Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mascarpone & Chocolate Toffee Bars

These bars are surprisingly easy to make and so amazingly delicious! The combination of chocolate and mascarpone gives the chocolate layer a rich silky texture, and the crunch from the toffee bits make these bars so irresistible!  Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Mascarpone & Chocolate Toffee Bars
adapted from:  food network

Cooking spray
1 pound refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 cup chopped chocolate toffee, divided (recommended: Heath Toffee Bits)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (recommended: Ghirardelli)
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 cup (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

  • Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray a 8x8 inch nonstick baking pan with vegetable cooking spray. Lay a piece of parchment paper in the pan, allowing the excess paper to overhang the sides. Spray the parchment paper lightly with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the cookie dough, 1/2 of the toffee bits and vanilla extract. Using damp fingers, gently press the dough nto the prepared pan. Using the tines of a fork, prick the dough all over. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned. Cool for 15 minutes.
  • Place the chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a medium bowl. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir until the chocolate has melted. Cool the chocolate mixture for 10 minutes.  
  • Whisk in the mascarpone cheese until the mixture is smooth. Using a spatula, spread the chocolate mixture over the cooled crust. Sprinkle the remaining toffee bits and sliced almonds over the chocolate mixture. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours until the chocolate layer is firm.
  • Peel off the parchment paper and cut into 1 1/2 by 2-inch bars. (I cut the bars into bite size pieces, they are so rich in flavor, a little goes a long way)   

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    1. I love the creativity of this blog!!! The photographs are great. Can you please post your best recipe we can use for all the basil leaves in our garden?

    2. Your blog is so beautiful! It is soothing to the eyes and looks elegant. Anyway, your recipe looks delicious! Might have to try this one. Thanks for including it in Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits. Hope you will come back. I am joining your Friend Connect

    3. Visiting from Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits
      Wow, do these look good! I'm almost sorry I saw them--I'm going to think about them all night.