You know those hard little nuggets of sugar you sometimes get in a bag of brown sugar? Ya know what I do with them? I eat them!! Yup! In fact whenever I open a new bag of brown sugar I look for them first, so I can give myself a little treat. Around here I do all the cooking and baking so a girl’s got to reward herself once in a while.
Today I was wishing for something made with brown sugar so I came up with this idea for brown sugar bars with toffee bits mixed in. Thus….. Brown Sugar Toffee Bars. These bars are so simple really, but they have flavors that are so outstanding. Chewy, buttery, and rich. They are deceptively delicious.
If you’re not as nuts-o for dark brown sugar as I am then by all means use light brown sugar, you’ll get a somewhat milder flavor, and lighter colored bar. All the other usual pals go into these bars like butter, eggs, vanilla, etc, but you’ll also need a bag of toffee bits. I wanted to use the kind that are covered in milk chocolate but didn’t have any on hand. Went to my grocery store but they didn’t have them so I used the plain toffee bits, and added about 1/2 cup chocolate chips. You can use the plain toffee bits, chocolate covered bits, or add chocolate chips as I did. It’s totally up to you.
The batter mixes up quickly, stir in the toffee, spread in a baking pan and pop into the oven. Before long your tummy will be thanking you in a big way.
Here’s what your bars will look like……
BROWN SUGAR TOFFEE BARS
Yield: Makes approximately 30 bars
- 1 cup butter ( 2 sticks), at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 (8oz)bag of Toffee Bits (Heath Toffee Bits, with or without chocolate covering)
1. Preheat the oven to 350*F. Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with cooking spray.
2. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar together, about 2 minutes on medium speed until combined and fluffy…..
Add in eggs and vanilla and continue mixing until incorporated.
3. Turn mixer to low speed and add in baking soda, salt and flour, mixing until incorporated.
4. Pour in the toffee bits and stir until evenly combined…..
5. Spread batter in prepared pan and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until golden and center is just set. Don’t over bake.
6. Cool pan on wire rack and cut into squares when ready to serve.
SOURCE: A major adaptation of a recipe for Toffee Squares from Taste of Home Baking Book
There’s nothing like the butterscotchy flavour of those little sugar “rocks”! (I just knew you were a girl after my own heart; )
Pals forever, the ‘Sugar Sisters”.
You betcha, Sista!
VERY busy weekend coming up, so these’ll have to wait ’til Monday. (Meanwhile, to paraphrase Tim Curry, “I shiver with anticiPAtion!”: )