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Bar cookies that remind you of candy

"Taffy Bars" are a cookie that has a chewy candy-like topping
"Taffy Bars" are a cookie that has a chewy candy-like topping

Bar cookies are always popular with anyone that enjoys sweets! They are easy to do, store well and can be transported easily. Most bar cookies also can be mailed very well, due to their sturdy structure. Actually, I prefer bar cookies to dropped or rolled cookies for those reasons.

Let's look at a recipe for "Taffy Bars". While there's not any actual taffy in this treat, this is a bar cookie that's a cross between a cookie and a candy. It's much like a cookie in that it has a shortbread crust. This is made with flour, brown sugar, butter and cream cheese. This is pressed into a 9x13 inch pan. You now arrange pecan halves in rows across the shortbread crust. All of this is topped with a hot brown sugar topping, which is what may lead you to think that it's a candy, much like caramel. The cookies are now ready to bake and after baking for 25 minutes, they now cool until warm. Then, you may cut them into bars and have some cold milk, tea or coffee on standby!

This cookie is reminds me a lot of pecan pie with the brown sugar topping that goes over the pecans. If you like pecan pie, you're sure to like these cookies! In the recipe, it calls for butter. I would advise using the real article and not substitute. The butter flavor makes a big difference in these cookies, so try to use it if at all possible. With the cream cheese, I would advise using the regular cream cheese. Though personal experience, I've found that the reduced fat or fat-free versions don't perform quite the same as the regular versions. Therefore, I would suggest serving modest portions, as hard as it may be to do!

Another great bar cookie is one I gave last December for "Orange Slice Bar Cookies" that use the orange slice candy. With the holidays not that far off, you may want to get this recipe and have it ready for the upcoming Christmas baking season. To get the recipe, follow this link:

Bake a batch of these bars and have plenty of milk, tea or coffee on hand to fully indulge!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 3-ounce packages cream cheese
  • 24 pecan halves
  • Caramel topping (recipe below)

Stir together flour and brown sugar. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the butter and cream cheese until completely blended. Press into a greased 9x13 inch pan. Arrange pecan halves, pressing them down slightly, equally apart over the surface (there will be four crosswise rows and six lengthwise rows.) Prepare the Caramel Topping and drizzle over the pecans and base. Bake at 350 degrees until topping is bubbling and looks glazed, about 25 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool. While still warm, cut into 24 bars.

Caramel Topping:

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

In a 1-qt. saucepan over moderately low heat, combine butter and brown sugar and cook just until the mixture boils.

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