The Baked Sunday Morning challenge this week is from the newer cookbook Baked Elements. This cookie, which is actually much more like a candy bar, was not too difficult to make but very time intensive. From toasting the coconut to making the shortbread crust then patiently waiting for the caramel to get to the right temp, waiting 3 hours for them to cool and set and another 15-20 minutes for the chocolate to harden it was an all day affair!
These bars are pretty decadent and rich, the shortbread is quite good, the caramel layer is soft and luscious and the chocolate tops them off quite nicely. I always make the recipe just as it reads the first time, but if I were to make these again I would not make as much caramel, that layer was a bit too thick and it was out of balance with the rest of the flavors. These are suppose to be inspired by the Girl Scout Samoa cookie. I have never had one of those (I am a thin mint gal) so I can't really judge.
All in all these were a pretty tasty treat. They are going to work with my husband tomorrow!! Need to get these babies out of the house!
To get the recipe and to see what the other bakers did with this challenge go here.