Some days I sit down at the computer to write a post and I'm just.....blank. There's really no other word for it. Sometimes it's because I've had a long day and my brain is just done. Other times it's because the family is not cooperating with my need to concentrate. There is a third reason with the blanks and that's because the recipe just escapes me. It's too delicious for words, or at least for any words I can come up with.
I have this little pile of recipes from my grandmother. Most of them are written on little scraps of paper from the notepad she kept near the phone in her kitchen. The paper from the notepad was used for anything and everything she needed to keep track of or remember. The scraps of paper are of varying sizes, depending on which notepad she had at the time. These recipes are some of my most prized possessions They are cooking gold -- recipes from her friends and family that she thought were delicious or they thought were worth calling and telling her about. This is one of those recipes. There's no name for the recipe, no note as to who it came from, and only vague directions. In my experience, these are always the best -- nearly fail proof and as comforting as my grandmother's hugs.
We spent the day at work today trying to come up with a name for these bars since their name was lost with my grandmother. We didn't really have any luck. So I gave these a most decidedly lame name, but it really is descriptive of them. My friend Sarah said they reminded her of an Almond Joy crossed with a Payday crossed with a Chick 'O Stick that was left in a hot car all day until it's all sticky and gooey. Only there's no chocolate. That's the perfect way to describe these but a little unwieldy for a recipe name. Why don't you try them out and see if you can do better with the naming thing? If you do, let me know.
Gooey Crunchy Goodness Bars
makes about 36 bars
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1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup + 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar, separated
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup salted, roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Mix together the butter, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and flour until the mixture comes together to form little pebbles of dough. Press the dough into an even layer in the bottom of an 8" square baking dish.
In a medium bowl, stir together 2 cups brown sugar, eggs, salt, and vanilla; mix well. Stir in the coconut and chopped peanuts. Spread the mixture evenly over the crust.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before slicing into bars. (It is important to let these cool before cutting them or you will come out with a big oozy mess.)