TwD: BCM Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars


In Dorie’s introduction to this week’s assignment, crispy-topped brown sugar bars, she said her friend described these as what “Rice Krispies Treats would have been had they been born in France.”

After tasting these bars, I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment. Leave it to the French to take something has simplistic as Rice Krispies Treats and make them fancy enough to serve at a party with their brown sugar cookie base and bittersweet chocolate topping layer. However, Dorie herself suggested that the Rice Krispies be caramelized for an added flourish.

To be honest, I was going to skip the caramelization part because I’ve never had great luck with caramelizing anything. The first few steps were easy enough, but when it came to browning the sugared Krispies, my Krispies looked white, dry, and like they weren’t even going to stick together. Then the magic happened. I noticed a few Krispies here and there start turning a beautiful brown color. Pretty soon, all the bits were brown and sticking together. Voilà! After topping the bars, I had enough caramelized Krispies left over to sprinkle over a small bowl of vanilla bean ice cream. Definitely worth it.

These crispy-topped brown sugar bars were made as a part of Tuesdays with Dorie. If you’d like to join our baking group, pick up a copy of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi and bake along!

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 11:47:06

    They do look magical!

  2. Sharron
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 15:28:49

    these really do take rice crispy treats to a whole new level! I am glad the caramelized rice crispies worked for you – they are the highlight of the treat! Good work!

  3. Liz
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 17:15:20

    Your cookie layer looks perfect! These were irresistible, weren’t they???

  4. Cakelaw
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 17:32:16

    Glad you enjoyed these. I skipped the rice krispies and used popcorn.

  5. Tanu sree
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 18:26:01

    These cookies look fantastic. Got to get a copy of Baking Chez Moi… such lovely treats !

  6. Zosia
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 19:47:41

    Your bars look wonderful. The topping was delicious, wasn’t it.

  7. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 21:24:20

    my aunt used to make something very similar to this and we called it crack candy it was so addictive and delicious. Love your version!

  8. Joyce, kitchen flavours
    Mar 25, 2015 @ 08:14:21

    Your bars look really nice! I wished that I have caramelize the rice krispies! But then it was good too, a hit with my kids!

  9. sara
    Mar 25, 2015 @ 12:56:58

    Oooh, these look absolutely amazing! YUM!

  10. Margaret @approachingfood
    Mar 25, 2015 @ 20:10:13

    Your squares look delicious! I didn’t use Rice Krispies but now I wish I had!

  11. hotlyspiced
    Mar 25, 2015 @ 20:53:17

    It’s always good to have a little bit of magic in the kitchen xx

  12. Bam's Kitchen
    Mar 26, 2015 @ 00:12:14

    Delicious and love that topping!!!

  13. steph (whisk/spoon)
    Mar 26, 2015 @ 11:21:04

    yeah, these are tasty, and I’m also enjoying my leftover krispies on ice cream.

  14. Juliana
    Mar 26, 2015 @ 16:12:44

    I can only imagine how the caramelized rice krispies would taste…awesome bars.
    Hope you are having a great week 🙂

  15. Mary @ Fit and Fed
    Mar 26, 2015 @ 22:38:31

    Oh my gosh, between caramelized rice crispies and bruleed Bundt cake, you sure have been making some amazing desserts lately. You have the luckiest workmates ever, BTW, they are not going to forget you bringing the creme brulee torch to that Valentine’s potluck.

  16. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Mar 27, 2015 @ 02:29:38

    You are a magician, that’s for sure. 🙂 I love these bars and that topping is so cool!

  17. Monica
    Mar 27, 2015 @ 13:39:02

    Okay, everyone loves a rice krispies treat even if they don’t realize they do…but these look intense! Glad you worked the caramelizing magic. I want to try that!

  18. Ameena
    Mar 27, 2015 @ 18:40:26

    Brown sugar anything sounds perfect to me! These look delicious YC!

  19. Geraldine
    Mar 28, 2015 @ 23:54:22

    These bars look heavenly.

  20. Three Well Beings
    Mar 29, 2015 @ 23:07:23

    How could these be anything but wonderful! I don’t know that I’ve every caramelized anything at all, but I’m willing to try! I’m impressed!

  21. jora
    Mar 30, 2015 @ 11:08:50

    Yours came out beautifully! I loved them, but secretly love plain-old rice kripsy treats too.

  22. Raymund
    Mar 30, 2015 @ 13:56:01

    Wow sinfully delicious!

  23. Jessica
    Mar 30, 2015 @ 14:35:04

    These look so delicious! I will definitely have to try these soon. I think everyone in my house will love them.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  24. Culinary Flavors
    Mar 31, 2015 @ 11:59:53

    They look so crunchy and tasty!

  25. I Wilkerson
    Apr 01, 2015 @ 13:53:55

    These do look tasty!

  26. Cathleen | My Culinary Mission
    Apr 04, 2015 @ 14:31:10

    The topping is dangerously good! I didn’t think mine were ever going to brown – but they magically did. 🙂

  27. Daniela
    Apr 10, 2015 @ 09:41:38

    They look irresistible!

  28. Lady Lilith
    Apr 13, 2015 @ 10:08:04

    I have been cutting down on sugars. After this post, I may have to make an exception 🙂

  29. Dana @ Simply Romanesco
    Apr 13, 2015 @ 14:06:11

    These bars look absolutely amazing! So tasty 🙂

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