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Chocolate Toffee Bars

Chocolate Toffee Bars are a one-bowl wonder! So easy to make and so very delicious!

stack of Chocolate Toffee Bars on a white tray

Easy Chocolate Toffee Bars

There are times when you just need things to be simple. After a bad day or just when everything else seems overly complicated. Coincidentally, those are often the times you could really go for something sweet. For those times, there are these Chocolate Toffee Bars.

This is one of those great one-bowl recipes that we all need in our baking arsenal. Homemade dessert with less mess is always a winner with me. That kind of simplicity with wonderfully delicious results is tough to beat.

It all starts with a simple shortbread made with just a handful of ingredients. There are some nuts and chocolate chips in there to supply plenty of flavor. There’s also a hint of cinnamon to give them a little something extra. I really like the occasional bit of cinnamon with chocolate. If you’re not a fan, you can simply omit it.

Once that gets baked, it gets treated with the simplest of toppings. Just scatter some chocolate chips on top of the warm shortbread, wait a few minutes, and spread the melted chocolate over the top. I like to use milk chocolate here, but semisweet will work just fine.

Hopefully, you’ll think of this recipe the next time you need a little simple and a little sweet in your day. Then you can sit back with a couple of these bars and just enjoy.

overhead view of Chocolate Toffee Bars on a white tray

What You’ll Need

You only need a short list of ingredients to whip up a batch of these toffee bars. See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions. Here are some helpful notes about the ingredients you’ll need.

  • All-purpose flour – Measure by weight for best results. If you don’t have a digital kitchen scale, you can approximate that accuracy by using the spoon and sweep method. Learn more: How to Measure Flour
  • Brown sugar – You can use either light or dark brown sugar, depending on your preference. Learn more: Light Brown Sugar vs Dark Brown Sugar
  • Salt
  • Ground cinnamon – This is optional, but I love the extra bit of flavor it adds!
  • Unsalted butter – Set out the butter to allow it to soften before mixing.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips – I like milk chocolate chips best in these toffee bars, but either semisweet chocolate chips or bittersweet chocolate chips are good, too. Or use a combination!
  • Chopped nuts – Pecans are my go-to nut for baking, but most any nut will work.
  • Toffee bits – I usually use plain toffee bits, but the chocolate-covered kind works, too.

How to Make Chocolate Toffee Bars

Ready to make these easy toffee bars? Grab your mixing bowl and let’s go!

Prepare for baking. Heat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9- by 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil so that the lining hangs over the edge to make it easier to remove later. Grease the lining. (I use a cooking spray with flour, like Baker’s Joy.)

Make the crust. Combine the flour, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the butter and vanilla, and mix with an electric hand mixer on medium-low speed until the mixture forms coarse crumbs. Stir in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips and all of the nuts.

Transfer to the pan. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Bake. Place the pan in the heated oven, and bake 25 to 30 minutes. The bars should be golden brown.

Make the topping. Place the pan on a wire rack. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over the top of the bars, and let them sit for a few minutes. Then use an offset spatula to spread the melted chocolate over the bars. Sprinkle the toffee bits over the top.

Cool and slice. Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan. Then use the edges of the lining to lift the bars out of the pan onto a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars.

three Chocolate Toffee Bars stacked on a white tray

Tips for Success

I think you’ll find these toffee bars to be a quick and easy baking project. Here are a few tips to help make sure yours turn out perfectly.

  • Measure accurately. Most shortbread doughs go awry due to inaccurate measurements, especially with the flour. Take care to be as accurate as possible.
  • Line the pan. This may seem like just an extra step, but you’ll be glad you took those few minutes when it’s time to cut and serve the bars.
  • Customize! These bars are designed for customizing, so feel free to change the add-ins with a different baking chips or a combination of favorite add-ins. You can sprinkle whatever you’d like on top. I used toffee bits, but chopped nuts would be great. Add a little sprinkle of salt for a sweet and salty variation.

How to Store Leftovers

Once the bars have cooled completely, place them in an airtight container in a single layer. They should keep at room temperature up to 3 days. If your kitchen is especially warm, you may prefer to refrigerate them. Just make sure the container is airtight so they won’t become dry. Allow the bars to come to room temperature before serving.

Can These Toffee Bars Be Frozen?

Yes, these bars will freeze well. After they bars are completely cooled, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet leaving a small gap between them. Freeze the bars for about 2 hours, or until the topping is solid. Then transfer the frozen bars to an airtight, freezer-safe container. If you like, first wrap each bar in plastic wrap to help keep them looking their best. Properly stored, the bars should keep in the freezer up to 3 months. Thaw in a single layer at room temperature for an hour or two.

Chocolate Toffee Bars

Yield 24 2-inch bars
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

These wonderfully easy Chocolate Toffee Bars are made in just one bowl and have such amazing flavor!

stack of Chocolate Toffee Bars on a white tray

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (200g) firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups (155g) milk chocolate chips*, divided
  • 3/4 cup (90g) chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup (80g) toffee bits

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9"x 13" baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil so that it overhangs on the two short sides. Grease the foil.
  2. Place the flour, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl and mix together.
  3. Add the butter and vanilla. Using an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips and all of the pecans.
  5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Press evenly into the bottom of pan.
  6. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Place the pan on a wire rack. Sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Let stand for 2 to 3 minutes. Then, spread the chocolate evenly over the bars. Sprinkle with toffee bits.
  8. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Use the overhanging foil to lift the bars out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Cut into bars.

Notes

*Semisweet or bittersweet chocolate will work well, too.

Recipe slightly adapted from BHG.

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    11 Comments on “Chocolate Toffee Bars”

  1. These bars looks delicious!!

  2. This will be a big hit with kids for lunch time snacks with their friends on the weekend.

  3. I’m such a fan of the quick, one-bowl desserts. I mean, pretty is nice, but delicious and quickly in my belly is better 🙂

  4. I just love chocolate and toffee. These look so moist and delicious!

  5. I love chocolate and toffee together. Yum.

  6. Simple sweets and chocolatey sweets are definitely what i need on a trying day! Love that these combine those two NEEDS.

  7. This recipe has no eggs or leavening, correct? They look delicious, just making sure:)

  8. sometimes simple truly is best. Especially when it lets delicious toffee and chocolate flavors take center stage–YUM!

  9. Should I melt the butter or just combine when it’s soft-room temperature?

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