When you’re short on time or feeding a crowd (say at a Super Bowl party this weekend?), the cookie bar is your answer. There’s no scooping and rolling dough or prepping multiple cookie sheets; simply press the dough into a tart pan and you’re set!
Toffee bits melt into the rich cream cheese dough while chocolate covered cashews (a highly addictive new fixation of mine) and flaky salt make a rich topping. For quick and easy indulgence, you can’t miss with the cookie bar.
- 1 2/3 cups flour
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 Tbsp toffee bits
- 1/2 cup chocolate covered cashews
- flaky salt
- Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and cream cheese in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until smooth; add sugars and beat until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Fold in toffee bits.
- Spray a 9-inch round removable-bottom tart pan with nonstick spray and use a piece of parchment paper lightly coated with nonstick spray to press dough evenly into pan. Top with chocolate covered cashews, pressing slightly into dough; cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean, about 16 minutes. (If you prefer a more well-done cookie, bake a few minutes longer). Cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 45 minutes before slicing and serving. For clean cuts, chill in the freezer for 5 minutes, then slice with a sharp knife.