Comfort food means different things to different people. If I asked 15 people what was comfort food for them I would get 15 different answers. For my husband, it usually involves fried chicken and mac and cheese – for me it varies by my mood. Sometimes it’s a good southern fried chicken dinner, sometimes it’s a salty bag of chips, other times it’s a warm chewy chocolate chip cookie. When the chocolate chip cookie craving happens, this is my “go to” recipe.
This is a simple recipe developed by America’s Test kitchen. It can hold up to 3 cups of any mix-ins you like. Dried fruit, candy, or any type of chip (white chocolate, peanut butter, etc) would work. I like the combination of toffee and chocolate chips. Toffee adds a sweet buttery undertone similar to caramel which I love with semisweet chocolate. I used toffee chips but you could also crush up some toffee bars or homemade toffee candy. I’ve been saving a bag of 62% cacao chocolate chunks since BlogHer Food in May waiting on the right recipe inspiration. 62% cacao is a semisweet chocolate, which is perfect for these bars – not too sweet.
Mix butter, sugar, and wet ingredients. Fold in dry ingredients.
Add mix-ins and turn out into pan.
Press into pan and bake.
Toffee Walnut Chocolate Chip Bars
- 2 1/8 c (10.5 ounces) all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp table salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 12 tbsp unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks) melted and cooled
- 1 c light brown sugar
- 1/2 c white granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 c semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chips
- 1/2 c toffee chips
- 1/2 c chopped walnuts
- Heat oven to 325 degrees.
- Line 13 x 9 pan with 2 sheets of foil. Lay one lengthwise and one across. Leave a couple inches of overlap so you have handles to pull bars out when cooked.
- Mix flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl.
- Whisk together butter and sugars together in other medium bowl. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix until well combined.
- Fold in dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Add chocolate chips, walnuts, and toffee.Turn batter out onto 13 x 9 pan.
- Bake until golden brown – 27 to 30 minutes.
Equipment needed: 2 medium mixing bowls, 13 x 9 baking pan
Number of servings (yield): 24