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Chocolate Toffee Bars

Side view of chocolate toffee bars stacked

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.

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Chocolate Toffee Bars

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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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56 comments on “Chocolate Toffee Bars”

  1. 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!

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 🙂

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