Take butter and sugar and add chocolate and nuts. Mmm . . . have I aroused your sweet tooth and gotten your attention, yet? Although there are innumerable variations of toffee, the four ingredients just mentioned are pretty much it for toffee purists. But by adding two more ingredients to the mix, you can transform toffee candy into delicious toffee bars. This recipe produces a toffee bar that falls somewhere between a candy and a cookie. I much prefer the the crunch of these toffee bars over the cake-like texture of blonde brownies or the sweet snap of toffee candy.
I received this recipe over thirty years ago from one of my sister’s college roommates. Since then it has become one of my go-to recipes for bake sales and potlucks. My husband likes crumbling these toffee bars over a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an indulgent dessert. Enjoy!
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sifted flour
1 C chopped walnuts
1 – 6 ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips (I mix semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate chips together)
1. Thoroughly cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla.
2. Add flour slowly and mix well.
3. Stir in chocolate and walnuts.
4. Press mixture into an ungreased 9″ by 13″ pan. The layer of dough will be thin.
5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Cut into squares while warm and still in pan. Cool before serving.
Makes 5 dozen.