Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesdays With Dorie: Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars

I’m a big fan of what I’ll call Dorie Greenspan’s “combo-desserts.” In my time with Tuesdays With Dorie, I’ve made cloyingly rich chocolate chip cookie-covered brownies. And I’ve made chocolate chip cookie bars smothered in chocolate and sprinkled with nutty Heath toffee bits. This week’s Tuesdays With Dorie pick, Chocolate Oatmeal Almost Candy Bars, belongs in the same vein.

In this recipe, chosen by Lillian of Confectiona’s Realm, two layers of chewy peanut- and oat-filled cookie batter sandwich a layer of soft, creamy semi-sweet chocolate fudge. The contrast between the chocolate and the cookie batter, both in terms of taste and texture, is perfect: softness from the chocolate and chewiness from the oats; saltiness from the peanuts and sweetness from the batter itself and the chocolate. The peanuts also give the bars a nice crunch, and of course, help create that unbeatable (at least, to me) chocolate and peanut butter flavour pairing.

The recipe also tastes different depending on the temperature at which it’s served: fresh from the fridge, I found the differences in texture less pronounced. At room temperature, the diverse flavours and textures popped.

Regardless of the temperature, though, this recipe is a winner. Thanks, Lillian, for the excellent choice! I can’t wait to make it again. Click here to visit her blog and snag the recipe.


chocolatechic January 19, 2010 at 10:55:00 AM EST  

Oh...you should have tried it about an hour out of the oven...it was best that way.

I left out raisins and cinnamon and added peanut butter chips to the topping.

Mary January 19, 2010 at 12:54:00 PM EST  

I liked them best at room temperature too, but I left out the peanuts. Yours look yummy!

Eliana January 19, 2010 at 1:30:00 PM EST  

These look amazing Kaitlin. They are making my mouth water!

margot January 20, 2010 at 1:35:00 AM EST  

Your bars look fantastic! I always get worried about Dorie's combo desserts, thinking they'll be "too much," but they usually work.

Anna January 20, 2010 at 4:48:00 PM EST  

Oh, these look so delicious. Peanuts and chocolate--what else is better, really? And your pictures are fab.

Flourchild January 21, 2010 at 1:30:00 PM EST  

I agree with you this recipe is a winner and so so tasty! Your bars look delish.

Lillian January 21, 2010 at 3:06:00 PM EST  

I'm so glad I picked this one -- everyone seems to love it. Thanks for baking along with me this week!

TeaLady January 23, 2010 at 12:46:00 AM EST  

Was good. I liked them better at room temp. More differentiation btw the flavors.

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