Chocolate Chip Toffee Blondies

Chocolate Chip Toffee Blondies

Chocolate Chip Toffee Blondies

I know, by now you’re probably wondering – when the heck is she going to get to the end of her stockpile of toffee bits? I seem to be putting them in just about everything I’ve baked lately. What can I say… I love toffee bits! They taste so good in so many things, and they’re especially delicious in these Chocolate Chip Toffee Blondies.

Blondies are very similar to brownies, except that they are flavored with brown sugar instead of chocolate. They are very sweet, chewy, and just plain yummy. You can add just about anything to Blondies to dress them up a bit. Many of the Blondie recipes you’ll find in cookbooks or online will include walnuts, which helps add texture and crunch, but for this recipe I decided to add toffee bits to achieve that same result.

I have just about used all the toffee bits that I had stored in my freezer. I have just shy of a half a cup left, so I don’t think I’ll be using the rest in anything anytime soon, but you never know… :)

~Enjoy~




Chocolate Chip Toffee Blondies

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chocolate chips, divided
3/4 cup toffee bits, divided

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 8-inch square baking pan.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add egg and vanilla extract; mix until combined. Gradually stir in dry ingredients until well blended. Fold in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of the toffee bits.

Spread the batter evenly into prepared baking pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of the toffee bits on top of the batter.

Chocolate Chip Toffee Blondies

Chocolate Chip Toffee Blondies

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Fudgy Mocha Toffee Brownies

Fudgy Mocha Toffee Brownies

Fudgy Mocha Toffee Brownies

Anytime I can combine two ingredients I love – coffee and chocolate – into one recipe, I know the result is going to be a winner. This recipe proved just that. There’s just something about the flavor of mocha that I absolutely love. In fact, my go-to coffeehouse drink is a tall, skinny mocha. These brownies have that same coffeehouse mocha taste, except in brownie form.

Now, I can honestly say that I’ve never met a brownie that I didn’t like, but my absolute favorite type of brownie is a rich, chewy, fudgy brownie. This recipe created that exact type of brownie. The brownie itself has a wonderfully moist texture, but I also wanted the brownies to have a bit of a crunch, so I topped them off with a sprinkling of toffee bits. They turned out so yummy!!

A brownie was the first thing I reached for when I got home from work today, and I’m desperately trying to resist the urge to grab another. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

~Enjoy~




Fudgy Mocha Toffee Brownies

2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/4 cup toffee bits

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch square baking pan.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine coffee granules and 1/4 cup hot water. Stir until the coffee granules dissolve.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine butter and semisweet chocolate chips. Microwave for approximately 30-40 seconds, or until butter melts; stir until chocolate is smooth.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Add coffee mixture, melted chocolate mixture, vanilla extract, and eggs to dry ingredients. Stir just until combined.

Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with toffee bits.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Fudgy Mocha Toffee Brownies

Fudgy Mocha Toffee Brownies

Chocolate Toffee Bars

Chocolate Toffee Bars

Chocolate Toffee Bars

Good Morning! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far. We are having another cloudy and grey weekend here, and it’s been raining off and on a little bit too, which is actually a good thing because our trees and grass really need it. The leaves on our trees are just tiny little buds, but I think if we get one good drenching of rain, they’ll finally “pop” and grow out into actual leaves.

Did anyone celebrate Cinco de Mayo yesterday? I personally don’t like to go out to restaurants or bars to celebrate holidays such as Cinco de Mayo, because they’re usually way too crowded for my taste, so I decided to just celebrate at home with taco’s, margarita’s, and these delightful Chocolate Toffee Bars.

One of my favorite candy bars is the Heath toffee bar, and these Chocolate Toffee Bars remind me of them because they are very similar in taste. The bottom crust is like a shortbread cookie, light and crisp, while the top layer is coated with chocolate and studded with toffee bits.

I have a strong feeling that these bars won’t be sticking around very long. ;)

~Enjoy~




Chocolate Toffee Bars

Crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
2/3 cup Heath English Toffee Bits

Chocolate layer:
2 cups chocolate chips
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup Heath English Toffee Bits

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

For the crust: In a large bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, sugar and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly. Gently mix in the toffee bits until evenly distributed. Press mixture into prepared baking pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and set on a wire rack to cool.

Chocolate Toffee Bar - Crust

Chocolate Toffee Bars – Crust

For the chocolate layer: In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and 6 tablespoons butter. Microwave for approximately 60 seconds, until chips are melted. Stir until smooth. Pour chocolate over the crust, and spread until evenly covered. Sprinkle chocolate with 1 cup toffee bits. Set bars aside to let chocolate set and firm. When chocolate has set, cut into squares.

Chocolate Toffee Bars - Chocolate Layer

Chocolate Toffee Bars – Chocolate Layer

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