Layers of shortbread dough, sweetened condensed milk, toffee bits and chocolate chips make these chocolate chip toffee bars absolutely fantastic!
Simple and delicious, these chocolate chip toffee bars are a classic.
A chocolate chip shortbread dough is layered with sweetened condensed milk, toffee, chocolate chips, dots of more shortbread, and baked until golden and caramelly.
To be honest, these bars are very reminiscent of the uber-popular 7-layer bars but without the coconut and butterscotch and with shortbread instead of graham crackers.
How to make chocolate chip toffee bars
It’s simple! First, a quick shortbread-type dough is mixed together.
It’ll appear crumbly at first, but when you press the dough together with your hands after mixing, it comes together perfectly.
We take the shortbread dough up a notch by adding in chocolate chips. We want chocolate in every layer of these bars.
Second, the crust gets baked for a few minutes so it can set up just a little.
Next, it’s time for the layers!
- sweetened condensed milk
- toffee bits
- reserved bits of shortbread dough
- chocolate chips
The whole pan gets baked until the sweetened condensed milk has bubbled and gone from milky to caramelly.
The contrasting textures in these bars are so delicious.
The crust is slightly crumbly (in a good way). Then you have chewy, crunchy, and a whole lot of rich, decadent, sweetness.
These chocolate chip toffee bars are excellent cut into squares and served at room temp (or even better, chilled!), but they are also really, really, really good served slightly warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
These bars also freeze really well and happen to be a popular keep-in-the-freezer-at-all-times kind of treat around here.
Simple, go-to bar cookies like this – well, you just can’t have too many recipes. They never go out of style!
Recipe originally posted June 2009; updated December 2020 with new photos, recipe notes, etc.