over the top toffee bars

Do you ever get sucked into a Wikipedia spiral?  I do more often than I’d like to admit.  It always starts innocently enough.  Tonight, I was watching a rerun of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which features Camille Grammer, Kelsey Grammer’s wife.  So I checked in with my old friend, Dr. Fraiser Krane, on Wikipedia, only to see that he has a connection to Kaitlin Olson from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, one of my favorite shows.  Kaitlin was linked to her husband, who plays “Mac” on Sunny. Mac cowrites the show with Charlie Day, who plays the aptly named, “Charlie,” and Charlie is apparently married to his on-screen crush, known only as “The Waitress.”  Two hours and three glasses of vino later, and I’m wondering where the night went.

You could say my addiction to Wikipedia is a little over the top.  But I can tell you in no uncertain terms that, compared to Nate’s mom’s famous toffee bars–which I made the other night for a bake sale and my own personal enjoyment–this need for internet fulfillment is but a small drop in the bucket.  This recipe uses a bag of chocolate chips.  A bag of toffee bits.  A lot of butter.  A can of condensed milk.  Brown sugar. And pecans.  Lots of pecans.  You might call it joy in bar form.  I call it breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

If you decide to make these, keep a copy of the recipe in your pocket or purse–you will DEFINITELY get requests for the low-down on this treat.  Or you could just tell people that it’s a family secret that you’ll take to the grave.

Nate’s Mom’s Famous Toffee Bars


2 and 1/3 cup flour

2/3 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup butter

1 12-oz pkg Ghirardelli chocolate chips

1 8-oz pkg Heath toffee chips

1 cup chopped pecans

1 14-oz can condensed milk

1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a bowl, stir together flour and sugar, cut in butter until mixture resembles course crumbs.

3. Add egg, mix well.

4. Stir in 1 and 1/2 cups chocolate chips and nuts.

5. Reserve 1 and 1/2 cups of mixture.

6. Press remaining mixture into greased 13×9.

7. Bake 10 minutes.  Then pour condensed milk over crust and top with 1 and 1/2 cup of toffee chips.

8. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture and remaining chocolate chips over top.

9. Bake 25 minutes, then sprinkle remaining toffee chips on top.

**Special thanks to Bon Appetit’s BA Daily blog for featuring my take on their dish, Beef, Shiitake, and Snow Pea Stir Fry! I feel too legit to quit now!**


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