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…



Brown Sugar Toffee Bars


makes approx 30 bars


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 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 9×13 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.


58 Responses

  1. 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.

    1. KaraW

      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!

  2. 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:))

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. Meredith

    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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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.

  8. Sweetsugarbelle

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

  9. Marie M.C.

    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!!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. Sharon

    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!

  13. 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 🙂

  14. Rebecca Ednie

    I only had Skor bits (no chocolate) so I added semi and milk chocolate chips. And just because I like em, I also added 3/4 pack of chopped mini Reese’s cups. I was low on regular flour so I substituted 1 c regular white flour, 3/4 c ww flour and 3/4 c cake flour. Turned out amazing. I’ll definitely make these again and I may even do the flour substitution again.

  15. Mary-Anne

    You’re killing me!
    Pie hole shutty.
    OMG, I am laughing RIGHT OUT LOUD!
    Between that and you talking about your reflection in the mixer bowl I never even LOOKED at the recipe!
    Aaaahhhhh…I needed that!
    (Off to laugh some more! And maybe get a recipe or two…..!!)
    ON, Canada

  16. Funny. I was making your cake mix toffee bars as my husband gave me that same look when I made a very polite suggestion. I do believe I am not allowed into my husband’s thought processes unless it is his idea. And that is usually food and other stuff. So I made toffee bars…and that cake mix fudge the lady who commented on your toffee bars suggested. 🙂 We are having sugar for dinner. and soup.

  17. D.

    Ugh..i made these tonight. Baked them an extra 10 minutes.

    Toothpick in center was clean…sides n top very nicely browned. No jiggling.

    Let them cool, almost to room temp, cut some….goopy and runny enough to use a spoon and looked nearly raw. 🙁

    Im beyond disappointed. They TASTE wonderful. The recipe even says to NOT overbake.

    Wasted my money on expensive toffee bits and dark sugar i cant even eat what i baked.

    This is the second timebive tried a wonderful looking and sounding recipe from a blogger with only comments of “look good” and ” gonna try”, but none have actually baked the recipe.

    Dont think ill do that anymore.

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