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Easy Chocolate Toffee Bars

Preview: These easy chocolate toffee bars have a shortbread base covered with melted chocolate chips and chopped pecans. Impressive but quick to make when time is short!

What recipe do you pull out when you need a quick dessert? That recipe will surely be easy and contain ingredients you already have on hand. 3 dozen drop cookies are not the first thing that comes to mind.

I would prefer to skip the brownie mix and go for these chocolate toffee bars. The shortbread base is simple to put together and only requires flour, butter, and sugar. When the base is cooked, spread chocolate chips (or another flavor of your choice), let them melt, then spread evenly with a spatula.

Bonus: The base is thinner than the average toffee bar recipe so you can eat these without quite so much guilt.

Chocolate/pecan covered shortbread cookies.

How to easily memorize this toffee bar recipe:

When pressed for time, would you rather make a recipe you know by heart or one hiding in a cookbook or messy recipe file?

Yep! That’s what I thought. Like you, I go with what I know to save time.

Given the above, I have good news…

You won’t need a written recipe for long with these easy cookies. Here’s a trick I use so I don’t have to look up the recipe.

Remember 1/4.

The “1” stands for 1 cup of flour. The “4” stands for the 4 ingredients in the shortbread base. Put them together and you have 1/4 which indicates the amount needed for three of the ingredients:

1 cup flour + 1/4 cup powdered sugar + 1/4 cup butter + 1/4 teaspoon salt

I’m not sure if this explanation makes sense, but it works for me.

Conveniently, I just eyeball the chocolate chips. No need to memorize that measurement.

Variations:

The possibilities for topping these bars are numerous. The cookies you see in the top photo are covered with semi-sweet chocolate chips and pecans. My oldest son goes crazy for them.

My husband likes the bars pictured below featuring half chocolate chips and half white chocolate chips. 

Next, I may try peanut butter chips marbled with chocolate chips.  And how about melted chocolate chips topped with toasted almonds? Yum!

one slice of marbled toffee bar

How to line a pan for clean and easy removal of chocolate toffee bars:

A parchment paper or foil sling is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to enable you to remove these cookies from the pan without crumbling. With that in mind, see the directions in the picture tutorial below.

making a sling
Make a parchment paper or foil sling for an 8-inch pan. This is essential if you want any hope of getting the bars out of the pan without crumbling
melting chips on top of the shortbread
Immediately after removing from the oven, sprinkle chips evenly over the surface of the shortbread cookie base. Allow the cookies to rest until all chips are completely melted and soft. Leave as is or spread with a spatula until smooth.

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Yield: 16 squares

Easy Chocolate Toffee Bar Recipe

Easy Chocolate Toffee Bar Recipe

These layered toffee bars have a shortbread base covered with melted chocolate chips and chopped pecans.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or flavor of your choice
  • 1/8 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make a parchment paper or foil sling for 8-inch pan. This is essential if you are to have any hope of getting the bars out of the pan without crumbling. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Stir flour, sugar and salt together in small bowl. Pour in melted butter and stir. Use fingers to thoroughly mix butter with dry ingredients.
  3. Dump butter/flour mixture in to pan and pat down smooth. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Immediately after removing from the oven, sprinkle chips evenly over the surface of shortbread cookie base. Allow to sit until all chips are completely melted and soft.
  5. VERY carefully use a knife or back of a spoon to spread soft chips in an even layer. If desired, sprinkle chopped, toasted nuts over the top. Put in refrigerator until chocolate layer hardens. Remove cookies and sling from pan carefully. Slice into 16 pieces.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

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shailesh

Tuesday 19th of July 2011

i make tofee plz guide me

Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls

Sunday 7th of November 2010

Oh wow! This look wonderful!!!

Mary xo Delightful Bitefuls

Jayde

Monday 2nd of August 2010

I just made these and they are delicious! I'm quite a novice baker so I'm a little confused as to how these should be stored - in the refrigerator or in an air-tight container? It is currently winter where I'm from (New Zealand), so could these be kept outside? Thanks! :)

M.

Thursday 27th of May 2010

beautiful,very decadent and dangerous!!! :)

Cherine

Thursday 27th of May 2010

These look irresistible!

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