English Toffee Bars

October 7, 2009 by Ali


Wow, this has been a week. In addition to a number of other things going on, this has been one of our busiest weeks of the year at work preparing to kick off our annual leadership institute tomorrow. I absolutely love this event, and the wonderful people and energy and inspiration it brings, but whew – it definitely puts our staff on overdrive!

So during some extra hours or preparation last night, I decided I needed to bake something sweet and simple for a little extra motivation! So I pulled out this recipe I’d bookmarked from Hershey’s that (I admit) looked so yummy in the picture. And even better — called for ingredients that I almost always have in the pantry!

While it’s probably not going to go in my super-healthy file, it definitely proved to be super-delicious!! I don’t know how you can go wrong with toasted pecans mixed with the sweet toffee and chocolate. But just to be sure, I did bring a plate of these in for my coworkers to taste-test today, and they happily agreed. :) Also, (especially with the help of my food processor) I’m happy to report these were a breeze to prepare. Will definitely be revisiting this recipe again…


english toffee bars

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 36 Bars


    Toffee Bars Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup lightly-packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (milk, bittersweet or dark)
  • Toffee Topping Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup lightly-packed brown sugar


Heat oven to 350°F.

Combine flour and brown sugar in large bowl. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until fine crumbs form, although a few large crumbs may remain. (See Ali's Tip below for shortcut.) Press mixture onto bottom of ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Sprinkle pecans over crust. Prepare toffee topping (instructions below); drizzle evenly over pecans and crust.

Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until topping is bubbly and golden; remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle milk chocolate chips evenly over top; press gently onto surface. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. About 36 bars.

Toffee Topping: Combine 2/3 cup butter and 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar in small saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue boiling, stirring constantly, 30 seconds. Use immediately.

Adapted from Hershey's

Ali's Tip: My favorite method for making crusts (especially the cutting-in-cold-butter step) is to use a food processor! It magically takes your ingredients to the "fine crumbs" stage with just the push of a button. I happen to have a tiny food processor, so often have to divide things into two batches, but it still saves time and I think mixes much better than I could by hand. :)

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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19 thoughts on “English Toffee Bars

  1. instead of pecans what can i use cashews/walnuts/groundnuts please reply as i cannot get pecans i india.


    - zarina bagga

  2. I know this is an older post but I saw these and “pinned” them immediately on Pinterest – so then I made them and blogged about them! SO AWESOME. Here’s my post, complete with links and credit! YUMMY! http://www.foodgoodlaundrybad.com/2011/09/pinterest-challenge-english-toffee-bars.html

    - Evin

  3. Made these and took them to work today and they were scarfed down! Thanks for the recipe!

    - Kathy

  4. Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

    - Polprav

  5. Oh my, I’ll have to make this delicious treat :)

    - Hélène

  6. Oh, sweet mercy! That looks like I could just take a bite out of it right my screen. I adore English toffee … thanks for sharing!

    - Ivonne

  7. just found your blog via foodgawker.com and i LOVE it…you have so many great recipes! can’t wait to try your pumpkin black bean soup!

    - Natalie

  8. Omg this looks aaamazing–and actually seems like I could manage it! lol

    - Dawn (HealthySDLiving)

  9. yum-yum=yum! I thought I had made every variation possible on the bar cookie thing, but this sounds amazing! Toffee and chocolate are my favorite combo, so can’t wait to try these!

    - Linda Ebright

  10. The pictures…are just…KILLING me. Wow. I know those are worth ever damn calories right there!

    - sophia

  11. I need to make these ASAP! Toffee and coffee/chai are the perfect combination for fall evenings..

    - Jeff

  12. Love the toffee bars… They look fantastic! Love the pictures.

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

  13. Oh my goodness…these look amazing. Right up my alley: I love a good, dense, rich bar cookie.

    - CakeSpy

  14. Wow! Those look amazing. I will definitely try that recipe. Thanks!

    - msmeanie

  15. I love how this dessert has so few ingredients!

    - jessica

  16. Health factor 0!!!! Yum factor 100!!!! I will make this for sure, but will have to hide them from myself!!!!

    - nina

  17. Sounds and looks great and just 5 ingredients- yeah!

    - sherri

  18. Oh these look gorgeous! I love English toffee!

    - ABowlOfMush

  19. I hear ya on the busyness – so overwhelming!! Hang in there.

    On a brighter note, those bars look SPECTACULAR!! Yum.

    - VeggieGirl