Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Toffee Bars

Tomorrow I am going to visit the mister in Halifax for a few days.
Since he is being starved of my sweet treats while we are living apart it's only fair that I whip up something to soothe those pangs during my visit, right?

Enter 'old school' toffee bars!

I found this recipe in a Betty Crocker cookbook from the early 1950s and it is about as easy peasy as it gets. But don't think easy equals bland. These bars are a mix between buttery shortbread, sweet toffee, and comforting chocolate chip cookies.

Toffee Bars
*Adapted from Betty Crocker
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg yolk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Mix butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg yolk with wooden spoon. Stir in flour and salt, you can get your hands in there if you feel like it. Now, the actual recipe calls to top the fully baked bars with the chocolate chips and smooth them out so you have a layer of chocolate but, I decided to just mix them in with the batter like you would a chocolate chip cookie.
Press into a 9x9 inch glass baking dish and bake at 350°F for 25 minutes. 

Let cool on a wire rack and start winning hearts :)