Call for Chicago National Food Blogger Bake Sale Volunteers: [Recipe: Heath Bar Crunch Cookies]

by Maris Callahan on March 2, 2012

The holiday season might be the most wonderful time of the year but my personal favorite is bake sale season. On Saturday, April 28, bloggers across the country will host the Third Annual National Food Blogger Bake Sale. Last year, I organized the sale in Chicago at The Poison Cup, which raised over $1,000 that contributed to a national total of $25,000 through 26 bake sales.

This year our national goal is to raise $50,000 for Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale campaign to help alleviate childhood hunger in America. Like last year, we are hosting Chicago’s sale at The Poison Cup and this year, we have a few exciting plans up our sleeve to make this sale the best yet.

As always, we need bakers and volunteers for the sale. Chicago friends, if you are interested in contributing some sweet treats or volunteering a few hours of your time to help at the sale, shoot me a note at mariscallahan @ gmail . com (remove spaces). The sale is always a great deal of fun and I don’t want to ruin any surprises here, but this year, there is going to be wine and cheese involved for the bake sale volunteers and that’s all I’m saying for now.

Last year, even though the sale left me, personally, with a bit of a baked good hangover, it also left me with a strong desire to bake every single item that was sold at the sale with my own creative twist. Of course, I didn’t do that, but I am getting a head start on the baking this year and test-drove this delicious recipe for Heath Bar Crunch Cookies, inspired by one of my childhood favorite ice cream flavors.

Heath Bar Crunch Cookies

Serves about 6 dozen cookies

What You Need

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups Heath Bar Toffee Bits
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

How-To:

Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Place chopped walnuts and toffee bits in a different bowl. In a third bowl or using a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar. Once the mixture is fluffy, add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla.

Mix in the Heath Bar mixture and the flour mixture, alternating one third at a time, until well blended. Place the dough in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes to chill.

Preheat oven to 350°F. On cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or my personal favorite, Silpat, spoon out the cookie dough in small 1-inch diameter balls (about a teaspoon of dough each). Place dough balls 3 inches away from each other on the cookie sheets – the dough will spread as they bake.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic March 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm

These cookies sound great. I love the Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar crunch ice cream (and the plain chocolate bar, of course) so I know I would like something like this. Good luck with the bake sale!

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Marsha @ The Harried Cook March 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm

What a great cause :) More power to you, Maris! Heath Bar crunch is one flavor I still haven’t tried! I love the candy though :) I am sure I would LOVE these cookies… Thanks for sharing :) :)

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Mom March 3, 2012 at 7:39 am

You seriously better make these for me when you come home. i am proud of your efforts with this cause

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Hotly Spiced March 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

What a great idea and I just love the look of your cookies.

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Lisa March 3, 2012 at 8:02 pm

This is a great idea. I remember I wanted to participate last year but didn’t have that much time to prepare. I’d love to part-take in this event. How do I find more information on this?

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Maureen March 5, 2012 at 8:33 am

What a good cause! I admire you.

I wish we could get heath bars or the chips – sadly not.

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Melissa@IWasBornToCook March 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Great cause.
And, great minds think alike. I made these last week. Unfortunately, I forgot to photograph them, so I can’t blog them :(

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Amanda March 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I love anything with toffee in it! Good luck with the bake sale.

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vianney March 6, 2012 at 8:13 am

I love toffee, they look amazing. Good luck with the Bake Sale. I was the only blogger last year here in my hometown, but I did pretty good. Have a great time!!

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 7, 2012 at 7:17 am

I did that event last year! Such a fun event!

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Jen at The Three Little Piglets March 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

I’m nowhere near Chicago, but I’ll be with you in spirit wishing you the very best of luck!!

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Elizabeth March 9, 2012 at 11:53 am

Looking forward to volunteering again this year, Maris! Thank you for all the hard work you do to pull this event off without a hitch. Also can’t wait to purchase the goodies for a great cause.

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Roz@weightingfor50 March 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm

These look fantastic Maris. Good luck with the bake sale!!!!!!!!

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