Oatmeal Toffee Bars

January 6, 2009 · 16 comments

in desserts/sweets

 

It may be hard to tell given that six of my last eight blog posts are sweets, but this blog isn’t turning into a baking blog, I swear.  I only have two more holiday goodies to catch up on and then there is a good chance I will be sweets-free for a while.  I’m pretty sure my overhanging gut will be appreciative.

When I was making up gift boxes, I already had cookies and chocolate, so I wanted something that was neither. I decided to go with an oatmeal bar recipe because it wouldn’t have to be refrigerated like a cheesecake or other bar, and didn’t have nuts or chocolate in it. I am a huge fan of nuts in my baked goods but am cognizant of the fact that many are not, which is why I try to limit them amount of nutty treats I include. 

I came across these incredibly easy to throw together bars at Hersheys. com. They have a great blondie-like base with oats added. I love the combo of the gooey blondie with the crunchy toffee. I never have quick cooking oats and always use regular. In this case I had thick cut oats on hand, so I just pulsed them a few times in my food processor before adding them to the recipe.

These were really easy. They tasted great, and got good reviews!

 

Oatmeal Toffee Bars

Hershey’s

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups (8 oz. pkg.) Toffee Bits, divided
  • 3 cups quick-cooking or regular rolled oats
  • 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

    2. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

    3. Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Set aside 1/4 cup toffee bits. Stir remaining toffee bits and oats into batter (batter will be stiff). Spread batter into prepared pan; sprinkle reserved 1/4 cup toffee bits over surface.

    4. Bake 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

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    { 16 comments… read them below or add one }

    Ally January 6, 2009 at 11:42 am

    ooooh, those look awesome. I love the blondie/toffee combo!

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    colleen January 6, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Oooh I think I need to make these, like, right now!

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    patsyk January 6, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Those bars look wonderful! What a nice alternative to the other treats you made!

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    joelen January 6, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    This looks awesome and I’m a sucker for toffee treats!

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    Kate January 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    These look so sticky – yum!

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    fingers80 January 6, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Ooh, my husband would LOVE these. He likes anything toffee. I think I’ll have to add this to my list of things to try.
    ~bensbaby116

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    Kevin January 6, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Those look so moist and gooey and good!

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    Erin January 6, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    This looks delicious! I love anything with toffee.

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    Peter January 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Elly, I hear ya…I have Xmas baking goodies to blog about too…might as well be January than July!!

    These look worthy of making the next december roster of treats…moist I say.

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    katie January 7, 2009 at 8:20 am

    These look so good! I love pretty much anything with oats. MMM!

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    Avidan January 7, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    These look really good, as does everything on your blog :-) I love toffee, I have to try these sometime !

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    Ivy January 7, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I bought some toffee candies to make some cookies but never got around them so they’ll have to wait for next Christmas. I still have a lot of “sinful” recipes I haven’t posted which has to be done now but we do have to start eating healthier again.

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    Allison January 7, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    You’d have to post this immediately after I just ran my arse off on the treadmill, wouldn’t you? Now, instead of an orange, I am wondering how long it would REALLY take to make these!

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    Kelsey January 7, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    This recipe looks wonderful, Elly. What caught my grammar-nazi eye even more, though, was the fantastic use of the word “cognizant”. Brilliant! (Feel free to say that in the voice from the Guiness commercials!)

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    peabody January 8, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Oh my yes! These scream eat me.

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    Maggie January 20, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    These sound awesome!

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