Chocolate Toffee Bars

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Chocolate Toffee Bars are irresistible cookies that taste similar to Heath bars! They're buttery, crunchy, and loaded with salted caramel chocolate in every bite. If you want to have the most popular dessert at the Christmas cookie swap, make these scrumptious toffee cookie bars!

Chocolate toffee bars on a dessert tray with flowers.

Buttery round crackers, caramel toffee, crunchy pecans and melted chocolate create easy cookies with great flavor. The caramel toffee magically makes its way to the bottom of the pan and creates a delicious shortbread crust that tastes out of this world!

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • Easy to Make: really simple dessert for parties during the holiday season
  • Great Taste: these decadent cookies have everything you love wrapped up in one bite! 
  • Great Gifts: toffee bars are perfect to wrap up and give as Christmas gifts
  • Crowd Favorite: this easy recipe makes a big batch that friends and family will love!
Chocolate toffee bars stacked on a dish.

Ingredients

This recipe only requires 6 simple ingredients you may already have in your pantry or fridge! If you're missing an item, you can easily find it at your local grocery store. See recipe card for quantities.

  • buttery round crackers (like Ritz)
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • chopped pecans
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • sea salt

Instructions

1 - Start by layering buttery round crackers in a 13 X 9 baking dish. For best results, line the baking dish with parchment paper and spray the parchment paper with cooking spray. 

Crackers lined in pan.

2 - Melt butter in a saucepan and stir in brown sugar over medium heat.

3 - Stir the sugar and mix butter constantly, allowing it to come to a boil for 2 minutes. Take off heat and stir in chopped pecans.

Pouring toffee onto crackers in pan.

4 - Pour the buttery toffee spread over the top of every cracker, covering each one with the mixture. Be careful! It's hot!

toffee mixture covering crackers.

5 - Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 10 minutes until bubbly. Take out of the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

Chocolate chips on top of crackers.

6 - Let the chocolate sit for about 1 minute to melt, then spread lightly with a knife or spatula. Sprinkle the chocolate with a dusting of sea salt.

Chocolate melting over toffee.

7 - To cool bars, freeze the toffee candy for at least 1 hour until set, then thaw for 15 minutes.  

8 - Cut bars into squares with a pizza cutter, or break up into chunks as desired.

Expert Tips

  • Use a pizza cutter for easiest cutting.
  • If you score the bars as soon as they come out of oven, the lines will be easier to follow when it's time to cut them.
  • Be sure to spray the parchment paper with cooking spray to make it easier for the bars to pop out of the pan.

Recipe FAQs

Can these cookies be frozen? 

Yes, you can freeze this recipe in an airtight container for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw on the kitchen counter overnight, then separate and enjoy.

Are the cookies hard to get out of the pan?  

If you make these cookies without using baking spray first, they will be almost impossible to get out of the pan. To make sure they release easily, use parchment paper to line the bottom and spray it with cooking spray before adding ingredients. 

Can I use another type of cracker? 

Yes, you can definitely use another type of cracker like saltines or club crackers. I like the buttery taste of the round crackers, but others work just as well. 

Storage and Freezing

Store leftover dessert bars in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature. 

To freeze the bars, assemble them in a single layer on a sheet pan and place in the freezer until firm. Once frozen, transfer bars to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. 

Thaw frozen bars in the refrigerator overnight, or leave at room temperature until thawed. 

Toffee bars on platter.

What to Serve With Chocolate Toffee Bars

Chocolate Toffee Bars go great with other holiday treats like Santa's Chocolate Chip Cookies and Walnut Snowball Cookies. They also taste amazing with a cup of Crockpot Wassail or a glass of Non Alcoholic Christmas Punch.

If you're making a holiday platter, serve this easy dessert recipe with slices of Candy Cane Pie, savory Crispy Cheese Wafers and Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies. Or, try these Christmas Pinwheel Cookies that are a real show stopper!

Recipe Card

Chocolate Toffee Bars on a cookie tray.

Chocolate Toffee Bars

Chocolate Toffee Bars are irresistible cookies that taste similar to Heath bars! They're buttery, crunchy, and loaded with salted caramel chocolate in every bite.
5 from 4 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Cookies, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings24
Calories: 147kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

  • 2 sleeves buttery round crackers (32 crackers in each sleeve)
  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • dusting of sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Layer buttery round crackers in a 13 X 9 baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray, or line it with parchment paper and spray the paper with cooking spray.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan and stir in brown sugar.  Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil.  Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. 
  • Take off heat and stir in pecans.
  • Pour toffee mixture over buttery crackers in pan.  Cover entire surface of crackers.  
  • Bake crackers at 350 degrees for 10 minutes until bubbly.  
  • Take crackers out of oven and sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
  • Let chocolate sit for 1 minute to melt, then spread to cover crackers.  Sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Freeze toffee bars for 1 hour to set.
  • Take out of freezer and allow to thaw for 15 minutes.  Cut into squares with a sharp knife or a pizza cutter and serve!

Notes

  • Use parchment paper to line the pan before adding ingredients and the cookies will release easily.
  • Spraying the parchment paper with baking spray will make it even easier.
  • Use a pizza cutter to make cutting easier.
  • View the Google Web Story for Toffee Cracker Bars! 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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8 Comments

  1. Mine crystalized and I followed the directions exactly as written - what did I do wrong?

  2. 5 stars
    The flavors were perfect. My next batch I’m going to crush the crackers in a gallon Ziplock so as to form a uniform layer on the bottom. I used parchment paper on the bottom but due the spaces in between the crackers I had to peel it away but it did help to pull right out of the pan with no mess.

    1. 5 stars
      I did the modified recipe today and loved it. I took two rolls of crackers and crushed them in a gallon Ziplock. I melted a cube of butter during preheat and sprinkled on the crushed crackers. It made for a buttery mono layer. It also cut and made for an easy cleanup without having to spray the pan. Thanks for a wonderful holiday treat. It’s now my Daughter’s favorite.

  3. Hey Di. Yes, there are 32 crackers in a sleeve, so you are right. Did your caramel cover all of your crackers like it did in my picture of the recipe? You should have had enough caramel for it to cover all of the crackers like it did in the photo. Did you see how I staggered the crackers? That allows the caramel to seep down into all the crevices. The crust is crispy and not gooey, so perhaps that is not what you were expecting? If you felt like the crackers were too dry, try using half of them next time. Or, you could use a single row of saltine crackers or a single row of graham crackers instead.

  4. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. Naturally I had to add my flair to it. I used dark chocolate morsels and "added" the pecans to the crackers AFTER I poured the toffee sugar mixture on the single layer of Ritz crackers. I also wanted more toffee flavor so after I took the tray out of the oven, I then added some Health English Toffee Bits and then the sea salt. I liked the mixture of flavors. These are a hit. This recipe was part of homemade gifts for Christmas presents. Thanks!

    1. Wow, June...you made my day! Thanks for sharing your ideas for loading up this recipe! I'll be sure to try the extra toffee bits! 🙂

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