12 Cookies of X-Mas: Festivus Bars

>> Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Just as there are many more celebrations going on this time of year than Christmas . . . there are many more things going on in this bar than you may think. Really! And it seems my new favorite baking method is to:

1.) Head into the kitchen with only half an hour of time to spare.
2.) Think a little bit about where I want a cookie/etc. to go flavor and texture-wise.
3.) Mix together random stuff we have around (to use up said stuff before buying new).
4.) REALLY, REALLY hope it turns out. As in: Crossing fingers AND toes.

Seventy-five percent of the time, I've been happy with the results. Thankfully. And this bar is one of those successes. Yay!

Print this Recipe!

What you'll need . . .
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance
  • 1/4 cup Maranatha Dark Chocolate Almond Spread (or almond butter, see below)
  • 3 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (uncooked)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Method . . .
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spritz an 8 x 8 pan with canola oil. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the Earth Balance (or butter), dark chocolate almond spread (note: if you only have peanut butter or almond butter add a tablespoon or two melted semi-sweet chocolate, too), molasses, maple syrup, and brown sugar. About 4 minutes until fluffy.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, salt, and baking soda. Then add these dry ingredients to the wet -- creating a wet, but crumbly dough.
  4. Place dough in your pan and press out evenly -- should be a nice, but thin layer. Bake for 12 minutes. Until center is set and edges are lightly browned.
  5. Let cool -- throw the dish in the snow if you're in a hurry, like me. Then proceed with topping.


What you'll need . . .
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chips, melted
  • 1/3 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Method . . .
  1. Melt the chocolate. I just put ours in a bowl . . . in the microwave . . . for like 1-1/2 to 2 minutes.
  2. When the bars are cool, pour the chocolate atop them and spread out evenly.
  3. Then in a small bowl, mix together the cereal, cinnamon, and coconut flakes. Sprinkle this mixture atop the melted chocolate until you've used how much you want to use (so precise, right?).
  4. Let cool in the refrigerator until firm. Or enjoy right away for melt-y goodness.

12 Cookies of X-Mas:
Baking seems to be helping with the holiday stress. What are you doing to stay calm? Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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