This recipe for toffee cookie bars comes straight from my grandma’s recipe box. They are a simple brown sugar cookie bar topped with chocolate and optionally pecans for a easy and tasty dessert.
If you like the deep flavor of brown sugar and simple desserts, these toffee bars are for you. They come together in just a few minutes with a handful of ingredients you likely already have.
I was digging through some old family recipes recently when I stumbled upon this gem. My Maw-Maw had emailed it to my mom with a note that she used to make these toffee bars whenever she had to take something special somewhere.
The ingredient list was short and the method was beyond simple, so I decided to whip some up. I am certainly glad I did.
Making Toffee Bars
Desserts really don’t get a whole lot easier than this. Just beat some softened butter with brown sugar, an egg, vanilla, and salt.
Add flour and mix until combined. Gently pat it out in a 10×15″ sheet pan, and it’s ready to go.
When the hot cookie bars come out of the oven, sprinkle some chocolate chips over the top. Let them sit for about a minute and then spread it smooth.
Maw-Maw sprinkled chopped pecans over hers which sounds amazing. Due to the taste preferences of those I was sharing with, I left them off.
Once the bars are cooled and the chocolate is set, cut the bars into squares and serve. They are fabulous.
I used light brown sugar in these bars and it resulted in a light blonde bar. For a deeper flavor and color, feel free to switch to dark brown sugar.
Use your favorite kind of chocolate chips. We use milk chocolate chips because they are Little Dude’s favorite.
Dark chocolate or semisweet chips would be fabulous as well and would be a great foil to the brown sugar in the bars.
If you choose to top your bars with pecans, take a few minutes to toast them first. You could even add a pinch of salt when you do for the maximum toasty sweet and salty combination.
Chopped walnuts or even macadamia nuts would be wonderful as well. You could even top them with chopped pistachios and some dried cranberries for a Christmas feel.
How can I get more toffee flavor in these cookie bars?
Instead of topping the bars with chopped pecans, sprinkle bit o’brickle toffee bits on top of the melted chocolate. It will add to the brown sugar flavor in the cookie bars and really up the toffee flavor.
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Maw-Maw’s Toffee Bars
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1¼ cups chocolate chips
- optional: chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large bowl, beat butter until smooth.
- Cream in brown sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add egg and vanilla, mixing until combined.
- Stir in salt and flour until just incorporated.
- Pat into a 10×15-inch pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Right after removing the bars from the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top. Let sit for 1 minute and then spread until smooth. Sprinkle chopped pecans over the melted chocolate if desired.
- Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars and serving.
- Store at room temperature for up to a week.