Easy Toffee Almond Bar Cookies


Sometimes there’s a recipe that you make over and over again not only because it tastes so good but because of it’s story. That’s what makes it a tradition I suppose and for me, one of those recipes is for these Easy Toffee Almond Bar Cookies. I’ve been making them for over 15 years and not only are they a favorite of my family and everyone I share them with, they are a must have at the holidays because of their story.

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, that it’s easy to make several batches and are so pretty when wrapped up in holiday containers. I think they look especially nice when put in a simple clear cellophane bag (I buy them at a craft story like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s) and tied up with a pretty bow! These Easy Toffee Almond Bar Cookies 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}
Serves: 4 dozen bars
  • 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
  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.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: One bar.



This post originally appeared in October 2012. I have updated the photos and the post to share again with you all!

These Easy Toffee Almond Bar are simple shortbread bars with a light toffee flavor topped with chocolate and almonds! | Recipe at MealPlanningMagic.com


  1. Pam @ The Meltaways says

    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!

  2. says

    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!

  3. Sarah says

    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!

  4. says

    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.

    • Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) says

      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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