Sunday, May 20, 2012

Praline Bars


I had this recipe for years and I can't really tell where did it come from. Well, a few days ago I found it again in my wide recipe collection and decided to make them. I was pleased with the results! These bars are really  delicious. The bottom layer is a chewy brownie and the top layer reminds me of a cookie. The sides are crispy and, of course, the interior is chewy! 

P.s. Finally the good weather is here and I'm posting some of my photos!


5 TB.(70g) unsalted butter
1/2 c. (115g) + 1 TB. Sugar

1/3 c. (40g) cocoa powder
pinch salt
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1 large cold egg
1/4 c. (30g) AP flour

Position rack in lower third of oven.  Preheat to 350° (180C).  Line bottom and sides of an 8″ (20cm) baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides.
Combine butter, sugar, cocoa and salt in a medium heatproof bowl and set in a wide skillet of simmering water.  Stir from time to time until mixture is melted, smooth and fairly hot.  Remove from skillet and set aside briefly until mixture cools a bit.
Stir in vanilla and egg with a wooden spoon.  When batter is thick and shiny, add flour and stir until mixed in.  Then beat vigorously for 40 strokes.  Spread evenly in lined pan.
1/4 c. (30g) AP flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
4 TB. (57g) butter, melted

1/4 c. + 2 TB. packed brown sugar
1/4 t. salt
1 large egg yolk
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1-1/2 c. coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

Mix flour and baking powder together and set aside.
Combine melted butter, sugar and salt in a medium bowl.  Stir in egg yolk and vanilla. Then add flour mixture, followed by nuts.  Drop spoonfuls over the top of brownie batter.
Bake until edges of topping are well-browned, about 20-25 minutes (I baked them for 25 minutes but next time I'll try to bake them for 20 minutes to make them even chewier).  Cool completely in pan on a cooling rack.
Lift up ends of foil liner.  Cut now, or after refrigerating.


  1. Nice photos!!!

    And, about the bars, that combination between chewy brownie and cookie must be delicious!!
    They're cute on last photo!! I choose the one on the top :P

    1. Haha I agree the one on the top looks the best in the last photo :D Thanks!

  2. Wow that's a real must try recepie and wonderful feel good photos! I'll also have to try your peanut butter pie!

    1. Thanks! Oh I encourage you to try this! And especially peanut butter pie (it'm my favourite!)

  3. Ive made something similar before and the combination is just heavenly! I would love to try this recipe out sometime for sure :)


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