It was a dark and blustery evening and, somewhere in the quiet world, a woman in the throes of PMS desperation went to her kitchen, looking for sustenance and comfort.
Heh. Ok, I told myself I was looking for a sweet recipe to make for our next tea party. The truth is I was just craving something chocolatey, but none of my recipe books had anything that really made my bells chime. So I started improvising. This is the result, which I'm calling Bailey's Chocolate Chip Bars, or BCCB for short.
This began life as the Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I transformed, transmuted and transmorgrified it to the recipe below. The result is a terrible, horrible, very bad, no good, god-awfully decadent treat, to be avoided at all costs by dieters. Now that you've been properly warned, here it is:
Bailey's Chocolate Chip Bars
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened
1/2 cup shortening (if you don't have Crisco, you can just use another stick of butter)
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
1 cup quick cook oats
1/4 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
12 oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips
Nuts if desired
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1-2 tbsp Bailey's Irish Cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
In a small bowl combine oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat together butter, shortening, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each. Slowly beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the Bailey's and chocolate chips. Add chopped nuts if desired.
Spoon about 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of a small greased cake pan.
Bake at 375° for about an hour. The top will be brown and crispy long before the center cooks, so about 30 minutes in, I covered the top with a layer of tin foil and reduced the heat to 350. Test by inserting toothpick, and if it comes out clean, it's done!
Allow to cool and then slice into small bars and serve!
For maximum cooking pleasure, enjoy a sip of Bailey's while you cook. Over ice, or splashed in the coffee cup. Yum!
These would be great for afternoon tea, or for a special brunch or holiday treat, but I have to tell you, they're the perfect breakfast for the PMSing woman. Delish and Decadent.