Chocolate Toffee Almond Shortbread Bars

That name is a mouthful, isn’t it? So are these shortbread bars: they’re gooey, rich, and full of chocolate, toffee, and almonds!

These Chocolate Toffee Almond Shortbread Bars have a thick shortbread crust and a gooey filling with chocolate, toffee, and almonds! An fast and easy bar cookie recipe everyone will love.

How much screen time do you allow your kids? I’m asking for a friend. (Kidding, I’m asking for me, because my babysitter is a Chromebook.)

Personally I don’t think it matters how much screen time Jordan is getting as long as she’s also doing her homework, getting exercise, and being a well-rounded good and respectful person. Kids work hard these days – a long day at school followed by homework, reading, sports, activities…it’s no wonder when they just sit to unwind they want to watch TV instead of playing dolls.

(I know that’s what I do after a long day – not even a book relaxes me after working. It’s gotta be mindless TV!)

As we head into summer I’m starting to work on an electronics plan: how to work a full day and not have her spend 8 hours on Google Drive.

(Although I must say, she’s better at Drive than I am. She creates slideshows on her favorite topics like a pro and she can draw lifelike images on Google Draw. In about 3 years I’m hiring her as my social media manager. Tick tock.)

This topic really has nothing to do with these Chocolate Toffee Almond Shortbread Bars except that Jordan watched me work on the internet so that I could post them. Total stretch, but whatever.

These bars are one of my favorite recipes. A thick shortbread crust filled with a gooey filling of toffee, chocolate, and chopped almonds. That’s what dreams are made of, don’t you agree?

Chocolate Toffee Almond Shortbread Bars (2 of 8)

I normally only make these bars at the holidays but then I thought…that’s kind of dumb. Why make something good only once a year? (Snowballs, anyone?) This recipe, in fact, is one of the only repeat recipes; that is one of the only ones I repeat year after year!

The base of the bars is a thick, buttery shortbread. When you’re mixing the dough you’re going to think it’s too wet. Don’t worry, it comes together in the end. The result is a super tender, thick, and delicious cookie crust.

One of the things that makes the crust special is that you not only incorporate almonds into the topping, but into the base as well. I always used to use basic raw almonds, but no more. Now I’m forever going to use Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Almonds in my gooey shortbread bars. You guys. THESE ALMONDS!

Blue Diamond Almonds

By now you know how much I adore Blue Diamond. The company is local to me, here in Sacramento. In fact, California produces about 80% of the world’s almonds, did you know that? Many of them are grown right here in the central valley.

This month I got to try the Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Blue Diamond Almonds. They’re oven roasted and they taste so good, just by themselves. We eat a lot of almonds in our house; they’re a great afternoon snack that Mel and I both enjoy. I’ve tried lots of brands of salted roasted almonds (regular and chocolate) and I gotta say, these oven roasted ones are the best and most flavorful.

It was only natural that I decided to try them in my favorite almond dessert, these toffee shortbread bars.

Once you pre-bake your shortbread crust for 15 minutes, you pour a gooey topping over the top. The gooey comes from sweetened condensed milk that’s mixed with an egg (so the bars “set” more than they would when you’re making a magic bar) and a hefty dose of chocolate, toffee bits, and even more chopped almonds.

The result? Soft, chewy, gooey, and crunchy. It’s a party going on!

I dare you to eat just one. Go on, try.

These Chocolate Toffee Almond Shortbread Bars have a thick shortbread crust and a gooey filling with chocolate, toffee, and almonds! An fast and easy bar cookie recipe everyone will love.

That is, if you don’t eat all the almonds before you get them in the bars! 🙂

Did you make this recipe?

Chocolate Toffee Almond Shortbread Bars

A thick shortbread bar covered in a gooey topping filled with chocolate, toffee, and almonds!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped Blue Diamond almonds, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place butter, flour, salt and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or use a hand mixer). Mix until smooth. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped almonds. The mixture will be wet to the touch.
  3. Place shortbread in the prepared pan. Spray your hands with cooking spray and press to a thin layer in the pan. Bake shortbread layer for 15 minutes.
  4. While the crust is baking, stir together sweetened condensed milk, egg, and vanilla. Stir in toffee bits, chocolate chips, and remaining 1/2 cup chopped almonds. After 15 minutes of baking, pour the milk mixture carefully over the hot crust. Continue baking for about 18 minutes until the sides start to look golden brown.
  5. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.

Notes:

You can find the Blue Diamond Almonds in the nut aisle of most grocery stores. I used the Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate almond varieties, but you can use your favorite or what you can find.

Adapted from Land ‘O Lakes.

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This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. All opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. These look totally delicious. I’m always looking for ways of adding nuts into recipes as my children won’t eat them straight-up, yet they are soo good for you. These are on my – to bake list!! Also with children and computers I think it’s all about balance. You sound as though you’ve struck that balance in your house. Sammie http://www.feastingiafun.com

  2. Oh my, they looks so great, how am I going to stay away from these.

  3. I certainly won’t say no to these delicious bars. Shortbread is one of my favourite cookies and topped with condensed milk and toffee bits and chocolate has got me craving some of yours Dorothy.

  4. So, I probably wouldn’t feel as strongly about screen time if I didn’t teach teenagers who are, quite literally, addicted to their devices. I keep a bucket in my classroom for phones because some kids can’t stop themselves from checking their texts or Twitter feeds every two seconds. If they can’t control themselves, they get the bucket!
    But if we’re being fair, I can’t control myself around toffee-themed dessert bars. These look like my kryptonite! So maybe they can have all their screen time if I can eat unlimited toffee shortbread bars?

  5. Maybe I should use these bars as a babysitter? Seriously though – my 5 year old gets very limited screen time. If she is lucky, she gets 30 min of TV time a day and a little bit of computer time at preschool (none at home).

  6. THIS >> “I know that’s what I do after a long day – not even a book relaxes me after working. It’s gotta be mindless TV!” Yes. Everyone today is so embarrassed to admit they like TV, but perfectly willing to spend all day at their computer. Not quite sure I see the difference. Anyway!…LOVE these bars to the moon and back. Can you imagine if mine and yours had babies? *mind blown* Blue Diamond is just the. best. 

  7. I totally unwind with screen time too! After a long day at work its so hard to concentrate on anything else. These shortbread bars look delicious, love how there is almonds in the crust and filling!

  8. I love when I find a recipe that has all of the things I love. Delicious flavors, awesome textures, and of course, chocolate. Not to mention that shortbread is one of my guilty pleasure cookies! These look amazing, Dorothy!!

  9. Dark chocolate almonds inside a deliciously buttery handheld little shortbread wonder?!?!  Please and thank you.  Sign me up!

  10. Ah, yes, I want some of these delicious bars right now. Totally agree with the mindless TV thing, it’s the only thing I can do after working a 12 hour day!  Pinning to make for sure!!!!

  11. First things first: Yes, I’ll take the whole batch of these bars, thank you!

    And secondly: Screen time for kids scares me. Screen time for myself scares me! I spend way too much time in front of a computer/iPhone/iPad and I don’t want my daughter to pick up on the habit. So I’ve started reducing my screen time (at least internet… We all need mindless TV in the evenings!) as much as possible to prevent her from saying “but mommy, YOU…” in the future. I don’t think it’s good to let kids hang around screens as much as they want but I also don’t think it’s good to forbid them stuff. It’s a balance thing, I guess?

  12. I’m 24 now, so a lot has changed in the world of technology since I was in elementary and middle school. I do remember being on the computer because I adored The Sims and Rollercoaster Tycoon. I also totally nerded out by writing on a fantasy role playing website. Haha. I swear it helped me with my creative writing. Anyways, I also loved to go swimming, read, and go to museums as a kid. As long as Jordan is getting all of that balance, it’s okay for her to have some downtime. 🙂 These bars…holy mama jama. They look amazing. 😀

  13. I don’t know what I would do some days if I didn’t let my kids play a few computer games or watch a little tv! Go nuts I’m sure, wait I already am, darn. These bars though look really really good! I’m a sucker for anything shortbread. It’s just so addicting!

  14. These look amazing! Yesterday I was watching a Barefoot Contessa episode and she made a pecan shortbread and the crust started with 5 sticks of butter. Then she used 4 sticks for the pecan/caramel filling. And it only made 1 sheetpan. LOL  Now seeing yours, I’m craving shortbread!

    Screentime. I wish I knew the answer to screentime. Right now I go with the unlimited route and threaten to take away all devices in one fell swoop if she doesn’t get her schoolwork done. So far, the approach is working since she’s terrified of losing them. Bribery still works 🙂

  15. I was going to try these, until I got distracted by that gorgeous photo of the chocolate chip cookie gooey bars – yum!  I restrict my kid’s screen time to an hour a day on weekdays (hour of computer plus one hour or so of TV on weekends); now I just have to reign in my own screen time! It helps that the RHNJ aren’t on TV anymore, due to Theresa’s prison time!

  16. The flavor combination for these bars sounds scrumptious. What more could a person want in a shortbread bar?

  17. Ooh these look lovely Dorothy! You can see how deliciously soft and chewy they are. Yum! 

  18. I agree that as long as you/ your kid spends ample time getting work done and exercising a little, screen time is ok. It definitely helps you relax as do these bars! They look awesome 🙂

  19. Whoa, those bars are absolute perfection! I can’t wait to try them. If only Chromebook was a better babysitter for my five year old. I kid (no, really, I don’t). I’m like you, as long as they are balanced, I think it’s fine. I probably spent most of my summers as a kid staring a tv screen, and learning a lot less than they do on the computer. I turned out fine. Well, sorta. 😉

  20. Umm love Blue Diamond Almonds…and these bars are killer! MUST make soon!

  21. Not only can I deal with the name, but I could deal with a mouthful of these bars, too. <3 

  22. The screen time balance is always a tough one – not looking forward to that battle during the summer!  These bars look absolutely amazing.

  23. Well I’m obsessed with toffee so right there you had me. These look wonderful.

  24. Agh computer time is tough. My daughter is already hooked to my phone and the computer (probably cause she see’s that I am on it all day long!) She already has opening apps down and she isn’t even a year yet. Oh well, such is the technology age. 😉 
    These shortbread bars are a thing of beauty!! Loveeee them! 

  25. After a seriously seriously long day, these are making me smile so hard now.  Thanks for making the day better hehe!

  26. These look incredible!! Wish I had some now. 

  27. These bars look amazing! I love how you added toffee to them as well, it adds such a unique flavor!

  28. I love those chocolate almonds but never thought to bake with them! Genius!

  29. I totally love Blue Diamond Almonds, I always have a bag at my desk at work!  These shortbread bars look so delicious and that toffee filling sounds incredible too!

  30. Um yes these are what dreams of made of. Shortbread, chocolate, toffee, and almond, I mean, what more does a girl need?? Well … maybe a Netflix marathon after a long day 😉 For reals though, screentime is hard. Maybe you should write a parenting blog on the side in all your spare time 😉 Pinning these!

  31. Again, YOU ARE TRYING TO KILL ME!  But what a way to go!  Thanks!

  32. Hey, just look at it this way – you’re training a future social media mogul. NBD. 🙂

    And these bars were so good! Hear that, comment people? They’re AMAZING! 

  33. I should not have read this post so late at night, now I just want a giant pile of chocolate almonds!

  34. 1-I watched sooo much Tv as a kid (and still do) and people always gave me and my mom crap about it but I  also played outside, and read, and yes I did my homework in front of the TV but I got straight A’s soooo…? My point is I think Jordan’s gonna be juuust fine!
    2-TOFFEE TOFFEE TOFFEEEEE
    3-I love Blue Diamon too! Omg so much yumminess in this post!

  35. powdered sugar ..is this icing sugar or castor sugar for those of us in the southern hemisphere?  Australia  and is there a substitute for almond paste cause i dont think we get that here..

  36. I made these bars according to the directions and was disappointed when all the little chocolate ships started melting on the hot crust, so that when I used a spatula to even it out over the crust I just got smears of chocolate instead of chips. Next time I’m using full sized chips so hopefully there will be some of the “chip” left.

    • I’m sorry that happened! I didn’t notice it when I was making my bars. I just poured it all on and put it back into the oven. Bigger chips would work too, if you prefer!

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