English Toffee Bars

Brrrrrrr, it’s gotten chilly in Ohio! So chilly we have had a fire going every night in an attempt to delay the heat being flipped on. A crackling fire and the smell of my Yankee Autumn Leaves candle set the mood for some late Friday night baking.

I decided to throw together a bookmarked recipe from Hershey’s. This recipe caught my eye a while back for its simplicity and really stunning layered presentation, plus I knew I had all the ingredients in my pantry! The recipe states it requires advanced skill level, but it’s so not difficult at all and takes about fifteen minutes to prep.

I did use a shortcut by utilizing my food processor to combine the crust. On a side note, my food processor bowl cracked to pieces the following day, which brought a tear to my eye. However, I will not be without my trusty kitchen pal for long because the good folks at KitchenAid have a new one on the way to me already – gotta love great customer service!

These Toffee Bars are easy, delicious and in my opinion the perfect fall treat. What’s better than the warm flavors of pecans, caramel on a delicate brown sugar crust?

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day and stay warm!

English Toffee Bars


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup pecan halves
TOFFEE TOPPING (recipe follows)
1 cup Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Chips


1. Heat oven to 350°F.

2. Combine flour and brown sugar in large bowl. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until fine crumbs form (a few large crumbs may remain). Press mixture onto bottom of ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Sprinkle pecans over crust. Prepare toffee topping; drizzle evenly over pecans and crust. (I lined my pan with foil and sprayed the foil with non-stick cooking spray before assembling these bars)

3. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until topping is bubbly and golden; remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle milk chocolate chips evenly over top; press gently onto surface. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. About 36 bars.

TOFFEE TOPPING: Combine 2/3 cup butter and 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar in small saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue boiling, stirring constantly, 30 seconds. Use immediately.

from Hershey’s


30 Responses to “English Toffee Bars”

  1. Maria — October 5, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Toffee is the best anytime of the year, but especially in the fall. Love these bars!

  2. John and Jenny — October 5, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Just found your blog and cannot wait to start trying all of your yummy recipes. The pictures are fantastic.

  3. Donna-FFW — October 5, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    These bars look and sound lovely. Hershey's has some great recipes, Ive found.. Ill have to try this one.

  4. Bethie — October 5, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Oh my, those look divine. I adore toffee and just don't get enough.

  5. thereddeer — October 5, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Dang they look good!

  6. Palidor — October 5, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    They look amazing. I absolutely love chocolate and toffee together.

  7. Ingrid — October 5, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Now these are right up my alley! Good stuff! Thanks for sharing!

    I'm looking forward to seeing what you baked up with those candy corn kisses! I saw those at Target but my guys don't like candy corn.

  8. Pamela — October 5, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    YUM!! These look so good. Adding another one to the must try pile…

  9. Eliana — October 5, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    These bars look picture perfect Jaime :)

  10. Marshall — October 5, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    OMG I just want to guzzle these bars up! :)

  11. Lele — October 5, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Homemade toffee topping is SO much richer than faking it with candy bars, and it's SO EASY once you know how to do it!

  12. culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess — October 6, 2009 at 1:05 am

    OMG these look gorgeous. I love the autumnal composition to the photo too.

  13. Gala — October 6, 2009 at 5:57 am

    y-u-m-m-y !!!

  14. ButterYum — October 6, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Ahhh…. you are not allowed to temp me with such delectable delights so early in the morning!!!


  15. Jelli Bean — October 6, 2009 at 8:39 am

    These look yummy! Your Ohio mentions always remind me of home..and that it is fall now. (I live in the tropics and sometimes forget the weather changes).

  16. Rachel — October 6, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I just love your blog! Every recipe you post looks fantastic! You bake with my kind of style, not too fancy, and very homey. I can't wait to try this one! :) Thank you so much for sharing! :D

    God Bless!
    ~Miss Rachel~

  17. Fahrenheit 350° — October 6, 2009 at 11:08 am

    These are my favorite cookies!

  18. teresa — October 6, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    these are gorgeous and look so delicious!

  19. La Pastry Chef — October 7, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    These are so cute! I love the little autumnal scene going on in the background :)

  20. Monica H — October 8, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Oh my goodness, this looks tasty. Perfect in front of the fireplace curled up with a good book and a cup of hot cider.

    Did I take it too far? :-)

  21. Peggy — October 12, 2009 at 6:50 am

    this sounds like a perfect any-weather treat!

  22. elenis — October 15, 2009 at 6:45 am

    We love making holiday cookies and trying new ones. Thanks for sharing all these tasty cookies!

  23. A & W — October 15, 2009 at 11:59 am

    WOW! These look awesome!!!! I have been drooling over pictures of these all week!
    – Whitney

  24. Becky — October 30, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Just made these tonight! They were so good! I didn't have any pecans so I used pretzels instead, it turned out great!
    Thanks so much!!!

  25. MICHELE — February 7, 2011 at 2:16 am


  26. Billie Jo — November 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Just wanted to send out a HUGE Thanks! I can remember my parents making this as a kid, but was never able to find a recipe. I didn’t realize it was “English” Toffee. Your pic looks exactly like what I remember as a child, and I can’t wait to try them! Thank You! You made my day!

  27. abbi — March 3, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I am planning to make these for my schools concessions, Look soo good! I had no pecans tho and I am planning on using walnuts…do u think they will still taste fine?:)

    • Jamie — March 6th, 2015 at 9:40 am


      I think walnuts would be a great substitution! Have a great day!


  28. cee tollefson — November 19, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    I could not wait to try these, even though I had no chocolate chips. I made a cooked chocolate frosting to go on top, and I have eaten almost a quarter of the pan by myself. Absolutely wonderful.

    • Jamie — November 21st, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      I’ve done that, too, Cee! I’m really glad you liked them.

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