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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sweet Treats Saturday: Toffee Bars

This week I bring you another delicious treat that can be easily dressed up as a yummy gift.  You can do this with virtually anything, but I like these bars because they hold their shape well, and they look great all  packaged up.

The recipe calls these toffee bars though there isn't actually any toffee inside.  The buttery, sugary, shortbread does have a nutty, toffee taste, without the actual use of toffee or having to caramelize anything.

Toffee Bars
Recipe from allrecipes.com

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
6 (1.55 ounce) milk chocolate bars
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

1. In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar.  Beat in egg yolk and vanilla.  Gradually add flour and salt, beating until smooth.
2. Press into greased 9x13in baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 17-19 minutes, or until light golden brown.
3. Immediately place chocolate bars on top (it will not cover the top fully) and place pan back into the oven for 1 minute.  Remove from oven and with an offset spatula, spread the melted chocolate over the shortbread.  Sprinkle with pecans.  Cool, then cut into bars.

When the bars were completely cool, I layered them, separating with a piece of wax paper.

Wrap with cellophane or put into a decorative bag.

Tie with ribbon, add a tag, and you have a delicious gift!

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