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Toffee and Rocky Road Bars Recipes

One of Susan's passions is cooking and creating new recipes for family and friends.

Toffee Bars

Toffee Bars

Bars for Every Sweet Tooth

Christmas baking puts me into the holiday spirit. I will usually start making cookies, fudge, shortbread, bars, mincemeat tarts, and three or four tourtières starting at the beginning of December. This way I know that I'll have enough to enjoy with family and friends once the festivities begin. Of course, both of these bar recipes are welcomed at any time of year.

I find that measuring out all the ingredients before I start making a recipe is much easier than grabbing and measuring as I go.

I find that measuring out all the ingredients before I start making a recipe is much easier than grabbing and measuring as I go.

Toffee Bar Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 30 min Ready in: 5o min Yield: 24-28 bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk (1%, 2%, or homogenized can be used)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 13" X 9" baking pan.
  2. In a medium to large mixing bowl combine brown sugar and flour.
  3. With a pastry cutter or 2 knives cut the butter into the mixture until it looks like coarse crumbs. Remove 1 cup of the mixture and set aside as you will need this further on down the recipe.
  4. Into the mixing bowl add baking powder and salt. Gently beat in with a fork the vanilla, milk, and egg.
  5. Beat until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into the greased baking pan.
  6. In a small bowl combine the chocolate chips, walnuts, and coconut. Set aside.
  7. This is where you will add the reserved 1 cup of crumb mixture. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the top of the batter that is in the pan.
  8. On top of this mixture sprinkle the chocolate chip, walnuts and coconut mixture.
  9. If needed, even out the mixture using a spatula.
  10. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean after inserting into the middle of the pan.
  11. Remove from the oven and set the pan on a wire rack. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
  12. The bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to 6 days.
Rocky Road Bars

Rocky Road Bars

Rocky Road Bar Recipe

If you've never had rocky road bars before, hold onto your seat as these are super sweet. I can only ever eat about half of a bar, but someone with a sweet tooth can probably handle a few. My kids love these, so I try to make them during the holidays.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min Cook time: 40 min Ready in: 55 min Yield: 36 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham wafer crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine melted
  • 1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (I used walnuts, but pecans would be great, too)
  • 1 (300-gram) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 squares Bakers semi-sweet chocolate, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium-size mixing bowl combine graham crumbs with the melted butter. Mix well.
  3. Press this mixture into a 13" X 9" baking pan.
  4. Sprinkle the coconut over the top.
  5. Next layer the nuts over the top of the coconut.
  6. Now add your chocolate chips on top and finally the marshmallows.
  7. Drizzle the condensed milk over everything evenly.
  8. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Once out of the oven drizzle the melted chocolate over the top.
  10. Cool completely before cutting into squares.
  11. These can be stored in a sealed container in a cold room or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

© 2012 Susan Zutautas

Comments

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 20, 2014:

Dolores, I've been baking up a storm for the past two weeks. I can go for months without baking at all and then I get into the mood :)

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on August 19, 2014:

Oooh do those bars look delicious! I've been out of baking for awhile but these recipes will have me baking again for sure.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 13, 2013:

Enjoy!

Natasha Ryan on October 12, 2013:

Sounds yummy, can't wait to try!!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 15, 2012:

RH, I say coffee is great with almost everything and a shot or two of Baileys at this time of year :)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on December 14, 2012:

Of course, I'm scouting for the ribs recipe and my my! You've been cookin'! These look awesome - I'd bet coffee would be deeeelish with them!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 10, 2012:

Monis and Sharon, Thank you both and Happy Holidays!

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on December 09, 2012:

Ohhh, both these recipes look awesome. Rated 5 stars and sharing!

Agnes on December 09, 2012:

These look fantastic! I will HAVE TO try your recipe!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 09, 2012:

Brenda, I hope that you enjoy the recipes and thanks.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on December 08, 2012:

As you might know, I rarely eat sweets. Christmas is an exception as I can only get certain goodies this time of year. I shall try your recipe. It look yummy.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 08, 2012:

Ruby

Ruchira

Carol

Randi

Thanks everyone and I hope you all enjoy the recipes.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 08, 2012:

tip, What a terrible time for the heating element in your stove to go out. I suppose any time of year is bad and I hope you get it fixed soon.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on December 07, 2012:

I haven't made toffee bars in years. They used to be what I brought to holiday parties. Thank you for the recipe which I have long lost! I am looking forward to trying the Rocky Road Bars, too!

carol stanley from Arizona on December 07, 2012:

Everything looks wonderful..The toffee bars have my mouth watering as we speak. thanks for sharing all these delights.

Ruchira from United States on December 06, 2012:

awesome and they look so delish. After seeing those pix; I so badly want to have something sweet. For now, will munch a choclate, but gotta try that.

voted up as awesome recipe.

I hope you put this in the weekly inspirational topic. This is so awesome!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 06, 2012:

I love rocky road ice cream, so i'm sure i will love your recipe. That will be a new sweet for Christmas. Thank you Susan..

Tammy from USA on December 06, 2012:

These look amazing! I gained five pounds while staring at the screen. I can't wait to try them as soon as I get the heating element fixed in my oven. I guess I did too much baking and burned it up...LOL! I booked marked this and passed it on. Thanks for sharing your wonderful treats.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 06, 2012:

drbj

Bill

Mhatter

Eddy

Cardisa

momma

Kaili

and Frank,

Thanks everyone for stopping by and for all the great comments. For those of you that try the recipes I do hope that you enjoy the toffee bars and rocky road bars as much as we do.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 06, 2012:

yeah justasksusan now you're rocking bigtime!!!!!!

Kaili Bisson from Canada on December 06, 2012:

Toffee bars on my list for Xmas baking this year...thank you for sharing!

Jen Eggleston from Wisconsin on December 06, 2012:

Those toffee bars look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on December 06, 2012:

Both of them looks really good. I need to start making more pastry, haven't done much of that. This make me want to make my own. Thanks for the recipes.

Eiddwen from Wales on December 06, 2012:

Mm another for my recipe book.Another brilliant share. Enjoy your day.

Eddy.

Eiddwen from Wales on December 06, 2012:

Mm another for my recipe book.Another brilliant share. Enjoy your day.

Eddy.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on December 05, 2012:

Can't wait to pass on to my daughter (to bake for me). Thank you

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 05, 2012:

Sign me up; they look delicious!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on December 05, 2012:

Mmmmmmmm! Thanks for these two delicious-looking cookie recipes, Susan. Since they include chocolate, you know I will not be able to resist them. I almost broke a tooth trying to taste the realistic Rocky Road bar in your photo. You need a Caution sign there.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 05, 2012:

vespawoolf, Thanks so much! I prefer the toffee bars as they're not nearly as sweet as the rocky road bars. Hope that you enjoy these.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 05, 2012:

Both bars sound fabulous! I think chocolate and coconut are so delicious together. I plan on trying the toffee bars first! Thank you for sharing. Voted up across the board.