Christmas Toffee Bars
These bars sandwich the nutty, buttery flavor of toffee between rich chocolate and a wafer crust.
FOR THE CRUST—
FOR THE FILLING—
FOR THE TOPPING—
Technically, toffee is a candy. But these bars have the same nutty, buttery toffee flavor without having to use a candy thermometer!
Preheat oven to 350°; butter a 9×13-inch glass baking dish. Crush vanilla wafers in resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin. Combine crushed cookies with 1?4 cup brown sugar and 1/3 cup melted butter in a bowl. Press mixture into prepared baking dish, using a measuring cup to tamp down crust. Bake for 8 minutes, or just until set. Melt 1 stick butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar together in a saucepan, stirring to blend. Bring mixture to a boil and boil 1 minute without stirring. Immediately pour mixture over hot crust, then return pan to oven. Bake bars an additional 10 minutes, remove, and cool for 2 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chips over toffee and let stand until chips are glossy, about 5 minutes. Spread chocolate using an offset spatula, then sprinkle nuts on top of bars. Cool bars completely. Remove toffee from pan. To break toffee into pieces, insert tip of a paring knife into toffee and twist until pieces break.
Press crust into a baking dish with a measuring cup. Bake until just until set.
Remove toffee from pan and break into pieces.