|But you can see why I still tried anyway.|
|Standard ingredients- check.|
- 1/2 C butter
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 1/2 C peanut butter- Jif, unless you hate your family.
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla (not pictured, was being shy)
- 1 3/4 C flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 bag of Hershey Kisses
|Oh yay, a crappy picture tutorial! You're welcome, reader. Start by creaming together the butter and both sugars. Resist eating bowl of sugar-butter paste.|
|Add in the egg, peanut butter, and vanilla extract and blend until combined. If you have no quality or zest for life, I suppose you could use Skippy peanut butter, but you're then the one responsible for ruining Christmas.|
At this point, I forgot to take a photo, but you're going to need to have your oven preheated to 350, and place the little balls..pause for chuckle...onto a baking sheet. You will need two sheets because depending on the size of your balls (c'mon, its funny), this makes 24+ cookies. Bake your cookies for 8-10 minutes depending on the size.
|So much goodness, so few mouths.|
- One bag of Kraft caramels
- 5 ounce can evaporated milk
- 1 C flour
- 1 C quick cook oatmeal...is there other oatmeal besides Quaker? I mean, this is like the whole peanut butter discussion all over again.
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 C butter
- 3/4 C brown sugar
- 12 ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Prepare yourself for yet another crappy photo tutorial!!
|Start by mixing the flour, oatmeal (uncooked), brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and butter together.|
|All ingredients should be blended nicely together, but it looks like cornmeal to me at this point.|
|In either case, you want it to be thin but not too thin. Like, crust thickness...yes, crust thickness. That's a new measure of thickness you heard hear first.|
|Again with the pivoting...now, take sections of dough and press them into a greased 9x13 pan...|
|Pour the caramel mixture evenly over the chips.|
|I realize that looks like nacho cheese, but trust me, its not.|
And there you have it! These bars aren't the most gorgeous dessert in the world, but my God are they delicious. I would go so far as to say "life-altering" would be an appropriate way to describe them. I mean, my parents have been divorced since I was like 4, and my dad still goes on about these babies. He was more than happy to help finish off half a pan of these in two days. That's a dessert, right there. Since my poor husband is still MIA until Thursday, I took half the cookies and half the bars and froze them. This is the season of giving, after all. I give the gift of calorie-laden treats from my family to yours this year. 'Til next time, my fellow eaters!
|That Santa sure is one lucky bastard when he comes down my chimney...|