Toffee Bit Cookie Bars

by Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
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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!

Toffee Bit Cookie Bars - Best soft & chewy, gooey bars packed with brown sugar and caramel flavor. So easy to make and taste like blondies. Grab a 9x13 inch pan and whip up a batch today! | Beat Bake Eat

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.

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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.




These bar cookies are made with melted butter which gives them a chewy texture. When melting the butter be careful not to overheat it. If it does end up being too hot, do not use it until it is just warm otherwise it will cook the eggs. You don’t want scrambled eggs in your batter!

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.

Toffee Bit Cookie Bars - Best soft & chewy, gooey bars packed with brown sugar and caramel flavor. So easy to make and taste like blondies. Grab a 9x13 inch pan and whip up a batch today! | Beat Bake Eat

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!

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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!




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Toffee Bit Cookie Bars - Best soft & chewy, gooey bars packed with brown sugar and caramel flavor. So easy to make and taste like blondies. Grab a 9x13 inch pan and whip up a batch today! | Beat Bake Eat
Toffee Bit Cookie Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
28 mins
Total Time
38 mins
 

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!

Course: Dessert
Keyword: brown sugar cookie bars, things to make with toffee, toffee bit desserts
Servings: 24 Cookie Bars
Calories: 167 kcal
Author: Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

  2. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl combine the butter, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.
  5. Add the flour and gently mix until fully incorporated, then fold in the toffee bits.

  6. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan and spread it into an even layer.
  7. Bake for 28 – 30 minutes. *The longer they bake the chewier they'll be.

  8. Cool in pan 1 hour before slicing. Bars will fall apart if handled while still too warm.

  9. Store fully cooled bars in an airtight container to prevent them from drying out.
Notes


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5 comments

Lisa January 18, 2020 - 6:52 pm

Easy and tasty. The recipe is forgiving as well, since I probably over baked them but they r still chewy. May add chopped walnuts or pecans next time. I also appreciated the instructions on how to use unsalted butter with some extra salt. It saved me a trip to the supermarket!

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Crystal January 19, 2020 - 9:14 am

Yay! I’m glad they turned out great and also happy you didn’t have to make a trip to the store. Ouu, the nuts will add a nice crunch. Thanks for the 5-star review! I was actually thinking the other day that they might be better baked at 325 degrees. What do you think? I’m going to test it. By the way, how long did you bake them for?

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Lisa January 19, 2020 - 10:13 am

It was probably around 27.5 minutes at 350. I got distracted. For my taste, 25 minutes would have been perfect. Didn’t realize baked goods continue to cook if you leave them in the pan outside of the oven. Maybe that’s why I have a tendency to overbake items, because I wait for them to be firm in the oven before I take them out.

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Crystal January 19, 2020 - 12:38 pm

Ohh, that explains it. Glad you still enjoyed them though. I used to do that too because although I knew they continued to bake in the pan outside the oven, I didn’t think it was enough to have a great effect. I’ve learned that when it comes to cookies and bars always take them out before they’re fully baked for the very best results. Thanks for replying, Lisa! 😊

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