Heath Bar Shortbread Cookies are a re-creation of my favorite childhood candy bar in cookie form and they are absolutely delicious!
Can you hear that sigh…that huge exhale of relief? I’ve decided that this year I have to be more cognizant of MY priorities and that might include saying no to some interesting but otherwise way too time consuming projects for the blog. This week my only priority was getting these Heath Bar Shortbread Cookies on my blog!
I won’t be heading to events that someone hopes I cover in exchange for an entry ticket or a free drink…sometimes they’re fun but not as much fun as meeting my own friends and buying my own drink…and I don’t have to write a post afterwards either!
I’m officially taking a leave of absence from another baking group too; I just don’t have enough hours in the day to get it all done and I have some things of my own I want to start. A Cocktail Club. More salads and light dishes. Some posts that are near and dear to my heart about social issues and food.
Still; one obligation that I hope to not miss is this one…when I bake with friends. Even if my baking this month would have me win the ‘Better Late Than Never’ award. Not just the last day of the month…no, I managed to make it the last day of the YEAR..buh bye 2012.
If I’m perfectly honest, this post for #Baketogether should not be happening at all. I started feeling a bit punk on Christmas Eve and missed a couple of things I wanted to go to; managed to muddle through Christmas OK but just crashed afterwards with a horrible cold…you know, the kind when you honestly feel like you might rip your lungs out of your body when you cough?
Yeah, that kind. I was sick in bed Wednesday and Thursday (first time in many years I did that!) and in my fog, my Friday Cocktail post went live but it had not actually been completed so not only was there no photo…the ‘post’ was basically some notes and a recipe. I think that might have freaked me out more if I hadn’t been sick!
Cough medicine was the great equalizer…I was pretty mellow and with an ‘Oh, well’ attitude I managed to make and photograph this Champagne Cocktail for New Year’s and revised that pathetic post as quick as possible.
The cocktail was wonderful but I only had a sip…I could have downed it in a heartbeat but just could not convince myself that it was the perfect pairing for Tylenol Cold and Flu Medicine. Boo.
Now, I could attest to my great fondness for Abby Dodge and my total commitment to her monthly event and there would be truth in those words. But if I’m honest? I didn’t feel good and I wanted two things. Some soup and some cookies.
I figure if I was going to make cookies, then I ought to do these Heath Bar Shortbread Cookies and I’m so glad I did. They embody not only a great shortbread cookie but also the flavors of my favorite candy bar; the Heath Bar. I believe that the first cavity I ever got when I was little must have had ‘Heath Bar’ attributed to it. They are basically a shortbread cookie with Heath Bits ‘O Brickle; yes, candy!
It’s been a long term love affair and these cookies were the perfect vehicle for those flavors of toffee and milk chocolate. An easy and delicious cookie filled with Heath Brickle Bits and then drizzled with some melted milk chocolate. I will blame the fever on the fact that I ate so many of the first batch I cooked that I had to bake more in order to get photos.
They are that good…you know, the ‘I think I’ll just have one more’ type of good but then you keep saying that same thing over and over until they are all gone good?
Was it coincidence or is there truth in the fact that I feel better after indulging. I think it was the cookies. Next time? Forget gargling with salt water…I’m eating some more Heath Bar Ice Box Cookies! The doctor you need to call is Dr. Dodge!
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The dough can be prepared through Step 5 and refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for 1 month before proceeding with the recipe. If frozen, thaw in the fridge overnight before baking. Layer the baked and cooled cookies between sheets of parchment or waxed paper in an airtight container. These cookies can be stowed for up to 5 days at room temperature or for up to 3 months in the freezer.
For the Chocolate Drizzle
To make the dough
To bake the cookies
To drizzle the cookies
The dough can be prepared through Step 5 and refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for 1 month before proceeding with the recipe. If frozen, thaw in the fridge overnight before baking.
Layer the baked and cooled cookies between sheets of parchment or waxed paper in an airtight container. These cookies can be stowed for up to 5 days at room temperature or for up to 3 months in the freezer.