Brown Sugar Toffee Bars


Our kitchen remodel is nearly complete and my husband and I are still married, which is sort of a miracle.


I have told him 40 hundred times that he’s doing things incorrectly…and he has told me 40 hundred and ONE times that I have no experience in hanging cabinets so my pie-hole should stay shutty.


I have repeated the phrase, “I cannot wait until the crown molding is up” at least 7 times a day since the project has started, just so he doesn’t forget to put the crown molding up…

And he has repeated the phrase, “pie-hole shutty” every. single. time.

Ok, he has never said pie-hole shutty…but that’s basically what I can hear his eyes saying when he looks at me.

Also, my husband would never say shutty.  Or pie-hole.


Anyway…I am starting to learn that when I repeat things over and over and over, for example, “can’t wait until the crown molding is up”, that is called “nagging”.

Which I like to refer to as “helpful reminders”.


We will never see eye to eye on that one.

And APPARENTLY husbands don’t like, “helpful reminders” when it comes to home improvement projects.  Or ever, really.


So yeah, we’re still married.

But the crown molding isn’t up yet.


I’ll let you know.


In the meantime let’s do something major with brown sugar and toffee.

Brown Sugar Toffee Bars.


These bars are totally simple, but they have flavors that are in-your-face delicious.

Chewy, rich and buttery.  They are perfect and cozy.

I love dark brown sugar, and that’s what I used.  If you don’t love it, you can certainly sub in light brown sugar.


And besides all the other usual suspects (eggs, butter, vanilla etc) you will need Toffee Bits.  I used the kind that are covered in milk chocolate, but you don’t have to.  Totally up to you!


Just mix up a quick batter and add your toffee…


See me there in the mixer bowl?

Yeah, I still wear black capri yoga pants.  I can’t quit them.


Here’s what your bars will look like…

Can you even…?  I mean…


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Brown Sugar Toffee Bars
makes approx 30 bars
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 (8 oz) bag of Toffee Bits (I used the Milk Chocolate coated "Heath" Toffee bits)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  3. With your stand mixer, cream butter and brown sugar together, about 2 minutes on medium speed until combined and fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla and continue mixing until incorporated.
  4. Turn mixer to low and add in baking soda, salt and flour, Mixing until just incorporated.
  5. Pour in your toffee bits and stir until evenly combined.
  6. Spread batter in prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and center is just set.
  7. Cool pan on wire rack and cut into squares when ready to serve.
You can use plain toffee bits or Milk Chocolate coated toffee bits in this recipe.
Also, baking times vary, don't over bake.


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October 7, 2012 6:00 pm

Ugh, it’s definitely not nagging. We can’t help it if the men in our lives (albeit sweet, sweet men) forget things like crown molding in your case, or getting a haircut for mine. I mean, we’re only looking out for their best interest (and okay, our own sanity), but still–how can we be blamed for that?!

PS, these bars look phenom. Definitely need one for all of our helpful reminders.

October 9, 2012 4:07 am

Ahhh yes, nagging. The last time we had a renovation project going on (our living room), I took our two kids and flew to visit my parents. Otherwise…not so sure our marriage would have survived lol These look fabulous and cannot wait to try out the recipe!

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
October 7, 2012 6:09 pm

Looks delish! I LOVE dark brown sugar. And congrats on still being married though all of this 🙂

Christina @ Oven Adventures
Christina @ Oven Adventures
October 7, 2012 6:28 pm

Mmmm I just bought dark brown sugar and now I know how to stuff my pie hole with it. Y-u-m

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
October 7, 2012 6:47 pm

These just look plain delicious! Yum!

October 7, 2012 6:55 pm

We survived our kitchen remodel too. Some days were questionable, but we did it:) LOVE these bars!

luv what you do
October 7, 2012 7:10 pm

I don’t know if I”d have any bars to make because I would be licking all the dough off of the mixer blade. I LOVE toffee!

Averie @ Averie Cooks
October 7, 2012 7:10 pm

I make my blondies with the same ratios pretty much as you made these but I use light brown sugar. Now I have to try dark brown. And with toffee bits. I Love Heath Bars! My fave candy bar as a kid was a Heath Bar (or PB cups:))

chica chocolatina
October 7, 2012 8:04 pm

Ohh I love brown sugar dark or light and these look simply decadent! I see Shoprite products, you must be an east coast girl!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
October 7, 2012 10:11 pm

Um, repeating something to our husbands is necessary. Or NOTHING would get done. I mean, I spent an hour just this morning talking to my husband about how much I want a keurig. Tonight we’re talking about Christmas ideas and he COULDN’T REMEMBER the Keurig. So, um, you’re totally right to remind him 700 times. 🙂

Aya B.
October 8, 2012 1:46 am

Looks like someone is going to make amazing brownies this weekend
Can’t get enough from the different creativities done over brownies 🙂

October 8, 2012 2:00 am

I love baking with those toffee bits!

October 8, 2012 7:12 am

I just made your AppleToffee Blondies wih the Brown Sugar Frosting and they were to die for! We nicknamed them Autumn in a Pan!! Can’t wait to try these ones. Love your blog!

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
October 8, 2012 8:59 am

I’ve been thinking about these babies since I first saw them last night. YUM! And yes, I totally get the whole remodel situation. We remodeled when we were first married and then built three houses since then together. It makes you closer, let’s just say.

Cookbook Queen
October 8, 2012 9:46 am

I am all too familiar with commands disguised as thinking out loud. It’s basically how I get everything done around here.

Love cozy bars!!

October 8, 2012 9:58 am

Mmmm, love everything about these bars ~ especially that toffee!

Irene Winston
October 8, 2012 10:20 am

I am gonna make those brownies this coming weekend. They look yum!!

October 8, 2012 10:59 am

I love toffeeeee! These look amazing.

And about the kitchen remodel…hope it’s done soon!! I’m the same with the hubby…oops!

Ari @ Ari
October 8, 2012 11:00 am

Funny, my husband has the same reaction to my “helpful reminders” 😉 Those bars look so gooey and delicious!

Jen @ Jen
October 8, 2012 11:31 am

My life was so happy the day I discovered dark brown sugar. This, with toffee chips is basically irresistible!!

October 8, 2012 11:41 am

I prefer to think of it as helpful reminders instead of nagging…hey, whatever helps them remember to do what we want right? I usually use light brown sugar, but I will definitely try the dark next time. The bars look uber fantastic!!! Love me some toffee bits!!!

Carlas Confections
October 8, 2012 2:08 pm

Oh those toffee bits just look so perfect! These bars look to die for. SO great! <3

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
October 8, 2012 2:19 pm

Yay I have all the ingredients to make this! Can’t wait to taste the deliciousness 🙂

October 8, 2012 2:31 pm

After 6 major remodels on various homes….I know. Sigh.

Julie @ Table for Two
October 8, 2012 2:57 pm

i’m obsessed with anything that has toffee bits in them – these look so gooey and to die for!

October 8, 2012 3:08 pm

Nagging? I didn’t realize that was a word in the English language. Helpful reminders definitely sound more like it. I bet you could bribe him into finishing it sooner with some of these bars. At least…that would work with me.

October 8, 2012 3:32 pm

My husband, bless him, doesn’t really care for chocolate. I have a feeling he’ll love these. And I will, too.

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings
October 8, 2012 4:48 pm

You’ll make it through the remodel– in the meantime, eat more of these!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Pretty sure I can’t live without these in my life. They will be made soon. I love anything with lots of brown sugar, and then toffee? Dang!

October 8, 2012 6:04 pm

These look divine!!!!!!!!!!!!! YUM!

October 8, 2012 6:34 pm

Thank goodness you still wear yoga pants! I feel so much better about my style choices! These need to happen in my life soon.

October 8, 2012 7:52 pm

these look soooo yummy!! omg! I would eat the batter!!! Will have to try these out.
Thanks so much for sharing your recipe:)

October 9, 2012 12:12 am

I love everything about these!!

Sarah B.
October 9, 2012 10:07 am

These look fabulous!! I just pinned them and saved them to my recipe box. I think I shall make them for a family get together this weekend!

Charul @ Tadka Masala
October 9, 2012 12:52 pm

I could literally grab them from inside the screen. They look absolutely yum!

October 9, 2012 4:52 pm

I have a batch in the oven! Can’t wait to try them!!!

Erika - The Teenage Taste
October 9, 2012 10:02 pm

Anything with those toffee heath bits and I’m hooked. These look delish – bookmarking!
Hope the remodel is done soon!

Marie M.C.
Marie M.C.
October 10, 2012 12:32 pm

I hope you’ll give us a tour of your completed kitchen. With the crown molding. Love Heath Bar! Love, love, love it. Have you tried Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch ice cream yet? OMG! Best ice cream EVER!!

tracy {pale yellow}
October 10, 2012 6:50 pm

These look so yummy! Any excuse to use Heath Bits!

Amy Bickmore
October 12, 2012 10:35 am

My mom’s tip for getting things done without nagging…

Start doing it yourself..WITH THE WRONG TOOLS!

To hang a picture (that she has “reminded” my dad about a zillion times), she gets out a screwdriver and the saw and says “this is all I should need to hang that picture, right?”

Instantly, my dad is out of the chair getting the correct tools and VOILA!! Picture hung!

I could probably tempt my husband to do anything with those bars though!

October 12, 2012 4:18 pm

I love this recipe!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
October 14, 2012 11:19 am

oh my Fabulous!!

October 20, 2012 3:16 pm

So the apple toffee blondies are yum! Tomorrow, i’m making these. Can i use toothpick test to check doneness? Thanks!

October 22, 2012 1:49 am

I had a wise friend that would tell her husband, “It’s okay, I’ll take care of it. I know you’re busy.” Seriously puts the fear in ’em. And the next thing ya know… task is finished.

Beth @ Good to be the Cook
October 25, 2012 2:22 pm

Um whatttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt?!?!?! These look like heaven.

November 4, 2012 9:48 am

These are soooo delicious! Used light brown sugar instead and I love them. Mine required quite a bit more baking time, but definitely worth the wait. Thanks for increasing my waistline, a little bit all the time, with your fantastic recipes!

Laura Dembowski
January 11, 2013 3:59 pm

It would be such a nightmare to have the kitchen redone, as much as I would love to do it. These bars look great 🙂

Miss Overballe
January 13, 2013 10:02 am

I made these with white chocolate instead of toffee thursday – and my friend ate roughly half of them all by herself… oh, and sprinkling with raw liquorice powder before baking? good idea… 🙂 would you mind if I posted the recipe in metric scales on my blog? All credit to you of course 🙂

March 31, 2013 7:34 am

Can you substitute other candy bars (like milky ways) for the toffee bits, or do you think those would melt too much?