From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...A used copy of America's Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook came my way while I was vacationing this summer. It, of course, became my beach read for a couple of days, and while I was paging through it, I came across the recipe I'm featuring today. The name grabbed me and I knew I'd have to try the recipe before the seasons changed. As you can see, I'm sneaking in just under the wire. While the Goody Goody Bars are categorized as a cookie, I liken them to a candy-like confection because of their texture and richness. Whatever, you decide to call them, this treat is nearly effortless to make and the recipe uses ingredients that have universal appeal. I love the marriage of chocolate and peanuts, and, if you share my weakness, I think you'll enjoy these bars. Do give them a try. Here is how they are made.
Goody Goody Bars...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of America's Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup salted dry-roasted peanuts, very coarsely chopped
6 cups cornflakes
2 cups (12-oz.)semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 tablespoons vegetable oil
1) Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with foil, allowing excess to overhang pan edges. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
2) Bring sugar and corn syrup to simmer in a large pan set over medium heat. Remove pan from heat. Add peanut butter and chopped peanuts, stirring until smooth. Add corn flakes and stir until well-coated. This mixture is very hot and capable of burning, so do not use your hands for the final mixing.
3) Working quickly, scrape mixture into prepared pan. Using a greased spatula, press mixture into bottom and corners of the pan.
4) Microwave chocolate chips and oil together in a covered bowl, stirring often, until melted, about 2 minutes. Spread evenly over cornflake mixture. Freeze, uncovered, until filling is firm and chocolate has hardened, about 15 minutes.
5) Using foil overhang, lift bars from pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into squares. Serve immediately or store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Yield: 24 bars.
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