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Monday, December 12, 2011

Caramel Nut Revel Bars ( The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap)

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The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap
I signed up for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap with with Lindsay and Julie. It is a secret Santa style swap- so I am not supposed to contact my matches until after the swap! Lindsay and Julie told me not to ruin the surprise. I am terrible with secrets, this is killing me! I want to call my swap matches and ask- Did you get the cookie bars? Did they arrive in bars and not crumbs? Do you like them? Do you really ? Huh? Huh? Oh yeah, this is torture! So far, I have received one dozen cookies from my secret Santa and they were oh- so- yummy! I baked over three dozen bars and shipped one dozen cookies to three different people! I can't wait for the responses!

These bars are so dreamy and delicious, your kids will be fighting over them, Amy's kids were- LOL!

All of my favorite cookie bar ingredients, Oatmeal crust, caramel, chocolate, roasted almond slivers, marshmallows.....YES!!

This is what the picture looks like in the magazine- oh please let my cookie bars turn out like these!

It came out better than the photo!

Sunshine on my cookie bars, makes me happy, sunshine in my dee da......Caramel Nut Revel Bars for The Cookie Swap
  •     1    cup butter or margarine
  •     2    cups packed brown sugar
  •     2    eggs
  •     2    teaspoons vanilla
  •     2 1/2    cups all-purpose flour
  •     1    teaspoon baking soda
  •     3    cups quick-cooking rolled oats ( I used regular oats)
  •     1    14 ounce can (1-1/4 cups) sweetened condensed milk
  •     1    12 ounce package (2 cups) semisweet chocolate pieces
  •     1    cup chopped walnuts ( I used roasted almond slivers)
  •     2    teaspoons vanilla


1. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the butter or margarine. In a large mixing bowl beat the remaining butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar; beat until well mixed. Beat in eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. In another large bowl stir together flour and baking soda; stir in oats. Gradually stir dry mixture into beaten mixture. Set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan combine the reserved butter or margarine, the sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate pieces. Cook over low heat until chocolate melts, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in walnuts and the 2 teaspoons vanilla.

3. Press two-thirds (about 3-1/3 cups) of the oat mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Spread chocolate mixture over the oat mixture. Using your fingers, dot remaining oat mixture over the chocolate.

4. Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned (chocolate mixture will still look moist). Cool on a wire rack. Cut into 2x1-inch bars. Makes about 75 bars.

    Make Ahead Tip Line the baking pan with foil, extending the foil over edges of pan. Prepare and bake bars in foil-lined pan as above. Cool; lift bars out of pan on the foil. Place uncut bars in freezer bag or container. Seal, label, date, and freeze up to 1 month. Thaw bars at room temperature about 15 minutes. Once thawed, cut into bars.

Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens
Christmas Cookies Magazine.

These are the adorable boxes that I used for the cookie swap!

Santa's elf helping me with packaging and wrapping the cookie bars!

My Christmas Wreath that I made with help from Sweet Annie Designs.

One of the Christmas wreaths from Church.

My beautiful bouquets from my loving friends and paper whites about to pop! Merry Christmas 2011! Love, Nettie This post has been linked up to some of my favorite blogs!!


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Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Nettie, you are KILLING ME today with those close up photos of those bars - I just want to eat one right through the computer screen. YUM! They look SO good! And how cute are the boxes? What a nice presentation. I'll have to keep an eye out for those for when we bake for our neighbors.
Off to check out that fudge recipe!

Jenn "Rook No. 17" said...

Nettie, wow, wow, WOW! These sound incredible!

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talent on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17! I'm featuring your post on my Facebook page today!

Warmest wishes,

Teena Mary said...

OMG! they looks soo delicious!! Wanna grab it right now ! Creative too :) Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

So awesome! These look delicious. :)

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

well my mouth is WATERING!!!! YUMMY!!!!!!! i want one right now!!! thank you for sharing your fabulous cooking talents and creativity with us and thank you for stopping by the cottage market!!! so glad you did! :) i am now your newest follower! sending holiday hugs to you and yours and can't wait to see the other wonderful creations you come up with!!!!

Chris said...

Hi Nettie, thank you so much for sharing the recipe for the caramel nut revel bars. They sound absolutely delicious. Happy New Year to you. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Six Sisters said...

These bars look so yummy. Thank you for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you come back to share more great ideas next Saturday. -The Sisters

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Thank you Lisa, they were so much fun to make and so yummy! Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Jenn!Thank you so much, I am so happy you like them!


Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Teena Mary- thank you so much, that is so sweet of you to say so.


Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Dorothy! Thank you so much! It's always so great to see you! Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Andrea,

So happy to meet you and I am so happy that you like the Revel bars, they are a really fun bar to make and so delicious! Look forward to seeing you again!!


Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Chris,

So nice to meet you and I am so happy that you stopped by, I love your blog. These bars are so wonderful, happy you like them!


Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Sweet Sisters,

Thank you for stopping by, as always it is my pleasure, so happy you like my Revel bars, they are really yummy!