Tuesdays with Dorie: Snickery Squares

March 4, 2008 at 8:22 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 34 Comments

snickery squares

Erin of Dinner and Dessert was at the controls for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe.  She chose Dorie Greenspan’s Snickery Squares from the book Baking: From My Home to Yours.  Dorie calls these “classy Snickers.”  Shortbread, dulce de leche, candied peanuts and chocolate glaze…okay, there’s no nougat, but we won’t get too technical here!  They still sounded candybar-licious to me!

I can’t say that I’ve noticed store-bought dulce de leche at my local grocery store in Sydney, so I made my own from a can of sweetened condensed milk .  I threw caution to the wind and did it they way they all say not to…I boiled it in the can for three hours.  Luckily there were no horrific explosions, and when I opened up the tin a few days later (I went away for the weekend and stashed it in the fridge), I had a can of beautifully thick caramel goo.

snickery squares

My bars look a little more oozy than they probably should.  I just made them this afternoon, and had to shortcut the chilling time before their photo-session, as my daylight was fleeting!  These are rich…super-rich.  I’d maybe prefer a thinner layer of bittersweet chocolate topping, but besides that, no complaints here!

You can find the recipe for Snickery Squares in Baking: From My Home to Yours or on Dinner and Dessert.  And don’t forget to check out the posts from the other Tuesdays with Dorie members!

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  1. Oh my goodness! Your bars just made me gain another ten pounds! I love that you made your own Dulce de Leche!

  2. They look delicious!

  3. They look awesome Steph. Great job!

  4. Oh man! they look fabulous Steph! I think Dorie might need to switch out her picture for yours! Great job!
    -Clara

    http://iheartfood4thought.wordpress.com

  5. looks like you did a great job! i’m so impressed with your dulce de leche a la can! you peanuts turned out beautifully. :)

  6. I’ve never heard of making dulce de leche that way. I’ll have to try it!

    Your squares look great…not as oozy as mine! ;-)

  7. That top photo looks fabulous! I chilled my bars overnight, and the dulce de leche still oozed all over the place. I think I need to try making my own next time so I can make it thicker.

  8. Wow, your pictures look amazing!

  9. Hmmmm, that looked good. I guess that I should have cooked the dulce de leche.

  10. Beautiful! I always *love* what you do with you shots, they turn out gorgeous and cute at the same time! My bars were a tiny bit “oozy” as well, but I’d say your turned out quite good. Great job!

  11. Everyone fears boiling the can! Yet so many people have just gone and done it and have been just fine. I think your bars look just yummy. :) Almost makes me want to join TWD, but am definitely enjoying seeing everyone else’s work. I’ve been stalking here for a while. I love your photos!

  12. your bars look great. the photography is really good.

  13. I made my own dulce de leche as well. I couldn’t find it here in Maryland either. I guess I could have looked harder, but I really loved the homemade caramel so it all worked out in the end. Your bars look great!

  14. Yum!! They look so good.

  15. Yum! That picture is gorgeous!

  16. Your squares look absolutely wonderful!

  17. Your squares look delicious, and I love looking at that homemade dulce de leche! Great job!

  18. tes carrés sont superbes et tes photos magnifiques !!
    bravo :)

  19. NICE photo!!! I can almost taste it…

  20. I can’t find Dulce de Leche here either, and have only had it this way. I discovered it a while ago in a Jamie Oliver apple pie recipe and he said to do it the way you did. Works a treat huh? Your candy looks delicious!

  21. If you call that oozy – seriously, mine went everywhere! Yours look awesome, and I’m impressed that you managed to pull off the condensed milk method :)

  22. Ooozy? They look perfect. I have peanut envy. Yours are perfectly caramelized.

  23. I make caramel this way. I’m always, well, downright scared. But it’s just too good to give up!!!! Yours bars look absolutely sinful.

  24. Your bars look fabulous! I’m envious of your lovely caramely peanuts, my caramel never reverted back the liquid stage. :( Good job!

  25. Your bars look great! Wow, you made your own dulce de leche, I’m so impressed. I’ll probably try it next time.

  26. OH GOOD LORD I think I just died and went to heaven!! These look perfect. PERFECT!

  27. I am speechless…that caramelly, chocolaty concoction will send my son into orbit…….me too!!!!!

  28. wow! i think your crust to dulce to chocolate ratio looks great! mine was more 1:1:1 and your dulce layer looks nice and thick! :)

  29. They look awesome! :) Do they taste anything like Snickers-the candy bar?

  30. I have been boiling those cans for years, although it’s really important to pierce the top to stop them exploding. I thought it would never happen to me and then one day I forgot to pierce and the things exploded and nearly hit my friends head! When the go, they really go. That looks so wickedly delicious though.

  31. That big tin of dulce du leche is just -ksngkd. I can’t stop staring at it.

    Sort of hoping no one comes into the room unexpectedly because I probably look quite odd XD.

  32. Candybar-licious! The perfect word! And a great photograph.

  33. Your snickery squares look great! I agree with you about the chocolate layer. The squares where quite too rich for me.

  34. Wow….I hope that wherever I end up in the afterlife that they will have these!! Looks wonderful! That reminded me about boiling those giant cans of milk at the restaurant, I always felt like the crazy scientist doing that!!


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