Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars

Brown Sugar Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars.. A ruch brown sugar shortbread, smothered with a sweetened condensed caramel sauce topped with milk chocolate and toffee bits. SO GOOD!!
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These Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars are a buttery brown sugar shortbread crust, filled with a sweetened condensed milk caramel and topped with milk chocolate and toffee bits! SO sweet and rich!

This is one of those recipes that has been around for ages, I think.

 

I found the base for this recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try…unfortunately the picture just kept leading me back to a million other sites and never a proper source.  Annoying.  So I slightly varied the recipe that the person reposted on the picture. Recipe police don’t arrest me.

 

Can we talk about all the food on Pinterest for a quick second allegedly being THE BEST… or MOST AMAZING…BEST EVER… LIKE CRACK..

Let’s end that trend, kay?

Because here’s why….

I got an email informing me that I should change the name of my Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies…because brownies are indeed NOT like crack.

Apparently I have misled a lot of people.

 

I truly hope none of you guys tried those brownies and were let down because you didn’t end up high at the end of a street corner.  I’m such a jerk. A giant crack liar.

Sorry bout that.

 

Anyhowwwww….

In this case “Best Ever” might apply.  Because these are the “Best Ever Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars” I’ve ever had.

They actually might be the only Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars I’ve ever had, soooo, there’s that….

Also, my pictures look NOTHING like the picture on Pinterest so I think I a) might have done something completely differently or b) the photo was not actually the finished product of the recipe.  Not sure.

 

The base is a brown sugar shortbread, the filling is a caramelized sweetened condensed milk and the topping is a mixture of milk chocolate and toffee.  It’s everything you could want all in one place.

LIKE CRACK! Wait…

Brown Sugar Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars.. A ruch brown sugar shortbread, smothered with a sweetened condensed caramel sauce topped with milk chocolate and toffee bits. SO GOOD!!

The steps are super easy.

Just make your crust…just brown sugar, butter and flour…

Brown Sugar Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars.. A ruch brown sugar shortbread, smothered with a sweetened condensed caramel sauce topped with milk chocolate and toffee bits. SO GOOD!!

Press it into a pan and bake it…

Brown Sugar Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars.. A ruch brown sugar shortbread, smothered with a sweetened condensed caramel sauce topped with milk chocolate and toffee bits. SO GOOD!!

Then melt some butter with sweetened condensed milk and pour that all over…

Brown Sugar Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars.. A ruch brown sugar shortbread, smothered with a sweetened condensed caramel sauce topped with milk chocolate and toffee bits. SO GOOD!!

Bake it until it’s brown and bubbly and caramelly…

Brown Sugar Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars.. A ruch brown sugar shortbread, smothered with a sweetened condensed caramel sauce topped with milk chocolate and toffee bits. SO GOOD!!

Grab some milk chocolate chips and toffee bits..Brown Sugar Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars.. A ruch brown sugar shortbread, smothered with a sweetened condensed caramel sauce topped with milk chocolate and toffee bits. SO GOOD!!Sprinkle milk chocolate chips all over the hot filling and pop back in the oven for 2 minutes until the chocolate is glossy and spreadable…

Brown Sugar Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars.. A ruch brown sugar shortbread, smothered with a sweetened condensed caramel sauce topped with milk chocolate and toffee bits. SO GOOD!!

Carefully spread it all over.  It’s ok if it’s not perfect.  You’re going to top all that with toffee.

Brown Sugar Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars.. A ruch brown sugar shortbread, smothered with a sweetened condensed caramel sauce topped with milk chocolate and toffee bits. SO GOOD!!

See?

Brown Sugar Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars.. A ruch brown sugar shortbread, smothered with a sweetened condensed caramel sauce topped with milk chocolate and toffee bits. SO GOOD!!

Let these guys cool COMPLETELY!  I actually let them sit overnight before I cut them. But you could easily pop them in the fridge to speed up the cooling process.  That’d be fine!

Brown Sugar Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars.. A ruch brown sugar shortbread, smothered with a sweetened condensed caramel sauce topped with milk chocolate and toffee bits. SO GOOD!!

And then die.

Brown Sugar Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars.. A ruch brown sugar shortbread, smothered with a sweetened condensed caramel sauce topped with milk chocolate and toffee bits. SO GOOD!!

Because they’re so good. Not because of the crack.

 

4.7 from 7 reviews
Shortbread Toffee Cookie Bars
 
makes 30 squares.
Ingredients
Shortbread Crust
  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1½ cups flour
Filling
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter
Topping
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1½ cups Toffee Bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray lightly with nonstick spray.
Shortbread Crust
  1. Beat butter and sugar together until combined, 1-2 minutes.
  2. Mix in flour. Mixture will be slightly dry. Press into prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
Filling
  1. In a small saucepan heat sweetened condensed milk and butter together until butter is smooth. Pour over shortbread crust. Bake 12-15 minutes until filling is bubbly and browned. It will almost take on a light caramel appearance. Remove from oven
Topping
  1. Immediately sprinkle milk chips on top of filling when it comes out of the oven. Place back in oven for 2 minutes until chips are shiny and soft.
  2. Carefully spread the chips over the filling with an off-set spatula.
  3. Sprinkle with toffee bits, pressing into milk chocolate.
  4. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.
Notes
You can lace these in the refrigerator to help speed up the cooling process.
I allowed mine to cool at room temperature, though, over night before I sliced and served.

 

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Jen @ Fresh From The...
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February 19, 2014 3:35 pm

Oh gosh, I love anything with toffee in it! I’m pretty sure I had a ridiculous wide-eyed crazed expression on my face when I saw these pop up on my feed. Um, yes please!

jennifurla
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February 19, 2014 4:04 pm

Love your step by step photos, and YUM!

Averie @ Averie Cooks
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February 19, 2014 4:39 pm

All those Heath bits make me SUPER excited! I love Heath bars, so much! These are perfect, Shelly! pinned

Cookbook Queen
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February 19, 2014 5:49 pm

Crack Liar. O. M. GGGGGGGGGGG.

I need these bars in my life 🙂

annie @ chase that i love
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February 19, 2014 6:01 pm

Toffee and shortbread: salty-sweet without actually being salty. Totally addicting. Do I have crumbs on my face and all down my shirt? YES.

Katriel
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February 19, 2014 6:39 pm

Looking at the picture of the melty chocolate chips, I can almost taste the chocolate chips and feel the gooey goodness on my fingers (since of course my hand would go right in there right away…)
These look awesome!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
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February 19, 2014 7:10 pm

lol, this post made me laugh so hard – I don’t do crack, and when it comes to addictions I’m willing to bet a cookie bar deserves it. And these?!?! LOVE!!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape
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February 19, 2014 7:19 pm

bahaha if anyone actually thinks they’ll get high off cookies, they have some serious problems. These look amazing!!!!

Michaela Freehling
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Michaela Freehling
February 19, 2014 9:03 pm

I made these almost as soon as I seen this post. I have been trying not to eat the whole pan. These are soooo amazing! You have not disappointed me yet!!! Thank you!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
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February 19, 2014 9:10 pm

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve wanted to name something “crack” but haven’t because I’m afraid of the recipe name police. These bars are indeed crack, well, mine at least. I’d eat until I was sick or they were gone. I daresay they’d be gone before the former…

Tieghan
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February 19, 2014 11:49 pm

I love that there is sweetened condensed milk poured over top. That right there just means these are are going to be over the top amazing!

Lauren @ Jesus and a Side of Peanut Butter
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Shelly– just came across your blog and I love it!

These look SO good! I love toffee, definitely one of my many sweet weaknesses!

Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes
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February 20, 2014 7:48 am

I don’t bake with heath bars nearly enough! I’m not a fan of the “crack” etc names for things on pinterest, but these are probably pretty close!

Amanda
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February 20, 2014 9:29 am

This does look like the best ever!

Karly
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February 20, 2014 9:38 am

Okay, fine. I’ll make these and I’ll eat them all.

Better With Sugar
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February 20, 2014 1:10 pm

LOL your posts are hilarious. These bars look awesome, I can’t wait to make them.
And wait, your Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies aren’t supposed to have crack in them? Oh no, I’ve been making them wrong this whole time! bahahahaha kidding!

Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family
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February 20, 2014 2:10 pm

These look amazing…and I don’t mind at all that you refer to something as crack. I think cookie bars in general are something I would consider my crack since for obvious reasons I avoid the real stuff 😉

Mercedes
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February 20, 2014 2:18 pm

What a simple yet irresistibly delicious recipe! I will definitely be pinning these to make soon!

Shannon
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Shannon
February 20, 2014 2:25 pm

Can’t wait to try these, they look amazing, and have everything in them I love most in the world:)

Also, love your post, you’re hilarious!

Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
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February 20, 2014 2:59 pm

Just wanted to let you know – looking at these and not getting to taste them is just torture!

Ala
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February 21, 2014 2:52 am

It’s so funny you mentioned the crack episode, I found a bunch of click-backs to my blog from another blog where the writer was ranting about the exact same issue–crack food is NOT crack! It was actually pretty interesting interacting with her afterwards; I left a comment and she responded politely, but she had definitely been very ranty about comparing food to a real drug addiction. Whatever, I’m keeping my could-be-crack snack mix as is because it’s c**** in my book! And I’m loving these bars, they look just as delicious. Pinned!

Shiran @Pretty. Simple. Sweet.
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February 21, 2014 3:06 am

I love reading your posts as much as I love the recipes, but this one made me laugh so hard! And caramel, chocolate and brown butter? That’s just too much!

Heather
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Heather
February 22, 2014 9:12 am

I made these and took them into work. I sealed my place as the dessert queen!! Thank you!

bridget {bake at 350}
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February 22, 2014 6:56 pm

BEST EVER!!!!!! 😉 Haha…totally cracking up. Can we add “the ORIGINAL” blah blah recipe to the list to banned phrases, please? 😉

PS…these DO look like the best ever.

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
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March 5, 2014 1:42 pm

“I truly hope none of you guys tried those brownies and were let down because you didn’t end up high at the end of a street corner. I’m such a jerk. A giant crack liar.” <– YOU LIAR!!
brown sugar shortbread sounds heavenly!

Lynna
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March 6, 2014 1:08 am

Ugh, I should not be catching up on your blog at night. It makes me drool. I need this!!! I`m loving everything about these bars!

Kerry
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Kerry
March 13, 2014 10:10 am

I have these in the oven right now. It’s the second time I’ve made them. They are amazing!!! The entire batch was gone in one afternoon. Everyone loved them! Thanks for a great recipe!

Lauren K.
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Lauren K.
March 16, 2014 11:56 am

I made these for my boyfriend to take to work and they were suchhh a hit! It was the first time he’s ever NOT had leftovers from one of my treats. They are amazing! My condensed milk and butter concoction didn’t turn as firm as I thought it would, even though I let it bake even longer than the recipe called for but I still loved them. Thank you for this awesome recipe!

Sarah Gale
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Sarah Gale
July 6, 2014 12:35 pm

I made these last night and they are heavenly. Instead of heath bits I made a batch of toffee — equal parts sugar and butter simmered to 300 degrees — and smashed them up in a baggie. It added 30 minutes to the project but it saved a trip to the store!

If crack tasted like these toffee bars, I would totally do crack.

Jeannine
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Jeannine
July 7, 2014 9:01 am

Made these this weekend and everyone LOVED them! They are a combination of everything delicious- shortbread, chocolate, toffee, caramel-ly goodness. Amazing!!

Cat Colbert
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Cat Colbert
July 7, 2014 9:39 am

That recipe looks so yummy. I bet it would be even better with some rice crispier in it. What do you think? I want to try it but have never used rice crispier in anything. Do you know at what stage I would add them in to keep them crunchy?

Kevin | keviniscooking
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July 28, 2014 4:22 pm

Shelly, you are pretty darned funny. I loved your intro regarding the disappointed or crack challenged folks…. too funny. This looks simply amazing! Toffee and Shortbread – I am so there, thanks!

TheShoeGirl
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July 29, 2014 7:47 pm

They’re in the oven now… EEEP!

Shelley
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Shelley
August 18, 2014 5:32 pm

These look interesting. I’m not the best with bars of any kind but I found the recipe pretty easy to follow. Now if I can just survive the cool down part so I can sample ’em. I’ll let ya know when I do!

Susan
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Susan
October 14, 2014 12:19 am

Guess I’ll stop shopping for a brownie pipe….. I really enjoy your writing. 🙂

Madelyn
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Madelyn
November 10, 2014 11:13 am

Omg. Less talking please. Ridiculous.

LK
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LK
May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

Rude.

Trista
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December 21, 2014 7:57 pm
I just made these tonight to meet a pregnancy craving (6 months pregnant with my first). I love toffee, I love chocolate and who doesn’t love shortbread?!?!? I think I might double the caramel (condensed milk) next time and try melting the toffee bits and caramelize them on the top? Texturally I didn’t like the toffee on these (and it was a consensus with my mother in law and sister in law… not just me being weird pregnant). Overall, taste was great and I think this is a good base cookie bar recipe that had easy clean up as well.… Read more »
Melissa
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Melissa
December 24, 2014 6:50 pm

Hi! I just discovered your blog earlier in the week. So far I have tried your Cream-cheese sugar cookies, the soft sugar cookies, and I am doing this recipe today. I just realized this recipe calls for milk chocolate, which I do not have in my cupboard at the moment. As there is no way I am going back to the grocery store on Christmas Eve, I will just have to use semi-sweet chips now, and then make the recipe again with milk chocolate after Christmas. Oh, darn 🙂

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Dee
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Dee
June 3, 2015 5:18 pm

I have made these toffee bars about 3 times now – everyone loves them – home, work, friends. The only thing I have noticed is that the whole perimeter gets very hard, too hard to eat, so I cut the ends off and then they are perfect. Great recipe.

Cathi
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Cathi
June 19, 2015 6:28 am

not a fan of milk chocolate so I will use semi-sweet chips when I DO make these. But I just want all my Canadian friends know that a Heath bar, which is very hard to find in Canada, is the same thing as a Skor bar, and I have several Skor bar recipes!!

Katy | Her Cup of Joy
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June 26, 2015 10:15 am

Wow how perfect do these look! I can imagine them with white chocolate chips on top, or peanut butter chips!

dana
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dana
June 27, 2015 9:48 am

These look amazing! Thinking about altering them a bit, with some cocoa powder mixed in with the flour in the crust, and a layer of pretzels on top of the crust, before pouring the sweetened condensed milk on.

Maria T.
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Maria T.
June 27, 2015 8:14 pm

OMG, super duper awsome. Love love love these and super easy to make.

Wendy
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Wendy
June 28, 2015 9:05 am

These should be renamed Revenge Bars as they are best served cold! Cooled at room temp I give them a respectable 3.5 stars but they zoom to a solid 5 once thoroughly chilled overnight.

Randie tovar
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Randie tovar
July 1, 2015 7:04 pm

When I read this I had to try to make them they where so good cheap to make and my family love them 🙂

Michelle Guier
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Michelle Guier
July 3, 2015 10:55 pm

What if you don’t have toffee?

Susan
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Susan
July 4, 2015 10:06 pm

This was without a doubt the best recipe I’ve ever made. I added a 1/2 cup of creamy peanutbutter to the milk on the stove. We can’t stop eating it…..thanks so much.

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