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Toffee Squares

Toffee Squares offer a mouthwatering fusion of flavors and textures with chocolate chips, nuts, butterscotch chips, and coconut. Get ready to indulge in some sweet and nutty goodness!

a toffee square on parchment paper with additional bars in the background

Loaded Toffee Squares

In the West Village of New York City, there was once an incredibly quaint little spot called Milk & Cookies Bakery. As you might guess, this place was known for its cookies, like these amazingly delicious Toffee Squares.

What I love about these toffee bars is that they are a bit like a cookie and a candy bar rolled into one. The brown sugar gives them their wonderful toffee flavor, and the nuts and chocolate chips provide even more flavor and some crunch. That’s the cookie-like part.

Topping that off is all kinds of good stuff – butterscotch, chocolate, nuts, and coconut. These guys are positively loaded with toppings, giving them a candy bar feel. The total package is a flavor-packed, over-the-top treat!

overhead view of toffee squares on white plates and a wooden cutting board

Why You’ll Love This Toffee Squares Recipe

There’s so very much to love about these bars. Here are a few reasons I think you’ll adore them.

  • So much flavor. With a variety of toppings, these toffee squares aren’t shy on flavor!
  • Pantry-friendly. If you’re a frequent baker, you may very well have everything you need to make these any time you get a craving!
  • Customizable. You can easily adapt the toppings to your tastes. (See some of my suggestions below.) You can even top parts of them with different toppings to please everyone’s flavor choices.
overhead view of ingredients for toffee squares

What You’ll Need

See the recipe card below for ingredient quantities and full instructions. Here are some notes about the ingredients you’ll need to make your toffee squares.

  • All-purpose flour – Measure by weight or use the spoon and sweep method. Learn more: How to Measure Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter – Let the butter soften at room temperature until it holds a thumbprint when pressed. Learn more: How to Soften Butter
  • Brown sugar – Be sure to pack the brown sugar firmly into the measuring cup or (better yet) measure by weight.
  • Eggs – Set these out along with the butter so they can come to room temperature.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Peanuts – These add a nice crunch to the bars. I prefer to use unsalted peanuts, but you can use the salted variety if you want to add a salty bite to the bars.
  • Chocolate chips – You’ll use these both in and on top of the bars.
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Pecans – This is my go-to nut for baking, but you can use a different variety if you like.
  • Coconut flakes – Look for sweetened flaked coconut, like Baker’s coconut.
three toffee squares stacked with more bars in the background

How to Make Toffee Squares

These bars come together quickly and easily. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

Prepare for baking. Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan, and line with parchment paper.

Mix the dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

Mix the wet ingredients. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter until fluffy and lightened in color. Add the brown sugar, and mix until creamy. Next, add the eggs one at a time and mix well after adding each. Finally, mix in the vanilla.

Finish mixing the dough. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture. Mix just until combined or a few streaks of flour remain. Stir in the peanuts and 1 cup of the chocolate chips.

Assemble the bars. Spread the dough evenly in the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips, the butterscotch chips, pecans, and coconut over the top of the dough.

Bake. Place the pan in the heated oven, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the edges are golden and the topping is bubbly and lightly browned.

Cool. Place the pan on a wire rack, and allow the bars to cool completely in the pan before cutting into bars.

overhead view of sliced toffee squares on parchment paper

Tips for Success

If you’ve made your share of cookies, then this recipe won’t hold many surprises for you. Here are a few tips to help make sure your toffee squares turn out perfectly.

  • Use a light-colored, metal pan. You’ll get the best and most consistent results in browning and thorough baking.
  • Line the pan with parchment paper. It’s so easy to use the overhanging parchment to lift the baked and cooled bars onto a cutting tray when it’s time to slice them.
  • Adapt the toppings to your tastes. Add some or all of your favorites!
toffee squares scattered on parchment paper

Variations

These toffee squares are the perfect kind of treat for customizing to your tastes. Change the add-ins to feature more chocolate chips, try another flavor baking chip (like peanut butter or cinnamon), or go the extra nutty route with a combination of nuts. As long as you keep the total amount of toppings the same, you can have a lot of fun changing up these bars!

overhead view of two toffee squares on a white plate with a fork

How to Store

After the bars have cooled completely, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They should keep for about 3 days.

Can These Bars Be Frozen?

Yes, these toffee bars freeze quite well. Place the cooled bars in an airtight container (or zip-top bag) that’s freezer-safe. For an extra layer of protection, you can wrap individual bars in plastic wrap before putting them in the container. Properly stored, they should keep in the freezer up to 3 months. Thaw for an hour or so on the countertop.

two toffee squares on a white plate

Toffee Squares

Yield 16 2-inch bars
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Toffee Squares are the best of both cookie and candy bar worlds! These dessert bars are packed with pecans, chocolate chips, peanuts, and coconut flakes!

a toffee square on parchment paper with additional bars in the background

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup (150g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (400g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/4 cups (156g) chopped peanuts
  • 1 & 1/2 cups (255g) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup (85g) butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup (60g) chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup (42g) sweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan. Line with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the brown sugar and continue beating until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until almost blended. Stir in the peanuts and 1 cup (170g) chocolate chips.
  5. Transfer the dough to the prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the top with the remaining chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, pecans, and coconut.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the topping is bubbly and lightly browned.
  7. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares.

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Milk & Cookies.

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    19 Comments on “Toffee Squares”

  1. the bakery is not far from me at work, it certainly was unselfish of you to try it out for us and now I know I won’t be wasting my time … so thanks! 🙂 Trying out this recipe too, yum.

  2. I get the feeling these will be responsible for some future weight gain!

  3. Ooh they’re like magic cookie bars! I’ve been to Milk and Cookies and can’t wait to return–LOVE their s’mores cookie. 🙂

  4. Oo yummy, I LOVE toasted coconut, butterscotch, chocolate…basically everything in your bars 🙂 Can’t wait to try them, pinned!

  5. Made these over the weekend. They were delish! Easy to make as well. Lots of richness packed in a small square! Thanks for another great recipe!

  6. Delicious! They remind me of Hello Dollies but with more of a cookie flavor. I love them. Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. These are delicious! My daughter and I made them today. We used walnuts and pecans as we didn’t have any baking peanuts. We also added a few toffee chips as you suggested. Sinfully good 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  8. These look amazing! Im thinking of making them for my BF but he’s gluten free, if i substituted a regular gf flour do you think would they work ok?

  9. Do you use salted or unsalted peanuts.

  10. Hallelujah and Hoorah! The Pin it button just showed back up on my screen!! Can’t wait to try these goodies!!

  11. These were delicious. And I like that you can use whatever nuts, chips etc. you have in the pantry. I threw in chocolate chips, PB chips, some nuts and salted peanuts. They were kinda peanut-y but really good!

  12. Can this recipe be doubled and baked in a 9 x 13 pan? How long to bake?

    • I think that would be fine, Ronda. You probably won’t need to adjust the baking time, as the thickness won’t really change. You may find that it’s more difficult to get the center thoroughly baked without over-baking the edges.

  13. This is excellent. The bars are very dense. I substituted pecans for all the nuts and I added Heath toffee pieces (just because I had them) to the batter and on top. I had a small amount of white chocolate morsels available and I added them but I don’t think it made a difference. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks 

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