Almond Toffee Bars

Adapted from Joy of Cooking
Yield: 8 x 8 square pan

Shortbread Crust
2/3 cup flour
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter
2 tsp milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt.
  3. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  4. Add milk and stir to blend. Knead until the dough begins to hold together.
  5. Press the dough into an 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  6. Refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes.
  7. Bake the chilled dough for 10 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Almond Toffee and Chocolate Topping
5 tbsp butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp milk
1/8 salt
1 cup almonds, chopped
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup chocolate chips
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, honey, milk, and salt.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Boil mixture for 3 minutes, uncovered. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in the almonds and vanilla.
  5. Spread evenly over the shortbread crust.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until toffee mixture is bubbly and golden brown.
  7. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.
  8. Let stand for 2 minutes, then smooth across the surface with a butter knife to partially spread the chocolate.
  9. Let cool completely before lifting bars from pan. Cut into bars.