Thursday, November 6, 2008

Rocky Road Bars

Ok, so you know how at the top of my blog it says "mostly" healthy? I put that in there so I could post recipes like this:

I was in the mood for some baking and I wanted it to be something easy and with ingredients we had on hand. Wandering into the kitchen, I opened the baking drawer where I keep all the flour, sugar, etc associated with baking. Then I looked in the fridge. And I saw -- Crescents! My mom gave me a Pillsbury Crescent menu book. The little ones that you can buy at the checkout stand. She said everything in it looked so good, so she had to buy it, but that she can't keep it in the house or else she'll make all of the dishes and get fat.

So, it was passed onto me -- apparently so I can get fat! Although, I do buy the reduced fat crescents whenever making these recipes. So, I whipped out the book and the very last page has these bars. I scanned the ingredients quickly and we have everything on hand. Even the 8 oz. package of cream cheese - an extra from making the cheesecake for my birthday!

8 oz. refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
3/4 cup salted peanuts or other nuts, chopped
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375°. Separate dough into 2 long rectangles. Place in ungreased 13 x 9 inch pan; press over bottom to form crust. Seal perforations. Bake at 375° for 5 minutes. Remove from oven.
In medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and peanut butter; blend until smooth. Stir in corn syrup, vanilla and egg; mix well. Pour mixture over partially baked crust; spread evenly. Sprinkle with marshmallows, peanuts and chocolate chips. Return to oven and bake an additional 25-30 minutes or until filling is firm to touch. Cool completely; cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. 36 bars.
Tip: For firmer bar, refrigerate 1 to 2 hours before serving.

Thirty six bars out of a 13 x 9 inch pan? That's like 1 x 2 inch bars!! I guess if you're eating them at a public function where you have to pretend to be quaint and lady-like. When I cut them I got 12 brownie-sized bars.

The shopping trip tonight was a success. Well - almost. Johnny took a slight detour down the frozen food aisle to grab a frozen pizza and we ended up with some other things in the cart. Up until that last aisle we'd stuck to our list. At the check-out I learned that we'd saved $39.79 total - $26.26 in preferred card savings and $13.53 in scanned coupons! Looking forward to the rest of the week's cooking with a planned menu and fully stocked kitchen and fridge!


Nowheymama said...

Oooh... I could make these with Tofutti cream cheese. Yum.

Christina said...

yay for substitutions!

Lisa said...

Yum, what a tasty way to use crescent rolls. These look fab! I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your bars up.