Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars

This week on Tuesdays with Dorie we are making Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars (page 324) from Baking Chez Moi.  Dorie’s cookbook states “This is what Rice Krispies Treats would have been had they been born in France.”  My son still likes the original the best.

Dorie gave the option of making caramelized Rice Krispies (page 428) or plain Rice Krispies for the topping.  I wanted to go for the gusto and make the caramelized topping.  I managed not to burn them so I was off to a good start.

The directions were to bake the base for 22 minutes at 375 degrees.  I only baked my for 20 minutes and I still think they were a little too dark and over baked.  Next time I will bake even less.

I managed to cut my bars without any incident.  Chocolate is one of my all time favorite ingredients and I like any dessert that includes chocolate.  These bars were no exception.  My husband and I thought they were more candy-like than cookie but still good.  My son just wanted plain Rice Krispie Treats:)

Tuesdays With Dorie is an international baking group working our way through Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan.  To see what others did in this group go here.


13 Comments Add yours

  1. Your bars look great! They don't remind me of Rice Krispie treats, but they look pretty delicious regardless!


  2. The bars look lovely. I had some problems getting the rice crispies to spread to a single layer. I would like to make them again and cut down the baking time.


  3. Yup I need to caramelize the Rice Krispies next time – yours look so good!


  4. Cakelaw says:

    Your bars look great. I think I'd eat the caramelised rice crispies before they ever got to the bars.


  5. Liz Berg says:

    I found them to be very \”toffee\” like—but I loved them! Glad you enjoyed, too!!


  6. Tammy says:

    Yes — more candy than cookie. If you go in with that notion, then you won't be disappointed. Looks great.


  7. Anonymous says:

    Reading posts on these bars makes me want to go make a batch right now. I'm glad to know they taste as good as they look!


  8. Anonymous says:

    I can't wait to make these! Thanks for the tip about the baking time – I will start checking after 15 minutes.


  9. Zosia says:

    Your bars look wonderful. My oven isn't known for its browning ability so my base was more cookie-like, but candy-like sounds delicious!


  10. Nana says:

    Now that I see the caramelized rice crispy, I am going to make them. Yourbars look good, but I had to laugh at your remark about you son and Rice Krispietreats.


  11. Anonymous says:

    Yum! I agree, these definitely reminded me of toffee candy of some sort but still delicious.


  12. I still like the original rice crispy treats best, but those caramelized rice crispy things were all kinds of addictive :-)Look good


  13. I too like Rice Krispie treats, but this one was fun and tasty as well. My crust was ready at thirteen minutes – and it had a soft and chewy texture.


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