Friday, July 22, 2011

Family Reunion

Yes ma'am - it's Reunion Time!!!  The last big McMaster family reunion was 10 years ago - almost to the day (I'd have to look back at photos to see the exact date!).   I am so excited to see cousins that I've reconnected with on Facebook but haven't seen face to face in years. 

So with that said - we will be very busy all weekend!!!  I'll have pictures and stories to share next week but . . most likely there will be no posts until Monday. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Double Chocolate Bars

I enjoy getting recipes from other blogs - especially "real people" blogs because, if I like them, I feel like I will like their food.  I know, kinda weird, but that is how my mind works!  So, when I saw this recipe posted over at Jenna's Journey I knew I had to try them besides, who can go wrong with Chocolate?? I've mentioned before that I never really made Bar cookies; I always found them dry.  Little did I know that my husband LOVES bar cookies - more than regular cookies.  He likes the dense, cake like consistency of the bar cookie, as long as they are moist and tasty!  Well, this one fits the bill.  They melt in your mouth.   I think you could substitute just about any chocolate chips - add some mint chips around the holiday; or Peanut Butter Chips for that chocolate and Peanut Butter combo! 

Double Chocoalate Bars

Ingredients:2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1.5 sticks butter, melted
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 whole egg PLUS 1 egg yolk
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degree. Line a 9*13 with foil. Spray well with non stick spray.

Melt butter (I melt mine in the microwave...can you tell I prefer recipes with melted butter? I never think to let it soften).

Using a stand or hand mixer, combine butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla until well combined.

Sift together flour, soda and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Once combined, fold in chips.

Bake for 20 -25 mins - you can test it with a toothpick but that doesn't work very well because you'll probably stick it in chocolate!

Let your pan cool completely, then lift out using the foil. Cut into bars
Jackie's Notes: 
I cooked mine for the full 25 minutes and maybe could have gone a few minutes longer. 
I did not line the pan with foil - just sprayed it well.  That way I could keep them in the pan and just cover it.