For as long as I can remember, my dear Grandma Bonnie has brought this tasty dessert to our family shindigs. We always have a big dessert spread with lots of delicious options, but I always make sure to grab one of these bars. The lightly crisp layer on the bottom is similar to shortbread and gives it a perfect base. Then there’s a sweet layer of chocolate, followed by a sprinkle of nuts on top. It’s such a simple dessert, but a definite favorite of mine and a known crowd pleaser!
Bonnie’s Toffee Bars
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup light brown sugar
1 egg yolk
Dash of salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 bag of chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
Yield: 60-64 pieces (but you can easily half the recipe!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream the butter, shortening, and sugar until well combined. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and mix to combine. Add the salt and flour and mix until it’s all incorporated. Divide the dough in half and spread it thinly on two lined 11×17 baking sheets. Bake it for 10 minutes and remove from the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F and then bake for another 5 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips over the hot cookie. Let them sit for a minute and melt, then spread the chocolate evenly on top of the entire cookie. Sprinkle the chopped nuts on top and let it cool completely. Cut it into squares and then into triangular pieces. Serve and enjoy!
Source: My Grandma Bonnie