Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Toffee: A Sweet and Salty Treat

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

What's not to love about Chocolate Chip Cookie bars? Loaded with toffee and sea salt, they're the perfect treat.

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Who loves chocolate chip cookies? I do. What’s not to like about a buttery cookie laced with the right amount of chocolate? No wonder why it is America’s favorite! 

My kids also love chocolate chip cookies but sometimes I do not have the time or patience to make a batch. Even though it is easy to mix up the dough, it is a little more work to drop the cookies on a pan, cool them and then get the next pan in the oven. Well, I solved the time and patience problem by making chocolate chip cookies in a bar form. I added some sea salt and toffee to make this one sweet and salty treat that my family loves.

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I have to admit I have always loved bar cookies and in my mind they win over a regular drop cookie. I like that they are crispy on the outside but softer and denser on the inside. Bar cookies are also perfect to freeze after they are baked. You can pull them out of the freezer for unexpected company. If my children invite friends over after school, I am ready for them. I make sure to put these way in the back where no one can find them. Behind the green beans is a great hiding place. Or else they might be gone when I need them.

These salted toffee chocolate chip cookie bars are perfect with a glass milk. If you really want to be decadent, serve them with homemade Nesquik.

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Tips for making bar cookies:

  • Make sure you use the right size pan that the recipe calls for.
  • Do not over mix the dough.
  • Check your bar cookies a few minutes before they are done to make sure they are not overcooked. Ovens can fluctuate in temperature. Usually, bar cookies are done when a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
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  • Use a large chef style knife to cut the bars after they are fully cooled.

Looking for more cookie bar recipes? Try these:

    32 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for garnish
  • 1 8 ounce bag heath toffee bits
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips, divided (one bag)

Directions

  1.  Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9X13 inch glass or ceramic baking pan.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt. Add to the butter and sugar mixture.
  4. Fold in the toffee pieces and chocolate chips but reserve 1/2 cup of chocolate chips for later.
  5. Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until top is golden and a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.
  6. Melt the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave oven. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the baked cookie bars. Sprinkle with sea salt. Cool for 20 minutes before cutting into 32 squares.

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About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.

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