Chocolate Toffee Bars

So, my husband and I are smack dab in the middle of a stand-off.

Any of you married people out there know what I am talking about.

I want something done…he doesn’t want to do it and we are currently ignoring the issue.



You wanna know what he and I are “not talking” about?

Wait for it…


Yep.  Wires.

More specifically the wires hanging from my fancy new television.

You see, back in May we said goodbye to our dinosaur of a TV and went for a big shiny new  model with all the bells and whistles.

I figure the amount of time I spend after the kids go to sleep watching my Real Housewives I needed to be able to judge them completely and accurately, because with HD you see it all!

Anyway, we got this brand new TV and within 15 minutes of it’s delivery my husband had it mounted on the wall, hooked up to the satellite and working perfectly.

All except for the wires hanging down from the back of the television into their respective plugs.  We had a quick little chat about how they needed to get gone.  Not visible.  Hasta Luego wires.

He said, “Yes, absolutely.”  It’ll happen, just not today.

Being the “super easy wife” that I am, I completely understood.  (Ok, not really, but I let it go for a few days).

That was May.

It is now September.


I feel like I live on an episode of Cribs, except I am not a one-hit wonder Gansta Rapper with a poster of Scarface on my wall, a refrigerator full of Vitamin Water or an Xbox in my living room.

You see, if I had all those things, the wires would make sense…they’d fit it.  But I am not.  I tried rapping once at a Karaoke party.  It wasn’t cute.

I have pleasantly and not so pleasantly asked for those wretched wires to get out of my life…on pretty much a daily basis.  (In other words I have relentlessly nagged).  Yet they still hang mocking me everyday.

So here I am, guns blazing, wires hanging…AND my husband doesn’t seem phased.  He’s not deterred at all by my slamming cabinets or loud sighing.

Actually at this very moment he is in the living room on his ipad watching that damn Honey Badger video on YouTube.  Laughing.

I hate you wires.


So since I cannot mind-control my husband.  I will try and mind control you…

Makethesebars.  Makethesebars.  Makethesebars.

I don’t demand you do something very often, but this is almost as urgent and necessary as the wire situation.  Please.  MAKETHESEBARS!!

They are delicious and you will love me forever.

Convinced?  The title I gave them doesn’t do them justice…let’s do a run-down of the ingredients: Chocolate chips, Peanut Butter Chips, Toffee Bits, shortbread, sweetened condensed milk, butter, butter AND butter.

Chocolate Toffee Bars.


There are a few steps to these, so I won’t fool that they are the simplest to make..but they aren’t hard I promise..and it’s worth it.

First you have to make your crust.  You’ll need some Toffee Bits…

And some melted butter.

AND some crushed shortbread.

Mix those all up and press into your pan.  Bake up that yumminess for 10 minutes.

Now your gonna need to make some chocolate/toffee cookie dough for your top layer.  A whole batch of cookie dough.  Set it aside for later.

Then melt your Semi-Sweet chips, Peanut Butter chips, a little butter and Sweetened Condensed Milk together to make the most delicious filling you’ve ever tried.

Spread that on top of your buttery crust.

And finally drop the cookie dough you made all over top.

Bake it and…here’s the hard part…let it cool completely.  At LEAST 2 hours.  It needs to set.

Then you can cut it into squares and eat the whole pan.  Because you will.


Chocolate Toffee Bars


makes 30 bars



  • 1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 1/2 cups shortbread cookie crumbs (I used Lorna Doone)
  • 3/4 cup Toffee Bits (Bits O’ Brickle)

Middle layer:

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Top layer:

  • 2 sticks room temp butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup Toffee Bits
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°

Prepare Crust ~

  1. Melt 1/2 cup butter and pour into a 9×13 baking dish. Add you crushed shortbread cookies and 3/4 cup of Toffee Bits.
  2. Stir to combine and press evenly into pan.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes until just starting to golden up.

While the crust is baking prepare your top layer ~

  1. Cream butter and sugars together until smooth. On medium add in your eggs and vanilla. Turn mixer to low and add in your dry ingredients (baking soda, salt and flour) stirring until just combined. Now add in your toffee chips and chocolate chips.
  2. Set this aside.
  3. When you crust is done remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack while you prepare the filling.

For middle layer ~

  1. In a medium saucepan melt your peanut butter chips, semi sweet chips, butter and sweetened condensed milk over low stirring frequently until completely melted.
  2. Pour middle fudge layer over the crust and spread evenly to coat. Then drop by spoonfuls the cookie dough topping evenly over the fudge layer.
  3. Bake 25 minutes until topping is set.
  4. Let cool completely before cutting.


Store up to 3 days in an airtight container


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Jessica @ How Sweet



if you can’t mind control your husband how ’bout mine??? I have the same wire issue. maybe i will try and bribe him with these bars if your mind control doesn’t work on him.


Couldn’t you just use a prepared cookie dough for the top?

Amy | She Wears Many Hats

I have an idea. Why don’t you hang your bras and panties on the wires and see how quickly they get hidden?


Yeah, I have about a million projects that I try to hint to my husband to get done, but many of them I’m still waiting for! These look SOOOO good. Wish I had everything right now, and they’d be in the oven!


You just blew my mind. All that Heath… and that chocolate. I think my heart skipped a beat. 🙂

I don’t always comment but I have to today. 🙂 I love your blog, love your recipes… in fact this one might be my all time favorite, my mom made something similar growing up. Total comfort treat for me! My husband and I when we bought our new house decided that our TV had to be mounted on the wall too, he was determined to hide all signs of any wires. So…. WEEKS after the project began (I wish I had pictures of the process) it looks amazing but it was a MESS, and a lot of work. He had… Read more »
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

ROFL – I think Amy’s on to something with her bra and panty suggestion 😀 too!


Yum! Make these bars. Eat them in front of him and don’t let him have any until the wires are fixed. Or do what I do. I stop doing his laundry and packing his lunches. He usually take s the hint when he gets sick of ironing his own clothes. lol


WOW….you iron?


I totally rap at karaoke all the time…and it’s never cute. but for some reason I keep doing it anyway…

let’s add this to the never-ending list of reasons why Joanne doesn’t meet guys at bars.

Speaking of bars…I TOTALLY need these in my life!

Heather @ Curly Girl Kitchen

You had me laughing out loud as I read this one! I feel your pain on wanting to get something done and not getting the cooperation you need…. 🙂

I am bookmarking these AND e-mailing them to myself right now. Love, Love, LOVE chocolate and toffee!!!


Wow – another winner! I absolutely love toffee and chocolate so I will be making these ASAP!

Jenni H

Love your blog! I’ve never commented but I had to on this one because my husband and I have – scratch that – HAD this argument and I finally fixed it myself. All you need is this… and the extra paint from your living room walls most have sitting around.

Can’t wait to make these bars. I’m a bar freak, my fav of yours is by far the Salted Caramel Bar 🙂

Thanks for always making my day sweeter!

Cookbook Queen

Hangey wires do not make me happy.

Nor do unhung pictures, which has been our current dispute here.

I tell him, I am not a nag. HE MAKES ME THAT WAY!!!!


Oh man the wires bother me too!! Don’t worry you will win in the end 😉

The bars look delicious. If I made those.. I’d probably never leave the house lol


Just hire someone to come in and handle your wire problem, then make sure your husband sees the bill for it. The next items on the Honey Do List won’t be long getting crossed off, guaranteed! (Just ask my brother-in-law LOL)

By the way, the bars look delicious and I’d keep them at arms reach from your husband till the wires are out of your reach.


Fix the wires yourself. Take a twisty-tie or a ziptie, and wad them up behind the tv. Or use some clear packing tape. He’ll come home, be seriously annoyed at how much you don’t know how to fix things, and he’ll do it right there on the spot.

Nothing drives a husband more crazy than his wife who “tries to fix things.” Works for me. ;^)


Oh, and YUM. Seriously. YUM!


The bars look great.


If I new how to post a picture to this post I would show you my wires. One year…yes ONE YEAR I’ve been waiting for them to be moved. I wish you the best. These bars look amazing and believe me if I had all of the ingredients I would be baking them. Adding them to my to do list this week. Thanks for sharing.


That is TOO funny! The chocolate toffee bars look amazing….I wish the wires looked amazing, too. Since they don’t – good luck getting rid of them, I feel your pain!

Karriann Graf

These look like the perfect treat. Happy Baking!


This is definitely an universal war issue between men and women.

My advice? Tell him that you’re getting it done with or without him and will be hiring a handyman to do it this week! That might make him want to do it himself and save that cost!

J Lovinger

Yes, I asked for wires to be covered also. That was probably about two years ago. I suggested he make a boxed shape shelf, that would be covered in the back. The shelf part would store DVD’s. Still waiting!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

OMG, I would also want that wire gone! I WILL be making these bars asap!

bridget {bake at 350}

Oh my…those look delicious!

We have speaker issues at our house. As in, the speakers for the TV. I don’t want to see them. And there they are. Maybe if your husband can hide the wires, mine can hide the speakers.


Let me know if you figure out the mind control thing. There are a few things around the house my husband needs to get to as well.

The bars look AMAZING.


We had the same issue for a few weeks, but luckily my husband couldn’t stand to see the wires, he fixed it quickly. These bars look so yummy!


These bars look fantastic. Oh – and I pinned something really cute on Pinterest they other day – as a way to disguise wires. I’ll see if I can find it for you!


I totally get the stand-off situation, have a couple of my own at home. My husband has also watched that damn honey bear video too many times and finds it funnier each and every time. Good news is I’m totally going to make these bars, you convinced me.


Now that I’ve seen that Heath bar, you can bet I’m going to make these bars! Oh my. Delicious!

Erin @ Making Memories

These look so good! I wish I had one (or 4) of them right now!!!

Heather Tucker

Love the recipe! Soooo, did you know… in the time it took you to make those bars, or put this post together, you could’ve handled the wires yourself? Seriously, I’ve done it myself and YOU CAN TOO! Do it yourself and save the slamming doors and sighing for bigger things. Lol Oh and if you need tips on handling those wires, let me know. 🙂


Toffee always grabs my attention! Love these bars!

Elizabeth L in Apex, NC
Elizabeth L in Apex, NC

These look delicious! Looks like lots of folks gave you ideas for doing it yourself – rock! However, just in case you need One More Tip…

My friend used to set a reasonable date in the future (which would depend on the complexity of the task and his out of town trips) by which he had to finish, or she would pay someone. Sometimes he got it done, sometimes not (sorry it’s not 100%) BUT it did take the argument out of the equation.

Robyn | Add a Pinch

I bet he’ll do anything for you for some of these! 🙂


This is about the time I resort to crying and whaling about how he doesn’t love me because those wires are TORTURING me. It’s PAINFUL to see the wires and WHY is he doing this to me?! So obviously you are much more patient and sweeter wife than I. 😀 And I am making these this week and maybe sharing. Thanks for the recipe!


You have made me laugh..and that’s a good thing. Husbands, wires, life, food….it’s all worth the effort 🙂

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

I cannot stop thinking about these. MustmakethemNOW. Thanks for the recipe!


Just tell your husband you’ve called someone to come fix the problem. That always gets my husband off the couch and onto whatever I’ve been nagging him to do. 🙂
Oh, and these look DELISH!

Veronica M.
I hear you about the wires. We got our flat screen TV right before Christmas 2009. Yes my husband’s Christmas gift to himself. The TV guys placed it on the wall and tucked all the wires in. It was like this for about a week and then my husband decides we need to get an upgrade to an HD DVR So the dish guy comes and has to take all the wires out and do his thing. And no he did not hide them away when he was finished. I have asked several times when he is going to put… Read more »

I have a friend who hung a tv on the wall in her bedroom, and to hide the wires she put a curtain behind the tv and let the wires hang down behind the curtain…and then the tv looked like a little window. I thought it was a super cute idea!


the simple truth is that any time i’m in the check-out line at the grocery store and a heath bar catches my eye, i buy it. it’s an addiction, and i’d definitely be appeased in any argument with these bars.

Mary Kate
Your jedi mind tricks worked I made the bars… But a little background info, I just moved to Mississippi for a 2 year teaching program I am doing (kind of like Teach for America but for Catholic schools). Teaching is hard, being in the south in hard (I’m from Chicago), and making a small stipend is also hard, so its been a bit of a struggle the last month or so. (This is where you come in) BUT, I absolutely LOVE your blog and due to stress and bad teacher habits (using treats as incentives for students) I have been… Read more »

I love your style great pictures recipes and your really have a way with words, I feel ya! thanks for sharing and I sure hope those wires get resolved…we still have our Christmas from last year, in the garage! I told my husband we’ll just use it again this Christmas! ha!


These look delicious, but for a recipe with homemade, creamy toffee:


Oh my! I made these recently for a dessert contest at my hubby’s work, and I won 2nd place!!! They were oh so rich, but oh soooooo gooooood! I had a little problem with the bottom layer, it was way too “wet” so I had to double the amount of cookie crumbs, but otherwise these are worth the time …. YUM


why don’t you get a big pair of scissors and cut those wires off ! Pull the plug first !