These soft and chewy, gooey cookie bars with toffee bits are so easy to make from scratch. They’re packed with brown sugar and caramel flavor and taste like blondies! Grab a 9×13 inch pan and make a batch today!
What is a Cookie Bar?
Cookie bars, also known as cookie squares, are basically cookie dough that is baked in a 9×13 inch baking pan or sheet pan that is then cut into squares. They’re usually thicker, chewier, and slightly gooier than your average cookie.
These particular squares are like toffee bit cookies in bar form.
What is Toffee?
Toffee is a sweet confection made by slowly and carefully cooking butter and sugar (brown or white) until it is dark in color. Then, it’s spread out on a flat surface to cool to room temperature or refrigerated until it’s completely hardened.
Toffee bits are very small broken pieces of toffee.
For those of you who have never tried toffee before, it tastes just like caramel and basically almost is caramel but instead of being soft and gummy, it’s hard.
I used Skor toffee bits for this recipe but you can also use Heath or your own homemade toffee.
Easy Cookie Bar Recipe
Cookies are great but cookie bars are so much easier to make! All you have to do is mix up the batter, press it into the pan, and bake!
It’s so simple.
You don’t have to chill dough or roll it into balls or bake multiple batches. They’re perfect for when you’re craving cookies but too lazy to do all the extra work.
This recipe has few ingredients, the batter only takes less than 10 minutes to mix without a mixer, and it comes together all in one bowl. See? Easy!
This is a fabulous dessert recipe for toffee bits that is hassle free.
You’ll need salted butter for this recipe but if you don’t have any on hand simply add 1/4 teaspoon more salt. And don’t be afraid of the salt amount. Salt adds flavor to baked goods and balances out the sweetness in this recipe.
Another ingredient that adds flavor to these bars is the brown sugar which is the only sugar in this recipe.
I’ve tried using both sugars before and it just wasn’t the same. The brown sugar makes them so perfectly chewy and adds this caramel-like flavor that just cannot be replaced.
The Best Cookie Bars
These bars are not only easy to make, they’re delicious too! They come out perfectly soft, chewy, and gooey every time.
The two eggs bind and expand the batter and provide moisture along with the butter.
The baking powder and baking soda gives them just the right amount of lift so that they’re soft and not dense.
There’s just enough flour to soak up the butter but not so much that the bars end up being dry. The batter is a lot softer, more “wet”, and stickier than your average cookie dough but this is exactly the kind of consistency that it should be.
Using only brown sugar ensures that these squares are mostly chewy instead of crispy.
Out of all the dessert bars that I’ve tried, these are one of my favorites. I just love toffee bit desserts and caramel desserts. The flavor is unmatched.
What are your favorite things to make with toffee?
How to know when the Bars are done
You’ll notice that the recipe says to bake until the top and edges are set. What exactly does “set” mean? It means slightly firm to the touch. There should be no raw batter showing and it shouldn’t be so soft to the point that it easily dents when you touch it very gently with your finger.
When you remove the bar cookies from the oven the center may be slightly puffy and that’s because aside from the very top layer and the edges, the rest will still be slightly under baked but that’s okay!
As the bars cool in the baking pan the center will rapidly sink and the residual heat will continue to “bake” them.
Using a glass baking dish/pan: If you bake the cookie bars in a glass pan instead of a metal one, you may need to bake the bars for two minutes longer. But be very careful not to over bake!
You should know that the texture throughout the bars does vary. The edge pieces and center pieces are slightly different. The edges are chewier and a little crispy. The centers are softer and a little more gooey. I’m an edge gal because I love the chewy texture.
By the way, these easy bar cookies are perfect for a crowd. You may even need to double the recipe because they disappear fast!
More Easy Cookie Bar & Blondie Recipes
If you give this toffee bit cookie bar recipe a try let me know how it turns out in the comments below. I love hearing from you!
These soft and chewy, gooey cookie bars with toffee bits are so easy to make from scratch. They're packed with brown sugar and caramel flavor and taste like blondies! Grab a 9x13 inch pan and make a batch today!
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups toffee bits
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl combine the butter, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.
Add the flour and gently mix until fully incorporated, then fold in the toffee bits.
Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan and spread it into an even layer.
Bake for 28 – 30 minutes. *The longer they bake the chewier they'll be.
Cool in pan 1 hour before slicing. Bars will fall apart if handled while still too warm.
Store fully cooled bars in an airtight container to prevent them from drying out.
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