Rocky Road Chocolate Bark – A Sweet Gift To Give For #ChristmasWeek

Welcome to Day Four of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!

Rocky Road Chocolate Bark | Cooking In Stilettos

Recently, I was in one of my favorite stores and saw the prices for that chocolate bark that they have in the fancy tin.  Well – after what I learned with my Hawaiian Crunch White Chocolate Bark, I decided that I’d make my own chocolate bark to give this year (and a little bit extra for under the tree, of course).  One of my favorite childhood ice cream flavors as a child was Rocky Road and after picking up some marshmallows at my local WholePaychex, I decided there was no time like the present…. 

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Holiday Cookie Swap – Make These Chocolate Caramel Studded Toffee Bars #TollHouseTime

The holiday cookie swaps are approaching and you know that you have to make a recipe that will make the receiver swoon over the treat that you have made. However, have you ever had that panic of looking at recipe after recipe and nothing seems good enough? I have the perfect cookie recipe for you – Toffee Bars. However, these are not just any toffee bar – they are studded with chocolate and caramel goodness.

I recently discovered a must make recipe for Toffee Bars that had me intrigued and thinking about them to the point of obsession. However, one of the steps it called for stopped me in my tracks – Brown Butter. Confession – I have never made brown butter successfully before – burnt butter yes, but brown butter – that has always eluded me. I have had friends rave about the nutty qualities it imparts in their recipes and, after one too many “burnt butter” episodes, I decided way back when that browning butter and I were not ever going to be BFFs. That was until these Toffee Bars crossed my path.

I recently discovered Nestlé® Toll House® DelightFulls™ Filled Baking Morsels and they had to.die.for chocolate caramel morsels that were begging to be tried. I’m a sucker for all things chocolate and caramel and I knew that these Toll House Chocolate Caramel Morsels would take a toffee bar from ordinary to extraordinary!

Some tips with these toffee bars – no matter HOW MUCH you are tempted to cut them as soon as they are out of the oven – don’t. They need the time to rest. Resist the urge for at least a hour and a half to two hours. Also, while I thankfully was able to make my first batch of brown butter (and now I’ll be trying it in more recipes), you have to watch it like a mother hen. I used a large stainless steel skillet and hovered over it, watching for the first signs of trouble. When I thought it was right at that stage, I removed it from the heat and poured it into a bowl to cool. No residual cooking for this gal – just in case.

Now – these are the basic bars – but you can totally make them your own – drizzle them with some dark chocolate or salted caramel or just serve them as is. If you really want to get experimental – you could do a dark chocolate cherry version with the Nestle Toll House Delightfulls in the Dark Chocolate Cherry flavor (and with some dried cherries soaked in amaretto for some added flavor – I’m just sayin….). Be the executive chef in your own kitchen – but make sure to put these Nestle Toll House Delightfulls on your holiday pantry shopping list (and then send me the links to what you made with them!)

On to the recipe:

Gather your ingredients

Check out these lovely Nestlé Toll House Delightfulls Baking Morsels

OK – let’s bake. The first flavor component – time to brown the butter

The second flavor component – the Nestlé Toll House Delightfulls Chocolate Caramel Morsels – sneak a couple for “quality control” purposes of course

Let’s get these lovelies into the oven

Would you like one?

Chocolate Caramel Studded Toffee Bars

Adapted from Amy Thielen

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, plus more for buttering baking dish
  • 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt (I used my favorite vanilla salt)
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup of Nestlé Toll House Delightfulls Chocolate Caramel Morsels

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Butter an 8 x 8 pan and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, add the butter and let melt over medium heat. Cook for about 3 – 5 minutes until the butter foams and then turns a shade of nutty brown and remove from the heat. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside.
  5. In the bowl of a large mixer, add the cooled brown butter and brown sugar and mix thoroughly.
  6. Add the eggs, one by one followed by the vanilla until it starts to turn light and fluffy. The color will change from a dark brown to a light brown so keep an eye on this mixture.
  7. Remove from the mixer and incorporate the dry ingredients by hand, making sure to not overmix.
  8. Fold the Nestlé Toll House Delightfulls Chocolate Caramel Morsels into the mixture and then pour into the prepared baking dish.
  9. Spread the mixture into an even layer.
  10. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Let cool for at least an hour and a half to two hours before cutting into bars.
  12. Enjoy!

Check out some Delightfull recipe ideas from Nestlé Toll House. You can follow Nestlé on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

The same NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® chocolate you know and love now filled with rich caramel, peanut butter, mint, and cherry flavored filling. Add these new filled baking morsels to your favorite recipes for a special twist on the classic, or try experimenting with them in a recipe you’ve never tried before!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Day 2 of #ChristmasWeek Calls For Bourbon Brownies

Welcome to Day Two of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!

Bourbon Brownies | Cooking In Stilettos

Y’all know I love my bourbon.  I have to say, I used to be a rum gal but these past few years, I’ve found myself baking and cooking more with bourbon.  I love that smoky flavor it imparts and when I was thinking of recipes that I wanted to make for #ChristmasWeek, well, I had to do something a bit boozy, right?  These Bourbon Brownies pack a bourbon punch – in the batter, in the “glaze” fresh out of the oven and in the frosting.  If this is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Clearly – these are not brownies for the little ones.  These Bourbon Brownies are strictly for the grown folks – those that enjoy a good glass of that amber nectar after a long day at work.  Just grab one of these brownies and a hot toddy of sorts and curl up by the Christmas Tree.  If you leave these for Santa – you better leave a note he might need a designated driver – or have Rudolph at the wheel.  He might be a bit jolly after a few of these…. 

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Orange Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies For #FBCookieSwap

Orange Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies | Cooking In Stilettos

When I first started on my culinary journey with the determination that I can and will learn to bake (other than my infamous Rum Soaked Chocolate Chip Cookies), I once decided that I would channel my inner Martha and go on a baking spree that made my friends happy and gave me some new recipes to play with.

During that inner Martha moment is when I discovered these Orange Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I make this recipe  every year and it is the first to go from the cookie plate.  Friends and family ask for this more than Bacon Bark and that amazes me because Bacon Bark is the bomb.  If I could I would have sent Bacon Bark to everyone on my Cookie Swap List.  However, since this is the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, I don’t think sending Bacon Bark fits the requirements…. 

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Kicking Off #ChristmasWeek With Millionaire’s Shortbread Cookies

Welcome to Day One of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!

Millionaire's Shortbread Cookies | Cooking In Stilettos

It’s the first day of #ChristmasWeek and we’ve got some delicious sweet treats that will have you forgetting about calories until January hits.  Added bonus, we’re celebrating Susan of Little Red Kitchen‘s birthday so I brought a sweetly salted treat to the party – these rich and buttery Millionaire’s Shortbread Cookies.  What’s a Millionaire’s Shortbread you ask – a rich buttery shortbread layered with a bit of caramel and chocolate – decadent, divine and utterly delicious!

I decided to play with a basic recipe and add my own spin to the mix with adding a touch of Peanut Butter to the mix.  Why Peanut Butter you ask – because peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven and add some caramel and finish with a bit of fleur de sel and this is a cookie that is a must make this holiday season…. 

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16 Of The Best Tried and True Recipes of 2014

This is a sponsored post.  My opinions are my own.

16 of the Best Tried and True Recipes from Cooking In Stilettos for 2014

Where has this year gone? One minute it’s January and now we’re in December and getting ready for the Christmas holiday season.

Foodie asked us to compile some of the best recipes of 2014 and while I had a hard time picking them as there were so many that I loved, here are some of what I feel are the best tried and true recipes that will be a staple in your recipe box…. 

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The Best Ever Ginger Snaps – Perfect For The Holidays #BloggerClue

Ginger Snaps | Cooking In Stilettos

With the holidays around the corner, there has to be an ultimate cookie recipe perfect for the cookie plate right?

The Blogger C.L.U.E. Society is a group of amazingly talented bloggers and once a month, we hunt through their blogs, play with their recipes and find out as much as we can to make the ultimate recipe that fits our theme of the month.  This month’s mission – peruse From Cupcakes to Caviar and find the perfect recipe that reminds me of something my grandmother would make.  Janet, the recipe guru behind the blog, is an amazing cook and baker so when I was looking for recipes that would remind me of something my grandmom adored, I knew exactly which one was perfect to play with – her Ginger Snaps recipe. CLUE logo

Growing up I remember having the two dinner dilemma for the holiday.  We’d go to my grandmom’s in the morning and that evening we’d head to my Bampa’s.  One thing I always looked forward to was my grandmom’s homemade cookies that she kept in a tin on the back credenza by the window.  Even now, thinking back to those times, I can remember seeing that tin beckoning, right next to her ever present pecan pie.  So – while the adults would discuss all things politics, I’d be munching away on one of my grandmom’s delicious homemade cookies…. 

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