Chocolate Toffee Wedges from The Weekend Baker

Abigail Johnson Dodge is an expert in baking and cooking, as well as a popular food writer, instructor and media personality. Her recipes are featured regularly in various publications. Most recently, her gorgeous Peppermint Meringue Cake with Chocolate Buttercream landed the coveted spot on the cover of Bon Appetit.
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The Weekend Baker, one of 6 cookbooks that Dodge has written so far, has received high praise from many reputable sources.
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You may have noticed that I bake a lot of this little blog of mine, so a good baking book is an excellent find. This one is a keeper. The premise of The Weekend Baker: Irresistible recipes, simple techniques, and stress-free strategies for busy people. As a home cook who enjoys attempting anything from easy to semi-gourmet, the recipes included in Dodge’s cookbook are things that I’m interested in baking. Instructions are clear, nothing is terribly complicated, and there are several color photographs included. Here are a few recipes that are going on my must-make list: Prescription-Strength Fudge Brownies, Cinnamon-Sugar Dumplings with Strawberry Sauce, Warm Cinnamon-Spiced Blueberry Cake, Rich Orange Butter Cake, Olive & Herb Focaccia, Pumpkin Creme Brulee, Never-Fail Pie Dough, Overnight Brioche Braid, and Apple Cider Pie with Toasted Walnut Latice Crust. I chose to adapt one of her recipes and add it to my holiday collection: Chocolate Toffee Wedges (with festive sprinkles).
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These are a bar-type cookie tart (made in a round tart pan). When the crust is baked up, it takes on a toffee-like flavor. A simple chocolate ganache is poured on top of the crust and studded with toffee pieces. You can use the bagged Heath toffee pieces that are found in the baking section of your market, or you can cut up a couple of Heath, Skor or other kind of chocolate toffee bars. I added the sprinkles to make them look like a holiday treat (completely optional, of course).
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Once you let the ganache set, the cookie tart slices up cleanly and is ready for immediate consumption or storage. These will be fine stored at room temp (in a covered container) for up to a week, or throw them in the freezer (also in a covered container) dividing layers with wax paper. They’re a wonderful little wedge cookie- a good one for chocolate-toffee lovers like me.

This recipe can be found HERE.
You can purchase The Weekend Baker HERE.

I’m contributing this cookie tart to my monthly pie baking project (though I cheated a bit, making a tart instead… that actually isn’t really a tart at all but rather a big cookie!   Hope my pie friends don’t mind too much :)   The theme for this month  (was “Holiday Celebration Pies,” and I thought this one kinda fit that theme.
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If you’re beginning to get tired of all of the holiday sweets this holiday season (Me!), you can begin looking forward to more healthy recipes (with some junk food still mixed in too- can’t get rid of the good stuff completely, you know?) in January. So, indulge while you can :)   Will you be joining us for the Ten in 10 health Challenge? Details HERE.
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24 Responses to “Chocolate Toffee Wedges from The Weekend Baker”

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — December 14, 2009 @ 3:49 AM

    This looks so festive!! Yum!!

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    Janet — December 14, 2009 @ 5:27 AM

    Lori, that looks FAB! My kinda flavors, too ;-) I love how they are perfectly cut… I need to work on that over here. I also need to run out and get that cookbook now, too!

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    Laura W — December 14, 2009 @ 6:49 AM

    That is beautiful! I have to try to make that!

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    Stacie — December 14, 2009 @ 7:04 AM

    This looks fantastic!

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    patsyk — December 14, 2009 @ 7:23 AM

    I made a tart, too! Mine will post a bit later today, but I love how you decorated yours… so festive!

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    Gaby — December 14, 2009 @ 7:31 AM

    this could be the most beautiful and festive tart I have ever seen! I love it!

    Also – I am totally in for the 10 in 10! That is going to be so much fun! I need some extra motivation :) especially after all this holiday baking!

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    Bridgett — December 14, 2009 @ 8:55 AM

    These look awesome! I love toffee and chocolate so these are definitely going to be made here this week. I love that they can be made ahead.

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    Mimi — December 14, 2009 @ 9:01 AM

    These would be great with a big cup of coffee.
    Mimi

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    Sue — December 14, 2009 @ 9:18 AM

    This giant cookie/tart looks SO bright and festive! I love it!

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    Sandie (Inn Cuisine) — December 14, 2009 @ 11:31 AM

    I’ll take a giant cookie wedge any day of the week. And yes, tarts count. Why else would the majority of pie cookbooks be called “pie & tart” cookbooks? It’s all relative & definitely tasty no matter what the label attached!

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    cookiepie — December 14, 2009 @ 11:48 AM

    Beautiful!!!!

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    Bob — December 14, 2009 @ 12:02 PM

    Holy crap, that looks wicked good!

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    Kerstin — December 14, 2009 @ 12:03 PM

    What a festive tart and so perfect to bring to a holiday party with all those festive sprinkles on top!

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    VeggieGirl — December 14, 2009 @ 3:28 PM

    LOOOOVE!!! :)

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    Sues — December 14, 2009 @ 6:26 PM

    Those are beautiful!! And I’ve been cooking/baking out of my Bon Appetit mag all day and drooling over that cover!!

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    Patricia Scarpin — December 15, 2009 @ 2:56 AM

    Those are some sinful wedges – the look so pretty, great for giving as a gift!

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    Jeff — December 15, 2009 @ 5:29 AM

    Posts like this are not going to help me come 10 in 10!!!

    Looks awesome and if you want to send some my way I would not complain ;-)

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    Maria — December 15, 2009 @ 8:16 AM

    I have that book and love it. Very festive toffee wedges!

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    Lynn — December 15, 2009 @ 12:21 PM

    Fabulous pie/tart/cookie. I love the sprinkles!

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    Jennifer — December 15, 2009 @ 6:03 PM

    WOW that has to be the most festive cookie tart!!! yum!!

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    Madame Sucre — December 16, 2009 @ 12:03 AM

    OMG love em so much!! very very festive indeed!

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    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — December 16, 2009 @ 10:44 AM

    Yum yum! These look so good, I’m sure everyone will forgive them not being a pie!

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    Amy (Sing For Your Supper) — December 16, 2009 @ 10:50 AM

    Oh MY! This is just gorgeous!! I will absolutely have to try this (WITH the colorful sprinkles!)! :-)

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    Sophie — December 19, 2009 @ 1:55 PM

    Waw,…these treats are very festive, indeed!!

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,…all the way!