Yay for beautiful bars. Yay for holidays to bake them for. And yay for toffee most of all!
Everyone’s busy making holiday toffee, but I didn’t feel like taking out my candy thermometer and dusting it off. Dusting is boring. Instead, I cheated with these amazing cookie bars. You will not want to stop eating them, but that’s not really a problem.
Covered in butterscotch goodness and crushed toffee, I can’t imagine a better holiday cookie offering. I mean, I’ve made a lot of different bars this season, but this one is above the ordinary bar.
Last week, I took two days away from my job to take a class. It’s pretty much ingrained in teachers to want to keep learning, so we take a lot of classes.
Gotta be honest here: I kept losing focus while I was in class, which brought me back to my days in school. College and graduate school were fine because the classes were shorter, but this class made me remember what it’s like to sit all day while people make you work. It’s hell.
It’s kind of ironic for a teacher to be saying this, but I really don’t think we were meant to sit still all day. I’m lucky to have a very active job that lets me stand and move at will, but I think about people with desk jobs and I wonder how they don’t lose their minds. How do you sit in one place for eight hours or more and not completely lose it?
Today I’m grateful to be back in my classroom with my students, bopping around and getting stuff done. But I do feel for the kids I work with, who move from class to class without much of a break. It must be tough, and now I realize that my increased academic success in college probably had to do with more than just maturity. It probably had to do with getting more breaks and a chance to clear my head.
If I can’t get actual breaks in my day, at least there are snack breaks. And I always want my snacks to be of the highest possible caliber, so these butterscotch toffee bars fit the bill!
The base is my favorite cookie base of all time, which is heavy on the brown sugar for added moisture. It’s soft and pretty hard to stop eating. I slathered melted butterscotch chips on top and then sprinkled on chocolate toffee bits. Heaven, you guys. Just heaven.
This is one of those bar cookies that I had to give away immediately for fear of turning into a cookie monster. But it’s the holiday season, so everyone’s willing to eat some extra cookies for me! And I love spreading the cheer.
If you’re looking for the perfect butterscotch toffee fix, here it is. Look no further!
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil, leaving enough to hang over the sides. Coat with cooking spray.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the margarine and brown sugar until fluffy. Add the egg yolk and extracts and mix again. Gradually add the flour, mixing until just incorporated.
- Pat the cookie dough onto the prepared pan evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.
- Turn the oven off and take out the bars. Sprinkle the butterscotch chips on top and return the pan to the oven for two minutes.
- Spread the melted butterscotch chips evenly over the surface of the bars and sprinkle the chocolate toffee bits on top. Cool completely.
- Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.