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Heath Toffee Bars

Heath Toffee Bars – these English Toffee Bars have an almost brown sugar shortbread crust topped with crushed toffee and pecans for a delicious holiday treat! 

When I think of holiday cookies there are a few flavors and things that come to mind, but toffee is high up on the list.  I am a huge sucker for Chocolate Saltine Toffee to get that flavor and texture for sure.  It is just so good! 

These Chocolate Toffee Bars are a staple and a huge hit any time I made them.  Once of the most requested for sure.  But these Heath Toffee Bars are another favorite that we have been making for almost 20 years!

heath toffee bars on a plate


When I was in college I was given this Grandma’s Favorite Cookies cookbook. It was full of classic Christmas cookies just like grandma used to make.  My grandma was an amazing baker, her Oatmeal Fudge Bars are still one of my favorites.  But she never made anything like this before.  So I knew it was a must make! 

I am always drawn to anything with toffee, but crunchy, brown sugar flavored, buttery goodness just draws me in.  These start with a cookie base that is almost like a brown sugar shortbread.  Just simple so the toffee flavor shines through. Then you just bake and sprinkle with crushed candy on top.  So simple to make you are going to wonder why you waited so long!

heath toffee bars on a plate

These English Toffee Bars are quickly become a holiday tradition in your house.  Santa just might leave you extra presents if you set these out for him.  They are great for cookie exchanges as well. Everyone loves toffee, so these will be a hit everywhere. 

How to Make Heath Toffee Bars

  1. Start by using a mixer to cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg yolk and vanilla.  Mix until smooth and creamy.
  2. Next you slowly mix in the flour until it is just combined.  
  3. Using a spatula mix in the toffee bits and the pecan pieces.  Just fold everything together until it is evenly blended.
  4. Press the batter into a baking sheet in an even layer. 
  5. The bars bake for about 20 minutes until they are golden brown.  
  6. Once you remove from the oven sprinkle with the crushed Heath bars.  Some of the chocolate will melt and help everything stick together.  
  7. Let the bars cool for about 10 minutes and then slice.  This makes it so much easier to get out of the pan than if you let them cool completely.  

heath toffee bars on a plate

More Holiday Baking Ideas

English Toffee Bars that are so easy to make and perfect for the holidays.

Yield: 24

Heath Toffee Bars

heath toffee bars on a plate

Shortbread like bars with toffee bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 cup butter, , softened
  • 1 cup brown sguar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup Heath Toffee Chips
  • 3 Heath Toffee Bars, , crushed
  • 1/2 cup pecans, , finely chopped (optional, I did not use)


  1. Preheat overn to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter well. Blend in brown sugar, egg yolk and vanilla. Slowly add in the flour, and mix until just combined. Fold in the 1 cup of Toffee Chips and pecans if using. Press dough into an ungreased 15x10 inch jelly-roll pan.
  3. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven, and immediately sprinkle with the crushed Heath Bars. Cool for 10 minutes - slice into bars. You can remove from pan to cool, or leave in the pan. But you want to cute while still warm, or they are very hard to cut through.


Adapted from Grandma's Favorite Cookies

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 203Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 36mgSodium 109mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 2g

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Karen johnson

Saturday 1st of October 2022

I made these and they were absolutely delicious. Two observations: the bits in the crust dissolve, so only the toffee flavor and chewiness shines in the base, no added crunch. If you use just 3 toffee bars, your dish will look NOTHING like the pictures here. I crushed up four and it was STILL was scantily scattered. I actually would recommend five - maybe six.


Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Yum! These cookies have been put to our cookie list because they are so enjoyed in our house! I comply with a note of vanilla bean, which I used for this recipe with some lovely beans on Thank you Thank you. Thank you. Those are enjoyable sweets!

Jacque Hastert

Thursday 14th of November 2019

The perfect addition to holiday cookie platters. Time to switch it up with this in place of one cookie recipe.


Wednesday 13th of November 2019

I am right there with you, I am a huge sucker for anything toffee! These bars looks incredible!


Tuesday 12th of November 2019

One of my all-time favorite candy bars, this sounds absolutely scrumptious!

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