Mascarpone Chocolate Toffee Bars

Two days ago my fiance left for a river rafting trip in the Grand Canyon (jealous!). He wanted some treats to take along for his friends, so I made these Mascarpone Chocolate Toffee Bars. This recipe comes from Giade De Laurentiis, and it is a great one that I make all the time because it is so easy and decadent. The bars look and taste like they were beautiful and time consuming, but they aren’t.

I do a couple things differently:

-To the softened store-bought sugar cookie dough, I add 1/2 tsp. of vanilla, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, and 2 chopped up toffee bars (I use Heath).

Sugar cookie dough with toffee pieces.

-I don’t add the oil to the melted chocolate. It supposedly makes it shinier, but I think adding the oil is kind of gross.

-To the top of the chocolate mascarpone layer, I use 2 chopped toffee bars. Also, toasting the almonds is key, it gives them so much more flavor and is worth the extra 10 minutes. I usually toast them right after the baked cookie base comes out and the oven is still on.

-They really need to be refrigerated to help the top set, but they do taste best at room temperature. I will eat them any way though 🙂

The yummy topping!

 

Coconut Macaroons

Happy 4th of July!

Today we’re going to a barbeque and I decided to make coconut macaroons. There is a fabulous little bakery here that makes amazing coconut macaroons. They make two varieties, one has sliced almonds and the top is covered in chocolate. The other type has lemon and basil inside, with a lemon glaze. Sounds strange with the basil, but they are so fresh a delicious tasting!

I found a recipe for Lemony Almond Macaroons from Real Simple. They have lemon zest and almonds in them, so I made these and covered half in melted chocolate chips, and the other half, I added basil before baking and when they were done I dusted them with powdered sugar and then covered them in a lemon glaze (lemon juice, lemon zest, powdered sugar).

They look beautiful (sorry for the horrible pictures)!

Chocolate Almond Macaroons

 

Lemon Basil Macaroons