Chocolate Toffee Blondie Mix

I am in love with these blondies. Like, really in love. The thing is, I’ve tried several “in a jar” recipes and they just weren’t good enough to forgo the tried-and-true bar/brownie and cookie recipes I already adore.

Until these babies. They are a fantastic addition to the Sugar Rush Gift Edition this year. And you have to believe me that as cute as these jars are, I would never give them out as gifts unless the end result was fabulous. Clearly, that required testing and baking the mix and all I can say is, an 8X8-inch pan of these delightful blondies was no match for me and the itty bits I shared with my family.

Chocolate Toffee Blondie Mix

Chewy (unbelievably chewy) blondies filled with chocolate chips and toffee pieces, they are ridiculously delicious. And they make the perfect gift. Layer the dry ingredients in a quart-sized mason jar, attach a little tag for your lucky friend/coworker/neighbor and you are good to go. They can bake up these wonderful treats whenever they get the hankering.

I’ve even got your back on the tag (click here for the striped tags or here for just the instructions).

Chocolate Toffee Blondie Mix

The packaging here is really simple. Jars. If you have a Goodwill/Deseret Industries or other thrift store in your area, they can be a gold mine for inexpensive canning jars. Just make sure to get the quart-size (not the pint-size). I attach the tag with my favorite attaching mechanism of all time: twine. Love it. Lots. I have many different colors and I use it for everything. I firmly believe that twine, and twine alone, makes me look a heck of a lot craftier and more awesome than I could ever be in real life. Pick Your Plum very often has screaming deals on twine. Get some; I promise you won’t be sorry.

Don’t forget the printable tags! Striped tags or simple instructions.

Chocolate Toffee Blondie Mix

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Chocolate Chip Toffee Blondie Mix in a Jar

Chocolate Chip Toffee Blondie Mix in a Jar

I know someone will probably ask: can you make these without nuts? Sure! But obviously your jar will be less full. You could try adding more toffee bits or chocolate chips to make up the space or just leave it with a little space at the top.


  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits


  1. In a quart-sized glass jar, lightly pack the brown sugar into the bottom. Sprinkle the chocolate chips into an even layer over the brown sugar. Spoon in the flour gradually and smooth into an even layer. Add the baking powder and salt. Add the pecans or walnuts on top. Finally add the toffee bits. Fasten a lid and ring to the jar. Attach the following instructions.
  2. To make the blondies, in a medium bowl, whisk together 2 large eggs, 4 tablespoons melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add the contents of the jar and mix well.
  3. Lightly grease an 8X8-inch baking pan and spread the batter evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until baked through (don't overbake!).

Recipe Source: recipe from tag from me

40 Responses to Chocolate Chip Toffee Blondie Mix in a Jar

  1. barb says:

    Hi Mel… If I wanted to bake a large batch of these, could I double the recipe for a sheet pan? Or would I triple it?

  2. sarah says:

    what do you print the tags on? all of the templates I’ve seen online seem to be smaller than this. thanks

  3. Ashley says:

    I made these as Christmas gifts for my coworkers a couple weeks back and they were a huge hit! Thank you for also including the printable tags – those worked perfectly after I picked up some twine at the local craft store. I must admit, I didn’t have time to make a batch of these before giving them and I was nervous as to how they would turn out. Two days before Christmas I got a call from one of the people I gave one to saying how delicious they were and that the whole pan was devoured in minutes. After that, I had to make a batch myself and ended up including them as one of my Christmas Day desserts. They were a huge hit at my get-together as well – so soft and gooey. I opted to use walnuts instead of the pecans. Thanks for sharing a tasty fun recipe!

  4. Melanee says:

    Made 20 of these for primary leaders at church and decided I should bake a batch and make sure they were tasty ( as if I even questioned. ) I literally ate half the pan straight out of the oven. Shouldn’t admit that but it’s true. I guess you could say they are good enough to hand out on Sunday 🙂 thanks Mel for making it such an easy and enjoyable process, the printable tags are the icing on the cake!

  5. Elyse says:

    My second batch turned out so much better than the first!! No need to edit the tags — we handed them out as gifts to officers and staff at our church today. Thank you!!

  6. Barbara says:

    I am not a fan of bar cookies; but these are great!!

  7. […] at 350 degrees for 25-30 min. until baked through.  Don’t over bake!) If you go to Mel’s Kitchen Cafe blog – you can print the recipe and also the little tags to attach.  Recently, I had lunch […]

  8. Kathi says:

    You just solved my ‘what to make my co-workers for Christmas’ dilemma! Perfect, so excited! What a clever post and great pic! Thank you!

  9. Got this as a gift thanks to YOU! Merry Christmas.

  10. Nichole says:


  11. Elyse says:

    These look very yummy! But I just tried to make them (as a trial run before I jar them up and give as gifts) — and they didn’t cook in the middle after almost 40 minutes. Any suggestions? I’d really love to give these as gifts and not scrap the whole idea……

    • Mel says:

      Elyse – did you keep them in the oven until they were baked through? Adding several minutes onto the baking time may be necessary depending on exact oven temperature and things like that. I put the amount of time in the recipe needed for my oven but 40+ minutes is ok as long as the edges don’t get really overbaked. Also, keep in mind that they are pretty chewy/gooey in the middle. I’m not suggesting they should be raw but they will be soft, like a brownie. Let me know what you think – I can edit the tag for you if you want to tell your friends to bake them longer.

  12. That looks so good!!! and so pretty! I am definitely going to make these this year.
    I love your blog, Mel. I am French, but I lived in the US a few years ago, and reading (and making) your recipes remind me such sweet memories! Thank you for your amazing work.

  13. Kim in MD says:

    I totally agree with you about most recipes in a jar- they always fall short on flavor for some reason. I trust you that these are delicious, and the presentation is adorable! I love the printable tag, Mel!

  14. THANK YOU. I was looking for some ideas for cookie mixes in jars. Do you think I could use some oats there too, I might add a little. Love oats. Thanks!

  15. Mom 2 3 Boys says:

    Mel –
    I know you sometimes use white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flower – can either be used in this recipe and if so at equal quantities as the AP Flour?

  16. Anna says:

    Absolutely love and appreciate your comforting little blog. I get so sick and tired of the self-absorbed, ingratiating, glitzy “blender giveaway if you like my Facebook page”-type blogs that I’ve been madly unsubscribing to all the food blogs I used to excitedly follow. Yours is tried and true, I feel almost relieved when I browse through your posts like I’m rifling through a good friend’s recipe cards. And it doesn’t hurt that you post un-be-lie able recipes like Smothered Sweet Pork Burritos and Apple Cider Muffins!

  17. Regina P says:

    Hi Mel! 1st of all, i love your site, everything is so tasty!!!!
    I have a question about the free tag, did you make that yourself? if so, what program did you use? I have been trying to make some tags myself but can’t figure it out!

  18. I like treats from jars in general. It’s so much fun to eat from it and I collect jars, so I have way too many. Always happy to use it and share with friends.

  19. Isabelle says:

    Sorry about the misinformation–I was thinking peanuts!

  20. I like your idea of using butterscotch chips since I wouldn’t be using the nuts or toffee bits. They may not turn out as good, but I think it’s worth a try! Thanks!

    Another comment mentioned that the Heath toffee bits don’t contain nuts, but based on the ingredients listed on their website, they do (almonds), unfortunately.

    • Mel says:

      Erika – if you are normally able to sub gluten-free flour for all-purpose in baked goods like this then it might be worth a try. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure.

      foodwithpictures – yep, you are right about the nuts. Heath toffee bits do have nuts in them and should not be used for anyone with a nut allergy (I learned that a few years ago when baking for some friends with allergies; I was grateful their mom alerted me ahead of time!).

  21. Help! I’m already gaining weight just looking at these amazing recipes! Great gift.

  22. Erika says:

    These look wonderful! Do you think if I replaced the flour with a gluten-free all purpose flour, it would still work?

  23. What a great idea for gifts! 🙂

  24. Renay says:

    Super cute idea for neighbor gifts! I love stuff in jars. If you use a wide-mouth funnel that you can get for about $1, it makes putting everything in the jar really slick and no mess!

  25. Isabelle says:

    Alice, you can buy Heath toffee bits in most grocery stores in the aisle with the chocolate chips.

    Foodwithpictures, Heath toffee bits don’t contain nuts (though they may be processed in a factory that also processes nuts).

  26. Alice Marks says:

    Looks like a fun project! What type of toffee do you use? Not sure where to find it other than a fancy candy store. Thanks!

  27. Hmmmm…. Since I plan to take out the nuts, do you think this is even worth it, since the toffee bits have nuts as well? Any ideas for substitutions (other than additional chocolate chips) for the nuts and toffee chips?

    • Mel says:

      foodwithpictures – hmmm, this recipe may not be worth it if you are eliminating the toffee and the nuts. I wonder if you could sub something else? Thinking out of the box here, but maybe butterscotch chips or even mini marshmallows?

  28. I’ve always been skeptical about those cookies in a jar mixes. But now that you approve this one, I’ll try it (minus the nuts). I trust your cookies endorsements!

  29. Sheila H. says:

    I always think gifts in a jar are cute but never make any. I am inspired! One question though: Is there a way to get the ingredients in the jar without everything spilling?

  30. Sheila says:

    So impressed, so easy, and fantastic? Wow! Thank you for doing the research and giving us a great gift idea. This will be a fun Christmas time project for us. The kids will love it and be so excited to deliver these goodies to loved ones.

  31. Wendy says:

    This looks like a perfect project for my kids this year. Thanks for the idea! One question, though: is the butter supposed to be softened or melted?

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