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Chocolate Toffee Bars

Chocolate Toffee Bars are rich and delicious. A really simple dessert for holidays and family get togethers. A cookie crust topped with a gooey toffee layer and lots of chocolate!

Chocolate Toffee Bars with coffee cups and French Press

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Dessert bars are my favorite when I’m short on time, they go together quickly and are quicker than baking batch after batch of cookies.

Chewy Chocolate Blondies are always a favorite and these Cake Mix Bars are filled with chocolate chips and m&m’s candies for a quick treat.

I adapted this recipe from a Southern Living cookbook years ago. It’s always been a favorite so I thought it was time for a photo update. 


Chocolate Toffee Bars collage with text overlay

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How to Make Chocolate Toffee Bars:

cookie crust for toffee bars

  • Add butter, brown sugar and an egg yolk to a mixer bowl and beat until creamy.
  • Next add in all purpose flour and salt, mixing until combined.
  • Press into a 9 x 13- inch baking pan in an even layer.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.

sweetened condensed milk and butter in a saucepan

  • In a saucepan, add sweetened condensed milk and 2 tablespoons butter. Cook over medium heat, bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Filling for Toffee bars collage

  • Pour mixture over baked crust and return to oven to bake for 12 minutes.

toffee bits and chocolate chips for toffee bars

  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with toffee bits and chocolate chips. Allow to stand 10 minutes.

Chocolate topped toffee bars

  • Spread chocolate into an even layer. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Place bars in refrigerator until chocolate is set.

Chocolate bars - 4 slices, knife

  • Allow to stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before slicing into bars.

How to Store Chocolate Toffee Bars:

These bars are fine stored at room temperature if covered with plastic wrap. I like to keep them in the refrigerator. The texture is a little chewier if they are slightly chilled.

They are easier to slice if you set them out for about five minutes before slicing.

You can make these dessert bars 2 days in advance. Wrap cooled bars in plastic wrap and refrigerate.   Slice just before serving.

Holiday chocolate bars

Dessert bars are great for potlucks, game day parties and celebrations. They are so easy to make ahead and easy to transport. These Chocolate Toffee Bars would also make a great addition to your holiday goodie baskets.

slices of toffee bars

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Chocolate Chip Caramel Bars are an easy treat to make for any occasion that is filled with chocolate chips, pecans and caramel sauce.

Old Fashioned Date Bars are a classic dessert that is so simple to make. They are rich, chewy and so delicious!

Frosted Cookie Bars have a delicious sugar cookie base and an amazing buttercream frosting and tons of sprinkles. A crowd favorite!

Salted Caramel Cookie Bars are rich and delicious. The perfect balance of sweet and salty. They are filled with chocolate chips, caramel bits and pecans. 

Snickerdoodle Bars are quick and easy and loaded with the classic cinnamon and sugar flavors.

Cherry Almond Bars  are something different to bring to your next get together. Super easy recipe and tons of flavor!

2 cups of coffee with creamer, chocolate dessert bar slices

These Chocolate Toffee Bars are a super simple dessert for any night of the week and they are delicious enough for a special occasion. They are guaranteed to be the hit of any desserts table.

Chocolate Toffee Bars slice on a white plate

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Chocolate Toffee Bars

Chocolate Toffee Bars are rich and delicious. A really simple dessert for holidays and family get togethers. A cookie crust topped with a gooey toffee layer and lots of chocolate! 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time32 minutes
Total Time42 minutes
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie bars, dessert bars, toffee bars
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 462kcal
Author: Milisa


For the Crust:

  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Filling:

  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup toffee bits
  • 1 12 oz package chocolate chips milk chocolate or semi sweet


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Beat 3/4 cup of butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually  add brown sugar, beating well.  Add egg yolk, beating well.
  • Add flour and salt, stirring just until blended.  Press dough into a lightly greased  13- x 9-inch pan.  
  • Bake for 20 minutes.  Set aside.
  • Combine sweetened condensed milk and 2 tablespoons butter in a medium-size heavy saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  •  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Pour over prepared crust.  
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.  
  • Remove from oven.  
  • Sprinkle warm bars with toffee bits and chocolate chips.  Gently press mixture into uncut bars.  
  • Let rest for about 10 minutes, when chocolate becomes soft, spread evenly over bars.
  •  Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.  Chill until chocolate is firm.  Let stand 5 minutes before cutting into bars. 


Adapted from Southern Living
Store cookie bars in an airtight container up to 4 days.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 181mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 48g

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