This English Toffee Bar recipe is an old one that has been passed down to me from my Mom. She has made these bars for Christmas for as long as I can remember. The name is a little misleading because they are more like a buttery short bread cookie than a piece of toffee. But, they are simple, easy to make, and delicious. The extra fun thing is that it’s easy to decorate one tray of the bars with a lot of different toppings to make for a nice variety on a cookie tray. I always promise not to post a recipe unless I think it’s worth your time! I sift through what I do in my kitchen each week to share my best recipes with you. I hosted a dinner the other night and made these bars and as simple as they are to make, they are always a big hit. So when you are hosting a dinner and you’d rather put more time into cooking your meal than baking your dessert, try these….easy to make ahead of time and pretty too!
English Toffee Bars (Makes 2-3 dozen)
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla (plus a little more for vanilla icing)
2 cups flour
semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 -2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp milk or cream
walnuts, candy pieces, sprinkles
Mix butter, brown sugar, egg yolk, vanilla and flour in mixer until smooth. Place on a 15×10 inch cookie sheet and pat out flat. (You can cover the bottom of a glass with butter and pat out so the dough doesn’t stick). Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-9 minutes (do not over cook!). Sprinkle chocolate chips on half of the toffee bars and return to oven for about 30 seconds or until chips are melted; spread until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and start with 2 Tbsp milk or cream. Whisk together. Add more milk or cream if you need to thin it a bit; add more powdered sugar if you need to thicken. Spread vanilla icing on other half of the toffee bars. Add different colored sprinkles, crushed walnuts, or other candies.