Easy Toffee Almond Bar Cookies

Here we are in the second week of our 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats! I hope you were inspired by amy recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Bites and also by all the other bloggers that participated. I know I found lots of new recipes to add to my “must try” list!

In case you’re joining us for the first time this week, here’s a brief rundown of how it works. Each week starting today and for the next 12 weeks, I and a bunch of other bloggers will be sharing some of our favorite holiday treats with you. The idea is that not only will you get a lot more recipe ideas but ideally you can make up these treats ahead of time and freeze so that you will have goodies ready to go for gift-giving, hostess gifts and even your own holiday tables. Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for all the great ideas too—it’s a great way to keep track of your favorites.

This week’s recipe is for Toffee Almond Bars. I have been making these for many, many years. You see, I have a December baby and when I was pregnant I REALLY wanted to bake something for the holidays but knew I couldn’t manage a lot of bending and standing for a long time. So I looked for a bar cookie and these were it. The recipe is originally from one of those mini-Gold Medal holiday recipe books you find on the newsstands. I love a good, simple bar cookie and just about anything toffee flavored so these fit the bill nicely. Turns out my father-in-law really enjoyed them too as I had baked them right before delivery…and he enjoyed them when he came to meet his new grandchild!

These are so simple and delicious and freeze well too. What more could you ask for? I hope you enjoy them too!

Easy Toffee Almond Bar Cookies {12 Weeks of Christmas Treats}

Yield: 4 dozen bars

Serving Size: One bar.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 oz. milk chocolate, broken into pieces
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350º. Beat brown sugar, butter, vanilla and egg yolk in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour and salt. Press (or spread) in ungreased pan, 13x9x2 inches.
  2. Bake 25-30 minutes or until very light brown (crust will be soft). Immediately place milk chocolate pieces on baked crust. Let stand about 5 minutes or until softened; spread evenly. Sprinkle with almonds.
  3. Cool 30 minutes. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows while warm.
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Simple ingredients = a great tasting treat!

Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the warm bars–easy!

Just a few minutes is all it takes for the chocolate to soften and it’s easy to spread before sprinkling the almonds over top.

Be sure to check out all the other bloggers who are participating this week in the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats blog hop… you’ll have no excuse of “I don’t know what to make!” And if you’re a blogger and want to join in on the fun, check out this post for the form to fill out to start baking along with us!



20 comments
Mary@SiftingFocus
Mary@SiftingFocus

So sorry I missed the opportunity to join the Twelve Days of Christmas blog hop. I just happened upon Baked Bree's post linking me here. It sounds fun. I'll look forward to all the delicious cookies recipes that everyone will share this year and maybe next year I can join in on all the fun.

Minnie(@thelady8home)
Minnie(@thelady8home)

O Wow!!! Thats something to drool upon. :-D Fabulous one. And do make sure to join my dinner extravaganza. :-)

baker street
baker street

I'm a fan of toffee anything and these look divine, Brenda! So glad to be a part of the group this week. Thanks for hosting such a fun event. :)

Heidi
Heidi

These look so good. Great recipe. Thanks for posting. Exede

Sarah
Sarah

My mom has been making these for years and years! They are my all time very favorite bar cookie. I think her recipe is named "Hershey Bars" but they're the same recipe. I don't eat too much for sweets anymore, but I could easily polish off several of these in one sitting, they're so good!

Laurie
Laurie

These are one of my favorites!

Alida's Kitchen
Alida's Kitchen

These look fantastic! Easy and freezer friendly is a bonus :)

Melissa
Melissa

I love toffee and making them into bars is a great time saver. I'm loving the Weekly Treats! Thanks so much for hosting - glad to be a part!

Trisha
Trisha

These look delicious. I love anything toffee. Thanks for hosting this party Brenda.

Pam @ The Meltaways
Pam @ The Meltaways

these look delicious! I was born in December & the year my Mom had me she baked all of her cookies for Christmas early & put them in the freezer. While she was in the hospital, my older brother and Grandfather ate them all!

Dawn
Dawn

These look amazing! I can't wait to try these! Thanks so much for organizing this!

Helen
Helen

those look delisious! of course anything involving chocolate has to be good lol! Helen

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

The look amazing and are easy! Wonderful treat for this week. No wonder you all liked them!

avril
avril

Perfect holiday bars Brenda! - one of my all time favs :-)

Hezzi-D
Hezzi-D

Wow these look awesome! I'll be putting these on my Christmas baking list or sure!

Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)
Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)

Mary, It's not too late! You can join anytime...just fill out the form so I have your contact inf. Glad you found the hop and are enjoying the recipes!

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