I like dessert. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I love sweets. Sweet treats. Dessert just happens to (usually) be sweet. In fact, I remember as a child learning to spell the word. To differentiate it from “desert” remember that it has two s’s (esses) like “So Sweet”. SOOOOO sweet.
Although I try to eat very healthy (most of the time) there are times that I just have to have something sweet. The Hubs marvels at the concoctions that I come up with when my sweet tooth takes charge of my rational being. As was the case the other night when dinner was over and I found myself with no dessert and craving something sweet. I did what I do and I went to the pantry and the cupboards and opened them up. I found a can of Dulce de Leche, some pecans, and some chocolate chips. These are actually staples in my house. What I whipped up was beyond good. In fact, I amazed even myself. I (with the help of a friend) have named it Deserv-ed Dessert. Although I love sweets, I don’t feel that we need them every night, but this was a night that we had all cleaned our plates and had really good behavior, so we “deserved” this awesome goodness.
I didn’t really measure things, so the amounts may be just a wee off.
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened slightly
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1 (to 1 ½) cups all-purpose flour
- 1-2 tablespoon(s) cold water
- 1 can Dulce de Leche
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
- Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 X 13 pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl combine the sugars, oats, flour and butter with your fingers or a pastry blender until crumbly, like coarse meal. Add a little bit of the cold water, blending to make a stiff dough. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and spread the Dulce de Leche over the cookie crust. Sprinkle pecans over the top. Bake for another 7-10 minutes until melty. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chips over the top of the pecans. Bake another 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars and enjoy!
I would recommend waiting 10-15 minutes to cool these, instead of the 3 that I waited. They were still super hot. Every one of us liked these. Really, really liked these. I will most definitely be making them again! We deserve them…