Toffee Bars

My mom made these bars when I was a child, and she still does, so they bring back a lot of memories for me. This recipe is my own variation[ that I developed in recent years; I love the colors of the cranberries and white chocolate — they're very festive. But sometimes I make them just like Mom with milk chocolate and walnuts. Most of the time I forget to add the salt, and I find it doesn't make any difference — they always taste delicious and are always a hit!]

Total Time:
1 hr
20 min
15 min
25 min



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a mixer, beat the butter, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla. Gradually mix in flour, then salt, and continue beating until well blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Transfer batter to a 9 by 13-inch pan, and flatten out with a rubber spatula.

Bake until slightly browned, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately place squares of white chocolate on top, gently spreading with an off-set spatula or dull knife as they melt. Sprinkle with nuts and cranberries. Allow to set, about 15 minutes, and then cut into squares.

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    This is my favorite cookie at our annual Christmas cookie exchange... I've never made them, but I look forward to them every year from my friend, Jeannine-- and this year she gave me the recipe! I love her! I love these cookies! I am going to make them for July 4 because they are red and white... and DELICIOUS!
    I'm not sure why these are called toffee bars if they contain NO toffee?! I made these for the cookie tins I will be handing out this year to family. I let it cool for a little bit and then tried a slice... The flavor is actually kind of bland, definitely not what I expected, it needs more flavor.. maybe some candied orange peel will take it to the next level. Not enough flavor for me... I'd try another recipe.
    Years ago my mother made these every holiday. She lost the recipe and could never duplicate it. We've been searching and trying different recipes for years. THANK YOU! This is the one we've been missing!
    i used milk chocolate and i didn't use nuts (didn't have any in the house) and it turned out really well. will definitely make again.
    Very easy to make... very pretty with the cranberries and white chocolate... and they were a hit with the family at Christmas. I'll be making these every year now!
    I made these toffee bars as part of several different recipes I made for cookie tins to add to gift baskets this year and they went over VERY well. I used milk chocolate instead of white and they were unbelievably good! They were just "fancy" enough to satisfy my friends/family with decadent tastes, yet not over-the-top as to gross-out my friends and family members with plain taste. Highly recommend!
    This recipe is very quick and simple to make. I liked that it was a little unusual - using the cranberries and white chocolate. However, I found the taste fairly ho-hum. They do not taste like toffee to me at all. Basically a cookie base with the white chocolate, cranberries and nuts. Not too bad, but not exceptional either.
    I tried Mark's cranberry, white chocolate, toffee bars in 2003 after seeing him make this easy recipe on Sara Moulton's Holiday Cookie Extravaganza. They were a big hit! I added it to my Christmas baking list again this year. Both years I have made them without nuts and they're fabulous! A big thanks to Mark and his Mom! Happy Holidays!
    I have to admit I was skeptical, but these are better than Starbucks' cranberry bliss bars. We made ours with pecans, which I recommend.
    This recipe is unbelieveably quick to make and really delicious. I was impressed at the ease and speed of this recipe. From start to finish 30 minutes.
    The taste was incredible. I will be making this recipe again, using the chocolate and nut topping. I highly recommend this recipe to everyone. foolproof and incredible. you will impress all your friends and family.
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