Blackberry Bliss Bars
Why This Recipe Works
These bars pack in something for everyone—and we mean everyone. With oats, coconut, walnuts, two kinds of chips, toffee bits, and a generous amount of blackberry jam to bring it all together, you're sure to find your favorite cookie ingredient in the mix. We found the key to preventing these ingredients from weighing down the bars was to use each in moderation and to incorporate them in different parts of the bar. The oats and coconut, for example, dress up a brown sugar cookie base and streusel-like top. We parbaked the crust for a sturdy base that could support the toppings and then spread on a layer of blackberry jam and sprinkled on toasted walnuts, semisweet and white chocolate chips, and toffee bits. The bright flavor of the jam was a nice contrast to the sweet toppings and helped them stay in place. Even though we tucked the coconut into the cookie base, we found that it gave the bars dimension and an even deeper flavor profile.