Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Caramel cuts...dense chewy pure heaven

I rarely make the same thing twice, that is unless I'm trying to find "The One". Remember those snickerdoodles? (Snickerdoodle #: 1 2 3 4). Well, I've finally found the perfect caramel cut. Dense, chewy, with a powerful punch of caramel-y goodness. These bars are perfect for a picnic, afterschool snack, or actually anytime of the day. But with 2 cups of sugar, maybe it's not meant for breakfast...that is unless you have a sweet tooth like mine :) (A tall glass of milk and one of these babies makes a sweet breakfast!)

I've always wondered why these are called "caramel cuts". Why not caramel bars? I guess people would think of caramel in bar form. Well then how about calling them brunettes? They have blondies and brownies, why not brunettes? It could be the next big thing! Instead of, "Would you like a blondie", people would say, "Would you like a brunette?". Or, if you're not a big fan of hair colors as food names, then how about Pure Heaven Bars or Dream Bars or Dense, Chewy, Deliciousness. Okay, maybe I'm not the most creative.

What would you call these bars? I'd love to hear some new names!

Caramel Cuts
1/2 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and grease an 8x8 pan
2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine butter and brown sugar until sugar is dissolved and similar to a very thick caramel
3. Remove from heat.
4. In a small bowl beat together eggs and vanilla.
5. Slowly add the egg mixture to the caramel mixture, being careful not to cook the eggs. If the mixture is still too hot, wait to add the eggs. (We don't want caramel and scrambled egg bars!)
6. Sift the flour in to the mixture. Stir until combined
7. Pour in to prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


  1. do you have any good recipies for homemade energy bars? i do ultra running and i want to make something myself instead of buying store 'energy bars' $$. any suggetions would be great, thx :)

  2. I believe you that these are perfect. They look beautiful. As for a new name, I'd probably call them dinner. :)

  3. These look SO delicious! I love the name brunette--let's start the trend :)

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my site so I can find your site :)

    Also, I hope you submitted that last photo to foodgawker or tastespotting--I love how the grey of the baking pan looks next to the brunettes!

  4. @Kendell and Melfengs Great Adventure: Actually, I do, and I just posted it too! (http://milkncookiezzz.blogspot.com/2011/05/apricot-fig-pecans-nuts-granola-bars.html) Wow, ultra running! Sounds intense :)

    @Nicole: Haha, love the name! Thanks!

    @DessertForTwo: Thanks, and we should totally! I love your site! I will!

  5. kendell and melfengs great adventure: yes, I do! I actually just posted it too!http://milkncookiezzz.blogspot.com/2011/05/apricot-fig-pecans-nuts-granola-bars.html

    Nicole: Thanks! haha, love the name!

    Note:I'm not sure what's been going on with blogger, but for some reason the comments have been deleting themselves and my posts have been unpublishing. So if you don't see your comment, please don't be concerned I didn't approve it. It was just a technical error. Thank you!

  6. Yum, this version also looks delicious!

  7. You might be able to temper the egg mixture to keep it from curdling (mix some of the butter/brown sugar mixture into the eggs first, then mix the warmed egg mixture into the brown sugar/butter.) It's the traditional way to deal with adding eggs to warm ingredients.

    Classical French techniques to the rescue!

  8. Have just pulled out of the oven and am consuming a piece - hubby is beside himself!! A DIVINE and very simple slice, absolutely moreish :) I'd go with "mmmmm" bars, because there is not much else I can think to so aptly describe them!!

  9. As an aside, I am wheat-free, so I substituted the plain flour for plain GF free - exact same quantity and well sifted, and it has turned out brilliantly - just as anticipated!!


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