English Toffee Bars


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

A delicious candy-inspired dessert bar! Recipe and photos included.


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.

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.  :)

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!




Leave a Comment:


  1. VeggieGirl — October 8, 2009 @ 7:34 am (#)

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

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

  2. ABowlOfMush — October 8, 2009 @ 8:52 am (#)

    Oh these look gorgeous! I love English toffee!

  3. sherri — October 8, 2009 @ 8:55 am (#)

    Sounds and looks great and just 5 ingredients- yeah!

  4. nina — October 8, 2009 @ 9:51 am (#)

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

  5. jessica — October 8, 2009 @ 1:24 pm (#)

    I love how this dessert has so few ingredients!

  6. msmeanie — October 8, 2009 @ 2:13 pm (#)

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

  7. CakeSpy — October 8, 2009 @ 5:27 pm (#)

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

  8. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — October 8, 2009 @ 8:06 pm (#)

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

  9. Jeff — October 8, 2009 @ 10:49 pm (#)

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

  10. sophia — October 9, 2009 @ 1:14 am (#)

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

  11. Linda Ebright — October 9, 2009 @ 8:36 am (#)

    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!

  12. Dawn (HealthySDLiving) — October 9, 2009 @ 10:52 pm (#)

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

  13. Natalie — October 10, 2009 @ 7:37 pm (#)

    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!

  14. Ivonne — October 11, 2009 @ 7:04 pm (#)

    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!

  15. Hélène — October 13, 2009 @ 12:00 pm (#)

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

  16. Polprav — October 16, 2009 @ 8:02 pm (#)

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

  17. Kathy — November 4, 2009 @ 8:25 pm (#)

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

  18. Evin — September 14, 2011 @ 12:53 pm (#)

    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

  19. zarina bagga — November 22, 2013 @ 12:53 pm (#)

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