Toffee has always been a favorite in the Clayton household. Mom was famous for her toffee candy (find the recipe in A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®). She packaged it in pretty boxes and gave it to friends and family at Christmas. Such an anticipated gift, if mom ran behind schedule with the deliveries, her friends would call me, asking if they’d been dropped from her list. When mom became ill and could no longer make it, I took over the tradition. When a toffee craving hits and I don’t have time to make mom’s recipe, I simply whip up a batch of these flavorful and easy to prepare toffee-flavored cookies to satisfy my hunger.
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Chocolate Pecan Toffee Bars

  • Yield: Makes around 4 dozen 1x


(From “Fresh Tastes from A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®” by Lee Clayton Roper)



  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate (such as Hershey brand), broken into pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 15- by 10-inch rimmed baking sheet.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until well mixed and light in color. With the mixer running, add the egg yolk and vanilla; beat until blended. Add the salt and flour and beat just until blended.
  4. Spread in prepared pan and top with a piece of waxed paper. Push down on the paper to spread the dough evenly in the pan. Remove the paper and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. In a small glass bowl, melt chocolate using the microwave oven (do not overheat or it can turn white).
  6. Remove cookie base from oven and immediately spread chocolate over top. Sprinkle with chopped pecans, pressing down lightly to make sure they adhere to the chocolate. Let cool until the chocolate hardens (I put it in the refrigerator).
  7. Cut into bars and serve.


Best if stored in an airtight container.


Lee Clayton Roper


I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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4 Responses to “Chocolate Pecan Toffee Bars”

  1. Scott

    These are amazing! I made them for a potluck event at work and they were a big hit!
    The only suggestion i have is to use a rolling pin over top of the wax paper. This allowed me to get the dough spread evenly and into the corners of the pan. Other than that, very simple recipe and very tasty.

  2. Sue

    This recipe is the best ever. I have been making this same recipe for 35 years or longer. And every year this is the top request for Christmas. So every year I make them now. Use to make them when ever, now Christmas only. You will love them!
    Only for the top I melt 1/2 bag of chocolate chips and 1/2 bag of butterscotch chips together, and spread. Everyone loves them!

    • Lee Roper

      I love this idea for the top. I’m going to try it the next time I make these cookies!


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