{Secret Recipe Club} Mt. Bachelor Bars

I got an email from my Mom awhile back telling me about a fun thing she found. It was The Secret Recipe Club. Intriguing, right? Her email didn’t say much, just had the link and said “let’s do this.” Well, how could I pass up that?!?! So I clinked on the link and was hooked immediately.

What is The Secret Recipe Club you ask? It’s a… well, a secret recipe club. Not enough information? You sign up and then you are given a blog to make a recipe from. You can chose any of the recipes on that blog, you just can’t tell the blogger that you are making something. Fun right?

So this is my first time. I’m hooked! The blog I was “assigned” was Crumbs and Chaos. Great name! It was hard to pick just one thing to make but after some searching the recipe jumped right out at me. Mt. Bachelor Bars. Sounds interesting right? Well I’m in Oregon which so happens to be where Mt. Bachelor is, so how could I not make these bad boys?! Plus look at them. They scream me all over them!


Shortbread Layer
* 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, softened
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1 egg
*1 tsp. vanilla
* 3 2/3 cup flour

Line a large baking sheet (Like a jelly roll size!) with parchment paper. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Add flour and mix until blended.

Press dough into prepared pan and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Using a fork, prick the dough and bake in a 350 degree over for 10 – 12 minutes.

Caramel Nut Layer
* 2 cups butter
* 2 cups light brown sugar
* 1 cup honey
* 1/2 cup heavy cream
* 5 cups slivered almonds or chopped pecans. (This is where I changed it. I’m not much of a nut person in foods. I know! I just felt my Mom’s virtual hand smack me in the back of the head! But I used cashews instead. I mean really, how could you go wrong with cashews?!?!)

Put butter, honey, cream and sugar into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Using a candy thermometer, cook until it’s 24o degrees. Remove from heat and add nuts.

Pour onto the (kinda baked) crust and bake an additional 40 minutes until the filling bubbles evenly.

I didn’t use a big enough pan I think. Thank goodness I put another pan under because look at the mess I made.

Cool and cut. Dip in chocolate if desired. (Ah, yeah! I desired!)

Heaven, right?

Take a look at all the other blogs who are participating!

I can’t wait to get my assignment for September =o)

I’m linking to the linky parties on my sidebar.

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  1. Erin, these look fab. What a lovely choice for this months SRC. I’m definitely bookmarking this!

  2. This really was a great pic from that website, but it does have a lot of tasty posts. Glad for the intro over to that blog. I have bookmarked the recipe-thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

  3. Looks like a perfect yummy treat 🙂

  4. You picked one of my very favorite treats! Glad you liked them 🙂

  5. Oh those looks so scrumptious! I whish I had the stuff in the pantry right now to make them!!

  6. Those look super-crazy good, even without the chocolate dip. For some reason, the caramel and nuts make me think of September/October and going to a pumpkin farm. I can’t wait.

  7. Oh man, these sound delicious. The ingredient list alone is enough to make me drool. Very nice choice!

  8. Those look soooooo awesome! Shortbread, caramel, and cashews?! My favorite things in the world!

  9. Those look fantastic. Gonna go check out SRC 🙂

  10. Welcome to the SRC, it’s so much fun! Your bars look wonderful. If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A” ~ SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Cook Lisa Cook

  11. I read your mom’s blog but never realized you two were related! Neat!

    These bars look awesome; nice choice!

  12. Must, must, must make me some of these!

  13. Caramel, nuts, shortbread? I’m sold! Visiting from the SRC-this looks amazing!

  14. Stopping by from SRC. OMG those are just gorgeous. I love shortbread and caramel together, it’s pretty much the best thing ever. And I love that blog too! I can’t wait to make these, and I definitely will be!

  15. I think my sugar meter just blew it’s top. Those bars sound amazing. I am a total cashew freak, so I know I would eat way too many.

  16. Anonymous says:

    those bars are so cute. I would have to use the pecans but any nut would work….good choice. andi


  17. WOW these are decadent! I want one!

  18. Holy cow these look incredibly addictive and dangerous.

  19. wow, these look addictive and delish! Great photo!

  20. I totally agree with Debbi, addictive. I would love to try this recipe with mac nuts, tasty! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  21. Whoa, these are off the hook! Glad you had the forethought to stick another pan beneath–I’ve had more than my fair share of oven spill-overs and they’re no fun to clean up!

  22. Anything with a short bread crust is something I love but, put a caramel cashew layer on top. Are you kidding me! I have to make these.

  23. anything that involves shortbread can go directly onto my list of fav’s…but add nuts and caramel, oh my word!! Wish I had a piece right now!

  24. What a nice treat/dessert! I bet they were amazing!

    Thanks again for being a part of SRC! I just now finished linky everyone and organizing and now I get to visit everyone’s blog, THIS IS THE FUN PART!

    Come check out my Secret Recipe Club Post: Cucumber Salad http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/08/cucumber-salad-secret-recipe-club.html

  25. These look SO good! I’ve made bars very similar to this before, but with pecans, and they were absolutely out of this world. I love the addition of cashews! They are so buttery and delicious, and probably perfect in these bars.

  26. Looks yummy! What a great idea, too- secret recipe club! My husband is from Madras, so we have been to Bachelor a few times.

    Have a great week-
    Valerie- http://www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com

  27. Oh wow! These look amazing – I’m a sucker for anything with a shortbread layer =)

  28. These bachelors bars look amazing and delicious,look fab!! gloria

  29. Heaven? Yes! They look amazing!

  30. The bars look so good! YUM!!! I’m having fun sharing great recipes like this in SRC!

  31. just pinned this recipe on Pinterest. Can’t wait to try them! Isn’t SRC great?

  32. Those look incredible!

  33. Oh my gosh, these look amazing!

  34. What tasty looking bars! Fun club Erin. I’ve seen it for weeks, but I don’t think I have 60 recipes…I’ll have to check:)

  35. What a fun club. I gotta go and check it out. These bars look amazing! Like all your recipes!!

  36. Those bars look incredible. Oh my! Great recipe pick for the SRC. Makes me miss the Pacific NW.

  37. Kristine George says:

    These look great, do you think they would freeze well… or should I share them at work? Or just eat them all 🙂

  38. I like the name of these lovely bars!

  39. These look delicious!I linked to you from Make a Foodie Friend Monday! Thanks!

  40. Really looks amazing, who needs to buy candy bars? BTW, I’m checking you out through SRC (I’m in Group C).

  41. I have seen the Secret Recipe Club and have been wanting to joint. It looks like fun.
    This recipe looks amazing! This is something my family, especially me, would love. You do always find the most yummy and decadent recipes:)

  42. Congrats on having the most clicked recipe during the 8/22 SRC reveal! Here’s the feature 🙂 http://secretrecipeclub.com/most-popular-august-22-2011/

  43. Oh my! These look yummy! Love SRC.

  44. These look amazing. My parents live in Sunriver, right near Mt. Batchelor, so I had to come here and get the recipe. 🙂 Can’t wait to try them! I want to join the Secret Recipe Club but I haven’t been blogging enough (the one year rule). Next year!

  45. Terribly tempting, and I just don’t need another calorie. Oh well, I’ll go ahead and make them and give them to my neighbors. 😉 (not)

  46. This looks so good! Can’t wait to try them… I think I’ll make them for holiday parties this year!

  47. These look amazing! Great job and welcome to the club.

  48. Oh yum, Erin! These bars look excellent… Good choice on the cashews… I also hope to join the Secret Recipe Club soon 🙂 Can’t wait! Great post!

  49. Wow! Shortbread, caramel nut, AND chocolate!?!? Yes please!

  50. Sounds great, my husband would love these!

  51. This looks like a good recipe! You picked a good one! Thank You for sharing at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back next week and join me for another yummy party filled with awesome recipes!

  52. My mouth is watering! Welcome to the SRC! Great pick.

  53. Wow those look good. That caramel nut layer had my attention. 😉

  54. These bars look amazing! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  55. Congrats on being the most viewed post for this month’s reveal 🙂

  56. These bars are so fun!
    Stopping by from group C. Fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my link for August, would love if you stopped by to say *hi* http://su.pr/1Sizv9