Toffee-Chocolate-Almond Bars

Recipe by Dancer
READY IN: 1hr 2mins
SERVES: 24
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 23
    cup sliced almonds (about 2 oz.)
  • 4
    (1 1/2 ounce) chocolate-covered chocolate-covered english toffee bars, such as heath (or 16 snack-size about 3/8-oz. bars -- about 1/2 of a 12-oz. bag)
  • 1
    cup flour
  • 1
    teaspoon baking powder
  • 18
    teaspoon salt
  • 12
    cup butter, melted
  • 1
    cup packed brown sugar
  • 1
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla
  • 12
    teaspoon almond extract
  • 34
    cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (4 1/2 oz.)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 9-by 9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, allowing some extra at each end.
  • Grease and flour the foil.
  • Toast the almond pieces in a frying pan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until they begin to color and become fragrant, about 7 minutes.
  • Pour them out of the pan and set aside.
  • Chop the toffee bars into 1/2-inch pieces (if using snack-size bars, chop them in half).
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In the large bowl of an electric mixer, combine the melted butter and brown sugar, breaking up any hard lumps of brown sugar.
  • Beat in the egg, vanilla and almond extract.
  • Beat in the flour mixture.
  • Combine the toasted almonds, chopped toffee bars and chocolate chips, mixing well, then stir the mixture into the batter, stirring to coat all the mix-ins.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly.
  • Bake about 40 minutes (about 5 minutes longer in an 8-by 8-inch pan), until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • (If the toothpick comes out covered with chocolate, it hit a chocolate chip; try somewhere else.) A toothpick might come out apparently clean after about 30 minutes, but close examination would indicate it's wet.
  • Some people might like the bars that way; they're certainly gooey, but they really aren't done.
  • Cool at least an hour in the pan, lift out by the edges of the foil, peel away the foil (invert if necessary) and cut into serving pieces.
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