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Monday, 8 October 2012

Toffee, Hazelnut & Milk Chocolate Bars - And another take on the chocolate chip cookie

Makes 40 Squares, 30 Bars   |  Easy

Melt-in-your-mouth Toffee, Hazelnut & Milk Chocolate Bars

Cookies don't always have to come in the same old round, chocolate-chip-like look! Cookies can come in bars. These look very casual and non-fussy, a little extra homely! Because they are! Very casual, very non-fussy and ultra homely. They are gooey, luscious bars of chocolate-oozing goodness with a chewy toffee cookie base and a good crunch from the toasted hazelnuts!! What more can I say?

These bars are everyone's favourite at home. They are extremely easy to make, and really delightful to have. You can whip these in minutes! Bake and cool them, then slice them and place them in a nice cookie jar for snacks after lunch or with tea. If you tie a nice looking ribbon around a nice cookie jar filled with these cookies, you will have a delicious gift for a friend or neighbour...

Give this recipe a try, you will be happy you did :)

PS you can still make these in the round chocolate chip cookie fashion, and use the chocolate pieces whole instead of melted. This will give you another take on the chocolate chip cookie.

You Need
175g butter, softened
75g caster sugar
75g soft dark brown sugar
1 egg yolk, beaten
1 tsp vanilla essence
150g flour, sifted
Pinch Salt
50g roughly chopped hazelnuts, toasted
225g milk chocolate pieces (optional melted or used as chocolate pieces)

Preheat Oven to 350F. Grease a jelly roll sheet and line with baking paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, Cream butter and Sugar till light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Gradually add sifted flour and salt. Mix well. Spoon and spread the mixture onto the prepared baking tin. Top with chopped nuts. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes. Melt the chocolate on a double boiler. Pour melted chocolate over the toffee bar. Leave to set for a few minutes. Cut into squares or bars, just as the chocolate is about to set. Cool completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

You can also sandwich two bases together, while the chocolate is till warm, as in the pictures.

You can sandwich two bases together while the chocolate is still warm 

Serve the bars alongside a bold flavoured coffee, or with vanilla tea. A very easy, very quick recipe for the day when we are in a rush, or have last minute visitors for tea :) 

I hope you enjoyed today's recipe, and that you will give it a try, I would love to hear from you about your fixes for doorbell guests :) What do you usually serve  if you had just about an hour before your guest arrives? Do share with us and leave us a comment below, I know everyone could use some inspiration with this :)

Happy Baking ...

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