Chocolate Toffee Shortbread bars

Chocolate Toffee Shortbread bars

p align="center"a href="http://lh3.ggpht.com/-MGSdQNZ5RY4/T8vtgrH5gmI/AAAAAAAACbo/Z8soyXp99k0/s1600-h/chocolate%252520toffe%252520shortbread%2525201%25255B1%25255D.jpg"img alt="chocolate toffe shortbread 1" height="346" src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/-74uzx8qfjB8/T8vthQrdIsI/AAAAAAAACbw/HRoTqMDJzG8/chocolate%252520toffe%252520shortbread%2525201thumb%25255B1%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800" style="display: inline;" title="chocolate toffe shortbread 1" width="465" //a/p p align="center"One of the ‘difficult’ things about having a food blog is when you bake something to give away you need to make sure you have time to photograph and taste each item that you bake before its gone.   I made these chocolate toffee shortbread bars and the chocolate needed to harden before I could cut/photograph them.   So I had to wait until the next morning to do that.  /p p align="center"Nothing like being a little late for work just to get a photo of these delicious beauties.   Completely worth the extra step in my morning routine to get some photos of these.  /p p align="center"a href="http://lh4.ggpht.com/-NzIrOMhH4ko/T8vtiU6DGrI/AAAAAAAACb4/tfnHvRRO6Zk/s1600-h/chocolate%252520toffee%252520shortbread%2525203%25255B2%25255D.jpg"img alt="chocolate toffee shortbread 3" height="422" src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/-Xb65GTESCiU/T8vtjqs0aOI/AAAAAAAACcA/eRbOy3hXV9Q/chocolate%252520toffee%252520shortbread%2525203thumb%25255B2%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800" style="display: inline;" title="chocolate toffee shortbread 3" width="392" //a/p p align="center"The best part was sneaking one (or two) of these in my lunch for the day img alt="Winking smile" class="wlEmoticon wlEmoticon-winkingsmile" src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/--rx8ZidSkY/T8vtkFpR0UI/AAAAAAAACcI/plDVpRgHm8/wlEmoticon-winkingsmile%25255B2%25255D.png?imgmax=800" style="border-bottom-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-top-style: none; border-left-style: none;" /  Enjoy!/p p align="center"a href="http://lh6.ggpht.com/-CTbNrkoLz4c/T8vtkhXwD1I/AAAAAAAACcQ/v3zkFpDBF7g/s1600-h/chocolate%252520toffee%252520shortbread%2525202%25255B1%25255D.jpg"img alt="chocolate toffee shortbread 2" height="282" src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/-1R52et2Y67c/T8vtlJpl13I/AAAAAAAACcY/WJMrrpIao-c/chocolate%252520toffee%252520shortbread%2525202thumb%25255B1%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800" style="display: inline;" title="chocolate toffee shortbread 2" width="452" //a/p p align="center"/p p align="left"strongIngredients/strong/p pemFor the shortbread base:/em/p ul li1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour/li li1/2 tsp. salt/li li1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon/li li2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature/li li1/2 cup brown sugar, packed/li li1/4 cup granulated sugar/li li1 tsp. vanilla extract/li li5 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips/li /ul pemFor the topping:/em/p ul li6 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips/li li1 1/2 cups toffee bits or chopped toffee bars/li /ul pstrongDirections/strong/p p1. Preheat the oven to 375˚ F.  Line a 9 x 13" baking dish with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.  /p p2. To make the shortbread: combine the flour, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl; stir to blend and set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugars and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Blend in the vanilla.  With the mixer on low speed, beat in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Stir in the mini chocolate chips until evenly distributed.  /p p3. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking dish and press into an even layer covering the bottom of the pan.  Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the shortbread is bubbling.  Remove the pan from the oven and transfer to a wire rack./p p4. Sprinkle the 6 ounces of chocolate chips evenly over the top of the cookie base.  Cover the pan with foil and let sit for 5 minutes.  Remove the foil and use an offset spatula to spread the melted chocolate evenly over the crust in a thin layer.  Immediately sprinkle the toffee bits over the melted chocolate and press down gently to adhere.  /p p5. Let the bars cool to room temperature.  When the topping is set, remove from the pan, transfer to a cutting board and slice into bars./p p align="left"Source: a href="http://annies-eats.com/2011/01/24/chocolate-toffee-shortbread-bars/" target="blank"Annie’s Eats/a/p p align="left"a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iDUGwpUHAqeHXqfgqP8qwJF4JhS7gSRGYNGUCwO6Wzs/edit" target="_blank"Printer-friendly version/a/p

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips
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