Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Oatmeal Toffee Bars

So sad, these are all gone, I could really go for one with a glass of milk right now.

I am finding it so hard to cook and bake.  My gears have shifted. Before I could not get enough of cooking and baking and creating in the kitchen.  But I became tired of my masterpieces disappearing in one gulp.  Dont get me wrong I still enjoy it.  Now my passion is quilting and creating.  I am approaching it with the same fervor as my food fascination a couple years ago.  I started a blog called the Crafty Bee's Knees.  I cant stop.  I eat sleep and breathe fabric.  Dreaming of new ways to put it together.  Watching it transform itself from the singular into a composed piece of whatever- like a wuilt or a hand bag.  So fun. 

But you know me and the kids still get snacky from time to time.  These were a great treat for their lunch pails.

Oatmeal Toffee Bars
Adapted from this recipe here at Hershey's.

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup HEATH BITS Toffee Bits
3 cups quick-cooking or regular rolled oats

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
Stir together flour, oats, wheat germ, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended.  Spread batter into prepared pan; sprinkle toffee bits over surface. Bake 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.


Kathleen said...

They would be great for kids snacks for school! going to try them this weekend.

kathleen xx

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I love having treats like these - with oats or museli - with a glass of milk too. These sound great, I'm saving the recipe.

Murasaki Shikibu said...

I'd love to make these, but I might have to make my own toffee first. o_O

I think I've baked enough this week and am not going to bake anything for the rest of the week now. It was one mad sourdough festa in this house...

Tracy said...

Those look so good! Don't fret about not being into cooking. These things ebb and flow. I tried quilting but found it to be a long process. Cooking has much more immediate gratification!

grace said...

those toffee bits are addictive! bonus--no candy thermometer required!

kat said...

I totally know what you mean. I don't want to stop sewing to go cook dinner these days!