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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Samoa Brownie Cookie Bars

What do you get when you mix, brownies, shortbread cookies and yummy caramel and coconut? You get a mouthful of yummy goodness! This just might be one of my new favorite ways to eat brownies. Of course, it doesn't take much convincing for me to enjoy a brownie. If you eat a few of these, you could definitely conserve energy. By that I mean, you will no longer need to run your heater because you can create your own warmth from your thighs rubbing together. See...there are plenty of reasons to eat lots of them ;)

* This link is where the original recipe is

Shortbread Crust
3/4 cup butter, cold and cut into cubes
3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Brownie Layer:
1 package brownie mix, 
Water, oil, and eggs called for in the directions on the brownie box
1/4 cup hot fudge ice cream topping, straight from the jar, unheated

Coconut Caramel Layer:
3 cups toasted coconut,
1 (17 oz.) jar caramel topping

Chocolate Drizzle:
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread coconut evenly over baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to make sure coconut browns evenly. Set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all crust ingredients and cut with pastry knife, or mix with mixer until coarse pea-sized lumps form. Press evenly over the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish. Bake until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, prepare brownie batter according to package directions, adding 1/4 cup hot fudge ice cream topping, unheated and straight from the jar. Make sure to follow the high altitude directions if you live at high altitude. Pour over shortbread crust and bake as directed, until a toothpick comes out nearly clean with only a few crumbs remaining.

When brownies are almost finished, scoop caramel topping into a heavy bottomed saucepan and heat over low until caramel is soft and easy to stir. Add toasted coconut and stir gently until evenly mixed. If brownies are not quite finished, keep this warm, stirring occasionally. Keeping the coconut caramel mixture warm will help it to spread evenly without tearing brownies apart.

Pour coconut caramel mixture over brownies and gently spread evenly over the top. 

Place chocolate chips into a zip-loc baggie and put into microwave for 20 second intervals. Squish the bag with your fingers to mix and smooth the chocolate between intervals. When melted smooth, snip a tiny piece off of the corner of the bag and drizzle over bars. Cool. 

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