caramel crunch bars


I haven’t missed a Tuesday with Dorie since I joined the group last April. There were a few times, when I was traveling or something, where it was close, but for the most part, it’s been easy. I never really understood what the big deal was with people who only made half the recipes. It’s not like I wouldn’t be baking every chance I got anyway.


Oh, did I mention that I was unemployed for most of the last year, and had an easy part-time job for the remainder? Yeah, that makes a difference. Everything seems so easy when you don’t have to actually work.


Now that I have a much more demanding job, I’m getting each TWD recipe done just by the skin of my teeth. I’ve gotten in the habit of finishing the recipes Monday night, and I’m lucky if I can get the blog entry done by the end of Tuesday.


As I’m more rushed to finish each recipe, I find myself diving into the baking before I read it through. I was halfway through making these before I realized that they were basically fancied-up chocolate chip cookies. Woohoo!


The base is a cinnamon- and espresso-enriched shortbread version of a chocolate chip cookie. Once that’s baked, it’s topped with finely chopped chocolate that quickly melts, then finished off with toffee bits. The cinnamon and espresso were pretty subtle – I couldn’t pick them out, but there was a little spice in the cookie. Overall, I really enjoyed these and wouldn’t change anything next time I make them.

Whitney has the recipe posted.

One year ago: Challah



  1. Wow, love the tarts! They look amazing! Great job. As someone who has been unemployed and working full time in the past year, I totally agree that working really gets in the way of baking ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. No worries – with all the schoolwork I have, I rarely have time to bake anymore ๐Ÿ™

    Love the tarts!!

  3. Gorgeous!
    Did you get a new job?!?

  4. love the way you made these…they look so great!

  5. You sold me with the very first picture; seriously, I began salivating, mouth agape. I might consider adding some espresso into the chocolate topping to up the synergy because I’ve never tasted a chocolate that didn’t get along with espresso. By the way, my shortbread and caffeine-loving friends peeking over my shoulder say that they could kiss you right now ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. What cute little cookie – tart – things! Well, they look delicious, anyways.

  7. pinkstripes says:

    I love that you made them in mini-tart pans and I love that first picture. They look outstanding. YUM!

  8. Yeah, what I love about breaks from school is that TWD becomes really simple. Your version of these is inspired.

  9. Those little tarts look really cool! Visual heaven!

  10. I love the tarts! I am also one to bake at every chance I get. The only time I skip out on TWD is when I really don’t care for the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait until summer when I have even more time to devote to baking!

  11. these are so pretty– i would never know you are strapped for time!

  12. I love the tarts!! Great job on this one!!

  13. Cindy Harris says:

    looks yummy!

  14. I love that you made these in a tart pan. Clever and eye catching! I understand having the more demanding job now. I was home for a long time with my kids. I can hardly get the dishes done now much less baking.

  15. Your pictures are gorgeous as always! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Love love love that you made these into little tarts. Nice job!

  17. Love your pictures. They make perfect little tarts.

  18. I love the little tarts!

  19. I love the little tarts!

  20. I love the little tarts!

  21. I think I might just devour the cookie base before the tarts were finished. Those look great!

  22. bunnies4buddha says:

    These look like my type of cookie ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Ahhhh it would be my dream to not have to work and bake TWD assignments all of the time. That sounds like the life! Your little cookie tartlets look great!!!

  24. Those darn jobs get in the way don’t they! Argh, I hear you… Loved your bars, great as mini tarts.. so cute…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Your bars look great! Making the recipes has gotten easier now that the recipes for the month are posted at the beginning of the month

  26. Great pics…wish I could get them all done every month

  27. Love the tarts! They look fantastic!

  28. What a great idea to make this recipe as tarts! They are so cute! I love your photos!

  29. I agree – I either pound out the recipes in one weekend, or I just barely get them done. Love the little cookies, they’re just too cute!


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