Chocolate Toffee Cookie Bars

For Thanksgiving for the last 10 years or so I have been bringing the dessert options. There are still some pies and such but I tend to make either cookies, and the ever requested buckeye bars. I like to try at least one new recipes and magic bars are one of my favorites so I wanted to come up with my own twist. Based on what I had on hand I decided to try out some toffee and butterscotch. 

 

 

Chocolate Toffee Cookie Bars
Ingredients: Cookie Dough of Choice ~ 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips ~ 1 Cup of Toffee Bits ~ 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk ~ 1 cup shredded coconut ~ 1/2 cup Butterscotch 

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). I used a homemade cookie dough I had in the freezer but the Toll House rolls are fine too. Place your cookie dough in a 13 x 9 inch glass pan, press down into the pan. Try not to eat any of it.

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Warm up the butterscotch in a glass dish in the microwave for 25-30 seconds. Spoon on top of the cookie dough and spread out.  

Chocolate Toffee Cookie Bars
Sprinkle the toffee bits on top, then add the chocolate chips. I only used a 1/2 cup since I used a chocolate chip cookie dough.

Chocolate Toffee Cookie Bars
 

Chocolate Toffee Cookie Bars
Pour the condensed milk and spread to the edges of the pan. Top with the shredded coconut. 

 

Chocolate Toffee Cookie Bars
 

Chocolate Toffee Cookie Bars
Bake until edges are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool before cutting into bars, or not because they tasted just as good warm.

 

 

Chocolate Toffee Cookie Bars
 

 

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Chocolate Toffee Cookie Bars
 
Ingredients
  • Cookie Dough of Choice
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Cup of Toffee Bits
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup Butterscotch
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Place your cookie dough in a 13 x 9 inch glass pan, press down into the pan.
  3. Warm up the butterscotch in a glass dish in the microwave for 25-30 seconds.
  4. Spoon on top of the cookie dough and spread out.
  5. Sprinkle the toffee bits on top, then add the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the condensed milk and spread to the edges of the pan.
  7. Top with the shredded coconut.
  8. Bake until edges are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool before cutting into bars.

Weekend Happenings

This weekend went by in such a whirlwind that I barely remember what I did. Excited for the short week though so I get to see my family. I will be baking up a storm on Wednesday night and Maddie is coming on Friday so we will be meeting up. So let’s review the weekend so we can get that much closer to Thanksgiving. 

 

Friday: After a long day of 3 meetings all lasting about 1-1/2 hours each I ended the night with a glass of champagne (it’s wasn’t that great) and caught up on my DVR stockpile. Poor Seamus also got to model his new Christmas headband, he’s such a good sport. 

Champs and Seamus
Saturday: I read for a little bit in the morning then got to some cleaning. Thanks to Biana for the inspiration for this way to organize all my Christmas card and wrapping supplies.

 

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I went out to get some shopping done including Marshall’s, A.C. Moore, Lowe’s, the post office and then to the library. Once I got home I had some yard work to finish since this is the last week for curbside pick up. Yes, my town is weird. After 15 bags and a few hours I was finally done. Since we were expecting rain I had to cover them up and my tarp had a rip in it. Good thing I got some Gorilla Glue tape, it’s clear but just as strong as the regular gorilla tape (I received this product free of charge to try out, and I would re-purchase it myself) so I patched the hole and covered everything up. 

Gorilla Glue Clear Tape
I spent the rest of the night knitting, watching Elf and texting friends. Probably not the best idea because I kept losing my place. 

 

knitting
Sunday: The morning was spent trying to get some final house things finished like cleaning my office and attaching door draft guards to my doors. Then it was finally time for the Holliston Craft Fair. This one is so big they actually have a map for all the vendors. I am not a fan of the cover charge to get in but I met one vendor who blew me away with his talent so it was very worth it. Though they look like photographs, these are actually ink drawings. The detail in them was amazing, I ended up purchasing one of a covered bridge, though the Tree On Rock was a close second. I think this would be a great gift for anyone that loves nature scenes and rural life. I asked for permission to take some pictures to share on here because I was just so impressed, check out his other works here. I also managed to get one Christmas present too from another vendor. 

 

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This is the one I purchased, but it doesn’t do it justice one the amount of detail you can see when it’s in front of you: 

covered bridge
After the craft fair I went grocery shopping them home for a nap. Once I woke up I finished cleaning my office, putting away laundry and vacuuming. I got up in the show 90 day Fiance while catching up on some blog posts. 

 

 

office
 

 

Linking up with Leeann from Join the Gossip and Biana from B Loved Boston.

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Friday Favorites | Christmas Inspiration

Happy Friday! I am looking forward to this weekend. The huge Holliston Craft Fair that I went to last year is this weekend and I am hoping to find a few gifts to finish up my Christmas shopping. I also have quite a few more things to check off my ever ending to-do list. With the recent snow in NY I need to check that my snow blower doesn’t need to be serviced, and rake the last of the leaves. I am still hoping to get some reading and relaxing done too if I can. 

 

Favorite Gift Idea: How cute is this idea. There are no directions for it but I imagine you can just melt some chocolate into some muffin tins and place the wooden spoons in them once half harden then place in the fridge. Add a plastic bag to wrap them, maybe toss some marshmallows in and a cute mug or mason jar and you have hot cocoa gifts. 

Hot chocolate spoons

Favorite Recipe: I made this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and I had it for breakfast all week. It is so good and it’s paleo! Score. I replaced the apple butter with almond butter, the coconut milk with almond milk, and adding in 1/4 cup of finely chopped coconut for moisture. It was AMAZING!! It was so light and fluffy, not at all dense. 

banana bread

Favorite Quote: Just keep moving forward. 

 


Favorite DIY: Ashley shared this really cute fabric garland and I just adore it. I think I may have to make it for my tree this year. 

christmas fabric garland tutorial

Favorite Funnies:

 

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  If only we had unlimited funds to spend at Target

And you think about Target more than you think about literally anything else. | 17 Secrets Every Target Lover Will Never Tell You

  I laughed so hard at this one I had to share. 

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It's so true!
 

What are you up to this weekend? 
 

Linking up with Amanda

Meet At The Barre

 Also linking up with Natasha for 5 on Friday.

 

 

 

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG

 
 

 

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Thanksgiving Worthy Cranberry Pear Sauce

As you may or may not know I am not a fan of Turkey. My poor day unknowingly ruined it for me when I was 12 and basically all meat on the bone. I did attempt to eat it last year but really the ham was better. What I do love though is the cranberry sauce. We normally have gotten the cranberry sauce in the can, and while I still really like it for some reason I feel like I should expand my taste buds for something a little more decadent. While the taste is decadent this recipe is really fairly easy. 

 

 

Thanksgiving Worthy Cranberry Pear Sauce
Ingredients: 2 TBSP Honey ~ 1/2 TSP Ground Cinnamon ~ 1 cup Water ~ 1 pear – diced ~ 12 oz of Fresh Cranberries ~ 1/4 cup truvia (or sugar)

 

Directions: In a medium saucepan boil the water, cinnamon and honey until the honey is dissolved. Rinse the cranberries then add to the pan with the diced pear.

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Bring back to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes, stirring periodically so you don’t scorch it.

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You will hear the cranberries popping open. Remove from heat and then mash lightly with a fork, add the truvia a little at a time to taste. Let the sauce cool in the fridge, it will start to thicken the longer it sits. I did try it warm though and it was just as good. 

 

I served over some rotisserie chicken and I can see it paired with lots of dishes. I like most about this recipe is that it uses real ingredients.  It is easy but packs a lot of flavor and will be perfect in a sandwich with any of those leftovers. 

 

Do you like cranberry sauce? 

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? 

 

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5.0 from 5 reviews
Thanksgiving Worthy Cranberry Pear Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • 2 TBSP Honey ~ ½ TSP Ground Cinnamon ~ 1 cup Water ~ 1 pear - diced ~ 12 oz of Fresh Cranberries ~ ¼ cup Truvia (or sugar)
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan boil the water, cinnamon and honey until the honey is dissolved.
  2. Rinse the cranberries then add to the pan with the diced pear.
  3. Bring back to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes, stirring periodically so you don't scorch it. You will hear the cranberries popping open.
  4. Remove from heat and then mash lightly with a fork, add the truvia a little at a time to taste.
  5. Let the sauce cool in the fridge, it will start to thicken the longer it sits. I did try it warm though and it was just as good.

 

Work For Rest

Hello Monday. I almost don’t mind you since I will work less at work than I did this weekend! It was hectic, and I barely sat down all weekend but I did get a lot done even if my to-do list is still half full. How do other people do it? I’ll try to spare you as much as I can but here is what my weekend looked like.

Friday: After work and walking Seamus I went to Lowe’s to get some supplies for a few new projects. I also stopped into Old Navy because I can’t help myself. I started my second book for the Winter Book Challenge

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Saturday: It was an early morning hustle with a quick breakfast before decluttering my spare bedroom closet. I ended up getting rid of two large trash bags for donation and one bag for my friends to go through. Then I vacuumed and febreezed my car, it was smelling like dog.

I also made use of some free samples I received from Gorilla Glue and fixed a fence post that was loose after I scrubbed the whole thing down. Their epoxy is amazing and I am not just saying that because it was free. I also raked the yard so I could make room for another wood project. It took me a few hours so I didn’t get to sit down till about 3pm so I used the rest of the night to clean and put away what I could. I finally sat down around 8 pm to some of my magazines that have been piling up. 

 

 

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Sunday: I woke up early and finished my book. A quick trip to the grocery store, was all I had time for before heading over to my brothers house. My niece had him call me on Friday and said she missed me so of course I had to go visit. They are both so adorable, they actually wanted to share a room. Awww.

 

Sunday
On the way home I stopped at Target and the grocery store since they didn’t have Rotisserie chicken when I went so early. Once home I went on a rampage hanging a bunch of different pictures that I had been meaning to do for week but didn’t have time. It only took one extra trip to the hardware store too. The night was spent on meal prepping, including some paleo Chocolate Banana bread for breakfast, and a cranberry pear sauce which I will be sharing the recipe for tomorrow. The rest of the night which was too short was spent catching up on email and blogging. Don’t get to jealous of my boring-ness. 

 

Linking up with Leeann from Join the Gossip and Biana from B Loved Boston.

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