Toffee-Hazelnut Bars in a Jar

Give a gift of bars packed in a quart jar, ready to mix and bake. These chewy bars feature hazelnuts and toffee pieces...sure to become a favorite. To bake bars immediately, see the directions at bottom. Bars bake nicely with the Lower Mix combination, featuring 10% microwave along with convection heat. 


3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coaraly chopped hazelnuts
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup toffee pieces
1. In 1-quart glass or plastic jar, layer brown sugar, chocolate pieces, flour, baking soda, salt, hazelnuts, coconut and toffee pieces. Top with tight-fitting lid. Print the following directions and tie on jar:

2. To Make Bars, soften 1/4 cup butter in microwave-safe mixing bowl by microwaving 20 to 30 seconds. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add 2 eggs to butter, beating well after each. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add contents from jar; stir until combined. Spread in 8 or 9-inch square silicone baking pan.  

3. COMBO-BAKE on low rack with 10% microwave power at 350 degrees for 14 to 15 minutes or until center springs back when touched. Cool; cut into bars with silicone spatula. 

About 20 Bars

TIPS  >Coconut can be omitted; increase nuts to 3/4 cup.   

>Almonds or walnuts can be substituted for hazelnuts. 

>When using a glass baking dish, be sure to lightly grease dish. 

>To make bars without mix in jar, combine butter, eggs and vanilla. Then, add ingredients listed, except add chocolate pieces with nuts; mix well. Bake as directed. 

From my Kitchen..

—I recently prepared a double recipe of the Crustless Quiche recipe in the 9inch square pan. Even with the turntable turned off, it cooked nicely on the Low-Mix combination, rotating the dish once. The Egg Bake, cut nicely with the narrow silicone spatula and removed from the dish easily with the wide spatula. A 13x9-inch pan of caramel rolls were prepared in the deep 10.5-inch silicone pan and it baked perfectly on the convection setting. Most things that cook in a 13x9-inch pan can be cooked in the deep round silicone pan and then it turns freely in the ovens with turntables.

—At a recent class, several participants were getting together one evening for dinner and they were each making something from one of the microwave-convection cook books that they had just purchased. I was not there long enough to hear about their results, but thought what a good way to learn together and share cooking experiences.Soups and casseroles are great for winter dining. Make extras and freeze in meal-sized quantities for enjoying at another meal. 


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