I first began by challenging myself not to leave the house in order to make what I wanted - no going to the grocery store to pick up missing ingredients. That would involve dressing. And running a brush through my hair.
This was my inspiration:
|Image from The Bite Sized Baker|
I had the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies - only just. I had exactly the right amount of flour needed. Phew. I made chocolate chip cookie dough.
I also had Carnation Caramel - or so I thought. I had picked up regular old condensed milk. The challenge became more intense. I opted not to boil the can in a pot of water for 3 hours because I didn't want to wait that long and couldn't face the challenge of cleaning condensed milk off the ceiling when said can exploded. Instead, I stood by the stove, constantly stirring the milk until it became caramel.
After half an hour it still looked the same.
Forty-five minutes later it stated to look like caramel.
An hour later I was satisfied with what I had and a little fed up. Always, always, read the label carefully and know what you're buying.
How could I put my own spin on this? Well, I made the bloody caramel from scratch - wasn't that personal enough?! I really needed to get these made; I was getting hungry and grumpy. The two feelings go hand in hand. I grabbed a package of Reese's Peanut Butter Chips I had brought over from Canada on my last visit in October. And then I began to layer.
I was pretty impressed with myself. I had completed the challenge and I was still in my pyjamas. I'm not even going to tell you what time it was. I still needed to blog about it and link up to the post over at YHL but I'd get to it. Sure. I'd get to it.
Then I flew home to Canada for my mom's hip replacement and completely forgot about it (she's doing great by the way). Challenge not completed. But, I did make caramel from scratch and gave several people in my neighbourhood a major sugar high when I realised I would make myself sick if I ate anymore and posted a picture on Facebook asking those who wanted some to come and get 'em!
Make these - they're awesome. Just be sure to have a lot of people around to help you eat them.
Chocolate Chip Cookie and Caramel Peanut Butter Chip Bars AKA Ooey Gooey Goodness
Adapted from The Bite Sized Baker
For the chocolate chip cookies either make your favourite recipe or follow this one adapted from the Joy of Baking:
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
For the filling:
Carnation Caramel Condensed Milk
Peanut Butter Chips
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars. Whisk in eggs one at a time and add vanilla. In another bowl, whisk dry ingredients together. Slowly add dry mix to wet mixture until fully incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Add half of the cookie dough to a square non-stick baking pan (I used a silicone pan) and flatten to cover the bottom of the pan with dough. Bake at 190 degrees Celsius for 8-10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and pour the caramel over the cookie base. Sprinkle peanut butter chips to cover the caramel and add the rest of the cookie dough by placing dollops over the top and gently spreading it out to cover the chips. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cookie top is golden brown. Allow pan to fully cool on a wire rack before slicing into bars.
If you can't get your hands on peanut butter chips try adding a 1/4 cup of peanut butter to the caramel and top with chocolate chips instead. I haven't tried this but would have had I not had any peanut butter chips available.