Holiday Toffee Bars
‘Tis the season to get baking! Vegan toffee bars we shall bake!
This recipe was adopted from the Vegan Cookie Connoisseur’s English Toffee Squares
Toffee Choco Nut Squares
Makes 24 bars (aprox.)
1 cup Earth Balance butter
1/2 cup pack brown sugar
1/2 cup vegan cane sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup mixed chopped nuts (we used peanuts, almonds, pecans, and pine nuts)
Cream together the butter and sugar.
Once fluffy and light, add the vanilla. Sift and then stir in the flours until incorporated. The batter will be moist and somewhat crumbly.
Prepare an 8X8 baking dish by covering the bottom and sides with parchment paper, letting the paper hang a little above the sides of the pan to make removal easier; press the batter in firmly.
(we doubled the recipe so this is a 9X11 in. baking dish pictured here)
Bake in a 350 F preheated oven for 15 minutes (we baked it for a few minutes more – 17 min. – each oven will vary); check to make sure the crust is golden and firm to the touch.
Meanwhile, prepare the nut topping by placing the nuts into a food processor and process to your liking.
When the crust is done, remove it from the oven (I love this part) sprinkle on the chocolate chips and return it to the oven for a minute longer to melt the chips; spread the chocolate evenly over the crust.
Sprinkle on the nut mixture and let rest for 2-3 hours at room temperature (or in the fridge/freezer for a shorter time span) so the chocolate can set; do not leave them at rest for too long if they’re not cut, the chocolate gets very hard and may crack unevenly. Remove from the pan gently using the parchment paper for support. Place onto a cutting board and cut into the desired amount of bars. Let these rest anther hour or so at room temperature before wrapping or transporting (but eating can definitely be done at this point 😉 ).
These make the perfect holiday gift! Even your non-vegan friends will be begging for more! Next time (which will be in just a few days…) I’m going to get creative with the toppings i.e. crushed candy cane, chopped dried cranberries, or maybe I’ll spread the bars with some raspberry jam and then drizzle on some chocolate… Oh I’m brainstorming now!!
Now go get creative!!!