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Toffee Squares

December 11, 2010

By Kath Dedon


Toffee Squares have been one of my favorite holiday cookies since I was a teenager. There have been many Christmases at our house when Toffee Squares were the cookies we chose to leave for Santa. The plate was always empty on Christmas morning.


The recipe is adapted from Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book. Originally published in 1963, it was most recently published as an “authentic reproduction” in 2002. I have fond memories of paging through it as a teenager, but I haven’t actually made that many cookies from it. I just can’t get beyond the Toffee Squares when I use this book!

What’s not to love about them? They are so quick and easy to make. The toffee cookie base paired with chocolate is fantastic, and everybody loves them. (Yesterday a six-year-old boy told me it was the best cookie he had ever had in his life!) 🙂

If you have never tried Toffee Squares, I encourage you to try them this holiday season. I can assure you that Santa will be thrilled to find a plate of Toffee Squares awaiting him when he comes down your chimney!



Toffee Squares

(Adapted from a recipe in Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book)


(print the recipe)


1 cup butter, left at room temperature a while to soften

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups (240 g) flour

¼ teaspoon salt

4 ounces (about 1 cup) chocolate chips

½ cup finely chopped nuts (I usually use walnuts)


1. Preheat the oven to 350˚.

2. Put the butter, brown sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.


3. Beat at medium speed until well blended.


4. Add the flour and salt and mix well.

5. Spread the dough on a lightly greased baking sheet so it is a about a 13×10-inch rectangle.* Leave about an inch between the dough and the sides of the baking sheet. (Instead of greasing the pan, you can use parchment paper, as I did.)

*Update 12/22/15 I have found that it is easiest to spread the dough if you place a sheet of plastic wrap over it and then push it out.

Plastic wrap to spread



6. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until it is golden brown.


7. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips over the hot cookie.


8. Let them sit for just a few minutes until softened, and then spread the chocolate over the cookie.


8. Sprinkle with the nuts.


9. Cut into small squares while still warm.


24 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2010 7:04 am

    I like this recipe and the comment from a six year old boy, out of the mouths of babes, couldn’t be more flattering.. 🙂

  2. December 12, 2010 7:59 am

    These bars look great! I remember paging through that cookbook with my mom at christmastime too! I actually bought the reprint and now I have a copy of my own 🙂

  3. December 12, 2010 8:22 am

    delicious and festive
    happy holidays

  4. December 12, 2010 8:34 am

    LOVE toffee!!!!!! Put these under the tree for me.

  5. December 12, 2010 11:33 am

    I absolutely love old recipes and cook books. Those toffe squares look delicious and not too difficult either. I bet their santas favorite!

  6. December 12, 2010 1:14 pm

    Mmmm Santa isn’t alone! I LOVE these cookies. They look easier than I expected too!

  7. December 12, 2010 4:12 pm

    These sound delicious! Thanks for sharing, and happy holidays to you!!!

  8. December 12, 2010 4:27 pm

    Boy these toffee squares look amazing. I love the nuts spread!

  9. December 12, 2010 4:46 pm

    Yummm… Never made these before – maybe it’s time!

  10. December 13, 2010 4:31 am

    Looks wonderful. I want! 😉

  11. December 13, 2010 5:48 am

    I have a very old Better Homes and Garden cookbook, and then I have a newer addition, as well. I love to page through the old cookbook, as it brings back memories of many warm, fuzzy kitchen memories. Your toffee squares bring back those memories, too. Thanks for sharing.

  12. December 13, 2010 6:15 am

    Toffee is my favorite! Will have to try these 🙂

  13. Liz @ Blog is the New Black permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:34 am

    These look wonderful!

  14. December 13, 2010 3:07 pm

    These look so beautiful, and I’m sure they taste even better. I love that the recipe is simple too! A real winner in my book. Thank you so much for sharing this with me! I hope you have a lovely week!

  15. gingerbreadbagels permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:07 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve never had toffee squares (and I’ve eaten maybe desserts!). These toffee squares are just calling my name. They look soooo good, I can’t get over how delicious they look and sound! I can’t wait to make these for the holidays. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. 🙂

  16. December 14, 2010 12:39 pm

    Those look so good. I am loving this recipe.

  17. December 19, 2010 7:19 am

    These look delicious. I haven’t made them in an age, but you’ve sorely tempted me. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  18. Kiyo permalink
    December 20, 2010 8:16 am

    I made these yesterday, they taste wonderful, they are so simple to make and look great wrapped up in a cellophane bag for a gift. Can you tell me if the bottom crust is suppose to be crunchy or soft? My crust browned in half the time given, about 11 minutes. The edges were crispy but the center was on the softer side. Mahalo!

    • December 21, 2010 6:49 am

      I’m so glad you were pleased with the toffee squares, Kiyo!

      To answer your question, in my oven and with the moderately heavy baking sheets I used, my cookies didn’t have a crunchy bottom. They were evenly baked, and were kind of like a thin shortbread consistency. I’m no expert on the science of baking, but maybe your oven is baking at a higher temperature than 350, or maybe it’s your baking sheets. I found this info about baking cookies: Hope that is helpful.

  19. December 20, 2010 5:37 pm

    toffee is becoming my new love!! I bet those cookies were delicious, and a six year old boy is definitely the authority on cookies!!! Betty Crocker new her stuff, I think we need to revisit more of those old recipes, what other hidden gems are among them!

    • December 21, 2010 6:50 am

      Thanks, Dennis! I agree, sometimes the “oldies” are the best!

  20. December 22, 2010 8:31 am

    Toffee makes a delightful treat for the holidays…Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

  21. December 27, 2010 7:40 am

    I wish I would have seen these before Christmas (not that I needed any more cookies in my house!) I think I may have to try this anyways though.. they look delicious and I love toffee!

  22. December 28, 2010 9:41 am

    I have never ever had toffee squares! I do love toffee (sweets are my weakness) so I know I would love this. We just got rid of a boatload of sweets but since I never get sick of them we just might need something new and fresh…

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