Monday, March 19, 2007

Manic Monday - Chip

Welcome to my recipe edition of Manic Monday!!

Manic Monday is the brainchild of Morgen over at It’s A Blog Eat Blog World. For more information on participating in Manic Monday, visit Mo for the complete rundown.

This week’s Manic Monday word is chip. First, I thought I could easily write about the chip on my shoulder. But after my evil twin eclipsed my body last week, I’m sure you’ve all heard enough about the innocent bodies left in the wake of my PMS.

Instead, I will turn toward a chip that is very near and dear to my heart – chocolate chips. Oh yeah, baby!

Okay, this may go along with the PMS too, but it’s much more enjoyable.

Eric and I were actually having a discussion about chocolate chips the other day because he was reading his Rachael Ray magazine, and she listed all the staples you should keep in your pantry – among them, chocolate chips. Eric said, “Chocolate chips aren’t a staple.”

I’m sorry, what?! Apparently, he’s on crack. Of course chocolate chips are a staple. I asked him when the last time was that we didn’t have a bag of chocolate chips on hand. He responded, “Just because you always buy chocolate chips does not mean they’re a staple.”

Hmph. At least now, I have Rachael Ray on my side.

In celebration of the chocolate chip, I am posting my absolute favorite recipe using chocolate chips. They are Chocolate Highlander Cookie Bars. Dude! They are the best freaking things ever. There’s a layer of shortbread on the bottom, and a layer of rich gooey chocolate on top. Sweet Lord in Heaven!

Best. Things. Ever. Enjoy!

Chocolate Highlander Cookie Bars

2 sticks butter, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups flour, unsifted
4 eggs, beaten
2 sticks butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup flour, unsifted
2 ½ cups chocolate chips
⅓ cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350° F., rack in middle position

Cream butter with 1/2 cup powdered sugar and salt. Add flour and mix well. Pat it out in a greased 9- X 13-inch pan with your fingers (standard cake pan).

Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. That makes the shortbread crust. Remove from oven. (Don't turn off the oven!)

Mix eggs with melted butter and granulated sugar. Add baking powder, salt, and flour, and mix thoroughly (by hand or with hand mixer).

Melt the chocolate chips in a small double boiler, a pan over hot water on the stove, or nuke them for 3 minutes in the microwave on high. (Be sure to stir—chips may maintain their shape even after they're melted in the microwave.)

Add the melted chocolate chips to your bowl and mix thoroughly.

Pour this mixture on top of the pan you just baked and tip the pan so it covers all of the shortbread crust. Stick it back into the oven and bake it for another 25 minutes. Then remove it from the oven and sprinkle on additional powdered sugar.

Let it cool thoroughly and cut into brownie-sized bars. You can refrigerate these, but cut them before you do. (They're pretty solid when they're cold.)


Donna said...

I don't do Manic Mondays. But I finally got up the nerve to link to your blog from mine. Dang it, even us right-wing radicals can enjoy your humor. We don't have to buy your naughty toys... right? Haaaaaa!

Desert Songbird said...

These sound absolutely wicked. Dang it - now I have to try these. Damn you for the temptress you are!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am getting SO hungry reading all these Manic Monday posts!

Those cookie bars sound decadent!

And YES! Chocolate chips are most definitely a staple!


Stine said...

drool... got to give these a go. Copy, print, bake!

Skittles said...

I absolutely love your sense of humor and how you can transfer it to print!

(Ignoring the recipe.. must remember diet...)

Jamie said...

Seducing me to the dark side ... for shame. Chips seem to be bringing out the chef in everyone today. (I copied the recipe you temptress)

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

rachael ray has a magazine? will you come over and make these for me? i will yell at a bank teller for you.

smiles, bee

Kara said...

MMM, yummy! Chocolate chips are most definitely a staple!

lisa said...

mmmm. thanks for the recipe! between your post and mine we've got appetizer and dessert. :-)

Morgen said...

"he was reading his Rachael Ray magazine"
~ this made me Laugh Out Loud!
And yes, Eric, chocolate chips ARE a staple in the kitchen.
Morgen and spawn-of-satan (rachel ray) back Neila up on this one!

Meloncutter said...

It's not nice to wave cookie recipies at a fat guy with gas and an appetite.

but I will forgive you this time.

Later Y'all

Natalie said...

Manic Monday visitor here. Nice blog. I have never considered chocolate chips a staple but I may have to change my mind. YUM.

Sanni said...

The ingredients are on my shopping list - I have to try your recipe on Sunday! Thanks for sharing, Neila.

rzdesign said...

all these yummy chips!

Worst CHIP EVER. Chipped beef on toast!

rzdesign said...

all these yummy chips!

Worst CHIP EVER. Chipped beef on toast!


You just said chocolate and shortbread in the same breath. You got my attention!!!

Travis said...

Somebody pass me a towel so I can clean up this drool.

Dang woman!! Yummy.

A.J.Reams said...

Oh man do those chocolate cookie bars sound good!

I'm not much of a baker but I might just try these out!

Sunrunner said...

I will have to try this one!!! Have you seen the preview for Pirates 3????

Sadie said...

Oh, that looks yummy. Too bad I'm kitchen-illiterate. I'm late, but I'm playing along with Manic Monday this week.

Crazy Working Mom said...

I LOVE this Manic Monay...even though I'm late, I'm definitely bookmarking this recipe.