Brown sugar toffee bars are chewy and dense and topped with chocolate ganache and toffee bits. These toffee bars aren’t candy like real English toffee, however they are just as addictive.
For many years now I’ve been baking these brown sugar toffee bars. They contain two of my favorite ingredients. Namely brown sugar and chocolate. Well, I almost forgot butter, so I guess they contain three of my favorite ingredients. They are topped with crunchy, candy bits of chocolate covered toffee. Ummm. I love those too! Besides this recipe being super delish, it also makes a ton of cookie bars which are great for serving a crowd (think school events or football games) or freezing in case you feel the need to have something always at the ready.
I prefer to bake bar cookies instead of regular cookies for the simple reason that my freezer is a total disaster zone. Let’s face it, bars do not get broken as easily as cookies. Or toes for that matter. Freezer contents are known to shift suddenly, especially when someone is searching for something that is hidden in its deepest depths. Let’s face it. Having a giant steak land with a giant thud upon your teeny toe is not fun. But at least bar cookies survive!
In my case, I have a perfectly good reason for baking a ton of brown sugar toffee bars. I know that Zoe will be arriving home in about a month’s time for her 10th high school reunion. Now that is hard for me to digest…unlike these brown sugar toffee bars! Zoe, being the class president has to plan this exciting event and though she has been a bit late on the planning, she is on the case. Well, I’m on the case too, because I have something sweet, ready and waiting her upon her arrival. Hopefully, Alex Odie San will also be arriving since it is his 10th year reunion too, but that is yet to be determined.
One thing is for sure and I know this to be a fact because I’ve been baking these bars since my college years; they don’t last long. These brown sugar toffee bars are not made to be resisted; they are made to be digested and scarfed down one’s pie hole so that one can quickly grab another. They have been known to be eaten with a beer in hand, though I do suggest a glass of milk as a better alternative. Of course there are other alternatives in Colorado that these go quite nicely with also. And somehow thinking of the kid’s reunion has me remembering things that are probably better left forgotten. Or reminisced upon. And these brown sugar toffee bars will help with that and in a very sweet way.
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Brown sugar toffee bars are chewy and dense and topped with chocolate ganache and toffee bits. These toffee bars aren’t candy like like real English toffee, however they are just as addictive.
4 sticks butter
2 c brown sugar
2 t vanilla
4 c flour
3/4 t salt
1 c heavy cream
1 c chocolate chips or more if you want a thicker icing
1 bag Heath bar Toffee bits or Skor
Sea Salt for sprinkling
Grease a 12 x 17″ sheet pan. Preheat oven to 350.
Cream butter and brown sugar in stand mixer until light.
Add vanilla and eggs and beat in.
Add flour and salt and mix well. (You may want to cover your mixer with a towel to prevent flour from flying everywhere.)
Press dough into your baking pan. I use a spatula to help spread dough and tamp it down.
Bake for 15 minutes or until light golden. I prefer a fudgy texture but if you want them crispier, bake them longer.
While bars are baking, make the ganache. Pour heavy cream into a 2 c measuring cup. In the microwave bring cream to a simmer. In my microwave, this takes about 1 minute to a minute and a half. Pour hot, but not boiling cream over chocolate. Let sit for about a minute until chocolate softens. Using a whisk, beat chocolate and cream until is is glossy and smooth.
After bars are removed from oven, pour ganache over bars and spread with a spatula. Let cool just a bit and then top with toffee bits. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired. Chill and then cut into bars.
Keywords: bar cookies, chocolate, toffee, baking, dessert, snacks