Friday, September 23, 2011

Toffee Bits Bars

Fall is REALLY here!  What I love most about cool weather is warming up the kitchen with good-smelling treats! As I photographed the Toffee Bits Bars, my 2-year-old and 4-year-old hung around, (im)patiently waiting for a  sample. When they finally got their snack, they were content (!) for a couple minutes while they focused on eating. When I wiped the crumbs off my 2-year-old’s face, he looked up at me and said gratefully, “Mmmm. Nummy.”
Anyway, I really love Heath and Skor candy bars—chocolate-covered crunchy English toffee.  When toffee baking bits came out several years ago, I was really excited! I love looking at a well-stocked baking bits section in the grocery store J That’s why I’ve posted three recipes this week using toffee baking bits (check out Toffee Crunch Dip and Heath Bits Peanut Butter Cookies. There are two varieties of toffee baking bits: Heath Bits o' Brickle and Heath English Toffee Bits (Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits). Of the two, I prefer English Toffee Bits, because they contain toffee WITH its chocolate coating. However, Bits of Brickle can also work in this recipe.

Ingredients:
2  1/3 c. flour
2/3 c. brown sugar
¾ c. butter
1 egg
2 c. chocolate chips, divided
1 c. chopped nuts
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
8 oz. (1  1/3 c.) package milk chocolate toffee bits, divided

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.

2. Grease 9x13” pan (I like cooking spray).

3. In a large bowl, mix flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs (room-temperature butter works best). I use a pastry cutter for this, but a fork and butter knife would also work.

4. Add egg and stir with a fork.

5. Add the nuts (I use walnuts) and 1 ½ cups of chocolate chips. Stir.

6. Take 1 ½ cups of this mixture and set aside. 


Set-aside crumb mixture
  Put the rest of it in the bottom of your 9x13” pan, and press it (it’s the crust). Bake 10 minutes.

7. Pull the pan out of the oven. Evenly pour sweetened condensed milk over the whole thing.

8. Take ½ c. toffee bits and set aside. Evenly sprinkle the rest of the bag of toffee bits over the sweetened condensed milk.

9. Sprinkle reserved 1 ½ c. flour-nut-chocolate chip mixture over the whole thing.

10. Now sprinkle the remaining ½ c. chocolate chips and ½ c. toffee bits over the top.

11. Bake 25-30 minutes, until golden brown on edges.

12. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

I first made Toffee Bits Bars when I saw the recipe on a Skor Bar Bits package. However, I don’t know if Skor Bar bits are available anymore—my local stores carry only Heath Bits. Therefore, I’ve adjusted the recipe a little and added more chocolate chips, of course!

*Nutrition facts:

Ingredient
Calories
Sodium (% RDA)
Fiber (g)
Protein (g)
Calcium (% RDA)
2  1/3 c. flour
1027
0
4.5
28
0
2/3  c. light brown sugar
480
0
0
0
0
¾ c. butter
1200
48
0
0
0
1 large egg
70
3
0
6
2
2 c. chocolate chips
2240
0
0
16
0
1 c. chopped walnuts
800
0
8
20
8
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
1300
20
0
30
100
8 oz. package milk chocolate toffee bits
1200
30
0
0
0
Total pan
32 bars):
8317 kcal
101%
12.5 g
100 g
110%
1 bar:
260 kcal
3%
0.5 g
3 g
3.5%

*Calculated from food packaging:
 I used “Great Value” brand (Walmart) butter, “Domino” brand light brown sugar, “ACME” brand egg and sweetened condensed milk, “Bakers and Chefs” brand (Sams Club) all-purpose flour, “Nestle” semisweet chocolate chips, “Diamond” walnuts, and “Heath English Toffee Bits”.

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4 comments:

  1. Wow, these look great! I also love baking with toffee bits--yummy! By the way, sending a blog award your way today. Happy Friday!

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  2. Thanks Ashley for making my Friday happy!

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  3. Oops, my comment disappeared! These bars look yummy, I have a recipe that is kind of similar. Mine has peanut butter an doesn't have toffee though! I've never bought toffee bits before but I'll need to get some and try one of your recipes :D

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  4. I think I remember this recipe! I've been looking for it. I remember making it a long time ago & saw it on the back of the toffee bag. I remember the sweet cond. milk. I can't wait to try this now! thanks.

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