Toffee and Rocky Road Bars Recipe
For the 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.
The first recipe here is for toffee bars. The bottom of the bar is a moist cake, and above it we add a toffee topping.
Of course, both of these bar recipes are welcomed at any time of year.
Toffee Bar Recipe
Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 30 min Ready in: 5o min Yield: 24-28 bars
- 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)
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 13" X 9" baking pan.
- In a medium to large mixing bowl combine brown sugar and flour.
- 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.
- Into the mixing bowl add baking powder and salt. Gently beat in with a fork the vanilla, milk, and egg.
- Beat until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into the greased baking pan.
- In a small bowl combine the chocolate chips, walnuts, and coconut. Set aside.
- 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.
- On top of this mixture sprinkle the chocolate chip, walnuts and coconut mixture.
- If needed, even out the mixture using a spatula.
- Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean after inserting into the middle of the pan.
- Remove from the oven and set the pan on a wire rack. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
- The bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to 6 days.
Photo Tutorial: Toffee BarsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
Prep time: 15 min Cook time: 40 min Ready in: 55 min Yield: 36 bars
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl combine graham crumbs with the melted butter. Mix well.
- Press this mixture into a 13" X 9" baking pan.
- Sprinkle the coconut over the top.
- Next layer the nuts over the top of the coconut.
- Now add your chocolate chips on top and finally the marshmallows.
- Drizzle the condensed milk over everything evenly.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Once out of the oven drizzle the melted chocolate over the top.
- Cool completely before cutting into squares.
- These can be stored in a sealed container in a cold room or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Photo Tutorial: Rocky Road BarsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Rocky Road Bars
|Serving size: per bar|
|Calories from Fat||99|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 11 g||17%|
|Saturated fat 5 g||25%|
|Carbohydrates 20 g||7%|
|Sugar 16 g|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 2 g||4%|
|Cholesterol 10 mg||3%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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