Thursday, December 1, 2011

Peanut Butter Toffee Bars

I was flipping through the latest issue of a magazine (Family Fun, I think it's called) and found this recipe. Since James loves toffee, I thought I would try it out.

I only made a half batch of these as a tester. I'll include my measurements.

Peanut Butter Toffee Bars

1/4 c butter, softened
1/4 (plus a little more) c creamy peanut butter
3/8 c packed light brown sugar
1 egg yolk (do not double this if you double the recipe to fill a 9X13 pan)
3/4 c flour
1/4 c instant oats
1/8 t salt
1-1/2 c dark chocolate chips
1/2 c toffee baking pieces

1. Heat oven to 350°. Line a 8-inch square baking pan with foil so that it extends over the edges of the pan.

2. In a bowl, beat the butter, peanut butter, sugar, and egg yolk until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the flour, oats and salt and beat the mixture just until the ingredients are blended.

3. Press the mixture evenly into the bottow of the pan. Bake until the crust is golden brown, 15-20 minutes.

4. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Place pan back in the oven for 1 minute. Remove the pan again and spread the chocolate evenly over the crust. Sprinkle with the toffee pieces and gently press the pieces in to the chocolate layer.

5. Allow the pan to cool on a wire rack until the chocolate has set. (May take several hours.) Using the edges of the foil, lift the bars out of the pan and cut the dessert into squares. I was able to get 16 pieces out of the 8-inch pan.

These are pretty yummy. The peanut butter flavor overwhelms the toffee flavor a little, but you definitely still get the toffee crunch on top. James liked them and asked me to keep the recipe.

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