Toffee Chocolate Chip Bars

CATEGORIES: Bars and Brownies, Kate

Last week, my family (like my kids, husband, and I, not the whole circus of a fam damily) went to Utah for Spring Break. In true Spring Break fashion, we had a wild  time filled with crazy things like trying to find a cotton rather than a mesh men’s polo in the BYU Bookstore, falling asleep at 8:30 pm while my husband and his brother were at a movie, re-reading The Hunger Games series, and, after realizing that my parents’ neurotic dog was never going to like me, walking down the hallway toward his room saying, “Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike” in a demonic voice. If my dad reads this, he may disown me–he’s way nicer to those dogs than he is to any of his children. Seriously. There were a few nights when he came in to a room full of his children and grandchildren and asked, “Have these guys had anything to eat?” Yeah, he wasn’t talking about the humans.

So we got home yesterday and all of us were kind of experiencing the post-vacation blues–piles of dirty laundry, no groceries in the house, kids missing their cousins and Grandma and Grandpa, exhausted little people (and, let’s face it, grown-ups), and piles of bills and junk mail. We all needed a little pick-me-up that required just a few on-hand ingredients and not a lot of time, so I picked one of our old-school favorites. After a little corn chowder, we snacked on these while we watched The Muppets and we kind of eased back into reality.

These bars are super easy and I didn’t have to buy a single ingredient for them. Part of this is because apparently my subconscious thinks that when we are faced with a zombie apocalypse, sweetened condensed milk will be in short supply and high demand because I always seem to come home from the grocery store with 3 cans of it whether or not I need it for anything I’m making that week.

In a large bowl, combine 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour and 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar.

Combine the mixture with your fingers…

and then grate 3/4 cup cold or frozen butter.

Add it into the mixture and combine it with your hands so it resembles coarse crumbs.

Whisk one egg and drizzle it over the flour mixture. Combine it with your hands until evenly distributed. Take a bag of chocolate chips and measure out 1/2 cup of them.

Sprinkle the rest of the bag into the flour/sugar/butter mixture.

Mix it with your hands and then reserve 1 1/2 cups of the crumbly dough mixture. Gently press the remaining dough mixture into the prepared 9×13″ pan and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over the hot crust and spread it out evenly.

Reserve 1/4 cup of a bag of toffee chips and sprinkle the rest of the bag over the sweetened condensed milk. Sprinkle the reserved dough over the toffee chips and then top with the reserved chocolate chips.

Yes, I realize that I did not follow the directions and put things in the wrong order. It’s okay. My bars still tasted as good as a newborn baby smells. Place the pan back into the oven for another 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow the bars to cool completely (you can even pop the pan into the refrigerator–kind of like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Popsicles, these bars are way better cold) and then cut into squares and serve.

 

62 comments

  1. Who won the Bosch mixer? (obviously it wasn’t moi since I didn’t get an email, but I’m curious anyways). I don’t see it posted anywhere….

    1. Well, they’ve taken over my parents’ room. And bed. These people let my brother have one outdoor hunting dog while I was growing up, so I’m not quite sure who they are anymore…

  2. Love The Hunger Games! Those books never get old, do they? Suzanne Collins is brilliant. Also, I have to say I love the idea of grating the butter for this recipe. Although I’m not normally a sweets person, I will have to try this.

  3. oooh, those look divine. i don’t care about this personally because i have a nut-allergic kid anyway, but you list nuts as an optional ingredient and then don’t mention them in the directions. (i am an editor by trade and apparently i can’t stop looking for stuff like that, NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRY.)

    as always, i love your work! hope you get the laundry tamed soon (mine is still a wreck, and i’m not going to tell you how long ago spring break was around here. :))

    1. So do you ever watch the Saturday Night Live segments with Stefon on Weekend Update? I had a dream last night that you and I were at a blogging event and they kept taking us to places like Stefon talks about and we were totally weirded out.

      1. OK so I know you weren’t talking to me, but Stefon is my FAVORITE part of SNL!! I think he is so funny:)

        Also-I’m making these today to take to a friend that just had a baby…. but they might not all make it to her house…. 🙂

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