the sweetness depended on the chocolate and topping used.

  7. Your squares all look great! I like that you cut them into different sizes and shapes!

  8. Those look great! I need to get back into TWD!

  9. Those look great! I need to get back into TWD!

  10. Beauitful job, and I would have had to send them all away, too! David

  11. these look awesome--I bet the boys demolished them!

  12. Yes, these wete easy and tasty - your husband would have been popular at work that day.

  13. Glad to hear that yours turned out awesome as well!!

  14. I made these bar cookies too .. (never posted them ;( …) and they were good!!!-especially liked the candied Rice Krispie treats;)


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