Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Salty-Sweet Caramel Nut Bars - by Summer

I am way behind in making February desserts.  I have three words for you Girl Scout Cookies!  It's a total weakness for both my husband and I and last week Monday he came home with 5 boxes!  Needless to say we didn't need any more sweet stuff in the house for a while!  But on Sunday I decided that I should finally get started on some baking - especially since Feb is a short month! 

I was excited to try these.  I planned to make them Sunday afternoon, but it ended up that I couldn't get to them until the evening.  After reading through the recipe when I was starting to make them, I realized that they would have to sit out for 2 hours and then chill for 2 more hours!  The chilling time mentioned at the top of the recipe was a little misleading (it says 2 hours for chilling time).  But I still decided to make them. 

I bought the same kind of nuts as Lisa, but mine had the regular amount of salt.  The dough for the crust was rather crumbly and dry, so I was a little worried that I didn't do something right, but it didn't seem to impact the end result.  I have never made caramel sauce with honey before, but it seemed to cook just fine. 

My husband was disappointed that we couldn't cut into them right after they came out of the oven.  I ended up letting them cool for about an hour and stuck them in the fridge for about 30 minutes, and then we cut into them.  They tasted pretty good.  I think I could actually taste the honey in the filling (I'm not a big honey fan).  I stuck the bars back in the fridge over night and then yesterday chopped them up and sent them to work with my husband (hey - we still have Girl Scout Cookies).  I would definitely try making this recipe again.  It's pretty easy, but I think I would try it with regular brown sugar, not the dark and maybe without the honey.