Friday, May 29, 2015

Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars

Aloha Friends!

Are you fully committed to summer?    Do you have a summer bucket list? {I do, right here}
I've taken two trips off island in the past month, both equally short and sweet.    I went to Monterey, California for a family reunion and then spent a weekend under the laziness cloud (and in a hammock) on the island of Kaua'i.  

Hammock view - for reals

My neighbors, who live in Australia in the winter, arrived back in Maui and hosted a big BBQ a few weeks ago.    Bringing dessert is what I do.....and making these toffee bars is what I did.   They were a hit with the BBQ crew.

What You Need

2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine
1 egg
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts, I used half macadamia nuts and half walnuts
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 (8oz) bag Heath Bits O Brickle toffee bits, divided

What You Do

Line a 13x9 inch pan with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour and sugar in a large bowl.   Cut in butter using two knives (or a pastry cutter, if you have one handy) until crumbly.  Add egg and mix well.  

Combine the chocolate chips and nuts together.   Reserve a heaping half cup of the mixture for later, and add the rest to the crumb mixture.  

Press crumb mixture into the bottom of the pan.   Bake for 10 minutes.  

Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the hot crust.    Reserving a 1/4 cup of the toffee bits for later, sprinkle the rest over the milk layer.     Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over the top and then add the remainder of the chocolate chip and nut mixture.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.   Remove from oven and add remaining 1/4 cup of toffee bits on top.   Cool completely before cutting into bars.    These are rich, so you can cut them small.

Recipe source:  Hershey's 

    What did you take the last time you went to a BBQ or picnic?  

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