Today’s recipe is a cookie tribute to a candy bar loved by dads across the country.
Or at least that’s the hasty conclusion I’ve drawn based on the fact Beth Colvin’s dad loved Zero Bars and mine did too. So at least two dad’s like Zero Bars.
If you’ve never heard of Zero Bars, they are white chocolate coated peanut, caramel and almond nougat candy bars that come in a silver wrapper. Back in the ’70s they were made by Leaf, but today they are a Hershey brand with what I suspect is a strong regional following. I don’t remember seeing them when I lived in Chicago, NY or CT, but here in Austin you can find them in the checkout line at most H-E-B stores.
But for those of you who can’t find the bars anywhere, this cookie will do just fine! It’s a pretty simple cookie. The base is almost identical to the Toll House recipe, but the white chips, peanuts and almond extract make it taste completely different. The only place I’ve ever seen this recipe is The Advocate, so I’m providing a link. If you can’t get the link to work, let me know and I’ll post the recipe or email it to you.