Cult Classic

I pretty sure at this point if Dorie Greenspan wanted to start her own cult she could. The followers are definitely out there. Brilynn has a shrine in her basement at this point and I highly suspect some sort of statue of Dorie made out of puff pastry(I kid Brylinn). But seriously, what makes the food blogging world love her so much? Simple, it’s the way she writes. Her recipes are always so simple to follow. Since I teach people how to cook as my job, I am always recommending her books, especially her latest(Baking:From My Home to Yours) because I know that even my most baking phobic client can have success with Dorie…you know…”Hooked On Dorie worked for me!” Sure there are more complicated dishes but I really feel she walks you through them nicely in her descriptions. Not once have I had to go back and re-read thinking to myself, what on earth does she mean by that? You may be laughing, but as a gal with over 300 cookbooks there are a lot of recipes I have to go back and say that to.
So when looking for a weekend snack for my hubby I remember passing a recipe in the Dorie baking bible that was called Snickery Squares. Now my hubby is a super Snickers fan so I thought I would give these a try. I did have to make a special trip to the grocery store to find store-bought dulce de leche, which I found in the Hispanic food aisle. I would probably chill each layer before adding the next since spreading it was not the easiest of tasks. So mine are far less pretty as hers. But just as tasty I am sure. Since I am sick I have no taste buds so the Snickers fan was the judge. He said it was good but didn’t really taste like a Snickers bar due to the shortbread bottom. But I’m sure it can easily become a Dorie cult classic.

Snickery Squares

For the Crust:

1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
2 TBSP powdered sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten

For the Filling:

½ cup sugar
3 TBSP water
1 ½  cups salted peanuts
About 1 ½ cups store-bought dulce de leche

For the Topping:

7 ounces bittersweet(I used semi since hubby doesn’t like bittersweet), coarsely chopped
½  stick unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces, at room temperature

Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 8 inch square pan and put it on a baking sheet.

To Make the Crust:

Toss the flour, sugar, powdered sugar and salt into a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Toss in the pieces of cold butter and pulse about 12 times, until the mixture looks like coarse meal. Pour the yolk over the ingredients and pulse until the dough forms clumps and curds-stop before the dough comes together in a ball.
Turn the dough into the buttered pan and gently press it evenly across the bottom of the pan. Prick the dough with a fork and slide the sheet into the oven.
Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes, or until it takes on just a little color around the edges. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool to room temperature before filling.

To Make the Filling:

Have a parchment or silicone mat-lined baking sheet at the ready, as well as a long-handled wooden spoon and a medium heavy bottomed saucepan.
Put the sugar and water in the saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Keeping the heat fairly high, continue to cook the sugar, without stirring, until it just starts to color. Toss the peanuts and immediately start stirring. Keep stirring, to coat the peanuts with sugar. Within a few minutes, they will be covered with sugar and turn white¢â¬â€keep stirring until the sugar turns back into caramel. When the peanuts are coated with a nice deep amber caramel, remove the pan from the heat and turn the nuts out onto the baking sheet., using the wooden spoon to spread them out as best you can. Cool the nuts to room temperature.
When they are cool enough to handle, separate the nuts or break them into small pieces. Divide the nuts in half. Keep half of the nuts whole or in biggish pieces for the filling, and finely chop the other half for the topping(I kept mine whole).
Spread the dulce de leche over the shortbread base and sprinkle over the whole candied nuts.
To Make the Topping:

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Remove chocolate from the heat and gently stir in the butter, stirring until it is fully blended into the chocolate.
Pour the chocolate over the dulce de leche, smoothing it with a long metal icing spatula, then sprinkle over the rest of the peanuts. Slide the pan into the fridge to set the topping, about 20 minutes; if you’d like to serve the squares cold, keep them refrigerated for at least 3 hours before cutting.
Cut into 16 bars.

Source: Adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan




  1. I have long since determined that I won’t ever be able to buy Baking: From My Home to Yours as it would be sure to render me bigger than a house in a matter of weeks.

    That said, I now want to LICK THE SCREEN. Good lord.

  2. A shrine … *lol* In the photo yours do look very much like snicker bars though.

  3. These are the first of these I have seen prepared other than Dorie’s fabulous photo in the book. I am glad to see your attempt at these, my eye had caught site of these too, and I happen to have a can of my homemade dulce de leche around, will I open it for these or not?!

  4. Who cares if it tastes like a snickers bar (and I do love them) It looks sooo amazingly good I must think I should never make a pan of these as I would eat the entire pan in a flash.
    Please could I have just one square of yours.

  5. I have died and gone to heaven-this is the ultimate high! What a wonderful snack-hope your husband appreciated your efforts!

  6. Alright, who told you about the shrine? Oooh, you were joking… uh… right…

  7. A Dorie puff pastry statue? lmao, that’s priceless! She is pretty amazing, just the other day I made yet another delicious cake from her “Baking from My Home to Yours.” Don’t you just love how she gives variation ideas with the recipes?

  8. Now that’s mean!!!! I will be thinking about those fabulous goodies all day. I may have to rush to the store and get the ingredients and make some. And I may not share any of them with people!!! :):)

  9. Oh no Bri–I know you have the shrine…it is the statue of Dorie I was kidding about :P

  10. Shrine or no, Dorie really knows how to write a recipe. These are drool worthy.
    Peabody, hope you are feeling better soon so you can enjoy these…well, if there are any left. Wouldn’t be at my house.

  11. My husband just walked past me and wanted to know what I was reading that made my cheeks so red! My ears and the tip of my nose, too! Thank you!

  12. I’m at work and you have no idea what I would give for one of these right now! It’s a thing of beauty. Totally agree about Dorie and Brilynn.

  13. That looks fantastic! Forget snickers, that looks like a tim tam cake to me (tim tams have a buttery shortbread cookie, with a caramel or chocolate cream filling, then the whole thing is dipped in chocolate!), and I know that that would be the world’s best invention ever!

  14. I have a question. When I bought dulce le leche in the megamart, it was made with goat’s milk. I really didn’t care for the aftertaste. I’ve never seen any other brand here. Does the odd taste blend in with a dessert like this?

  15. They look fabulous.. and Gracie? Just between you and I – I think your hubby could possibly be insane not to fall instantly in love with these. If they taste even an 1/8th as good as they look – I’d probably have the whole pan gone in no time. =)


  16. I don’t think there would be any left for the taster in my house..That’s a tease right after breakfast!
    Looks incredible!

  17. Ha..haa… a shrine to Dorie, I think Brilynn just admitted to that. Those snicker squares are making me drool right now.

  18. This is just not right….Is this even legal? How glad am I that I didn’t give up sweets for lent???

  19. That looks positively decadent! Ooof! Packs a punch I’m sure :)

  20. Peabody,
    Anything with dulce de leche wins my heart immediately – this looks delicious!

    And because of you and the other Dorie fans I bought “Baking, from my home to yours”. The book arrived last week and with a sick husband during the weekend I couldn’t see all the recipes, but the little I did see was amazing – her texts are great and the photos… wow!

  21. Holy Moly! That is the most indulgent thing I have ever seen. There is drool on my computer screen now.

  22. wow is about the only word i can muster at this point — simply WOW!

  23. I thought I commented, but I guess I didn’t…

    I want some…now…please?


  24. Ohmy! My mouth is watering. I love snickers, but this looks wayyyyyyy better!

  25. Those look amazing! I just wrote an ode to Dorie on my blog and now I’ll have to go buy dulce de leche to make these, too. Wonderful photos!

  26. Yum – looks fantastic as always! And I’m sure somewhere, someone has a Peabody shrine set up in their basement…

  27. Oh my… delicious!

  28. i agree about refrigerating it for a little bit before adding the next layer… i had someone tell me it tasted like a snickers before finding out the name of this sweet :) it’s not exactly like a snickers, but is close

  29. Aldehyde says:

    I made this for a dinner party that I’m going to later and oh my god. It is so good, but I think it might be the most unhealthy thing I’ve ever made. 1100 calories in the dulce de leche, 2 cups of sugar, 1.5 sticks of butter.

  30. Jaishree says:

    I made this for my parents anniversary and they still think I bought it somewhere-this is so delicious and fattening :(


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