cookie butter-toffee bars

January 10, 2013

in Bars & Bites

Just when I thought nothing could top cookie butter, I tasted crunchy cookie butter. Now on the shelves at Trader Joe’s, I tried a spoonful as soon as I returned home from the store (taste testing is a tough job, but someone has to do it!). Though I normally prefer smooth nut butters, I found the gingerbread-caramel-cinnamon spread even better than the original with its crunchy bits of Speculoos cookies.

Cookie Butter-Toffee Bars | Tutti Dolci

My next move was to bake a pan of these cookie butter-toffee bars. Toffee bits melt throughout these tender spiced squares, adding notes of caramel. I highly recommend warming each square briefly before topping with additional cookie butter and a toffee sprinkle.

Cookie Butter-Toffee Bars | Tutti Dolci

Cookie Butter-Toffee Bars
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup crunchy cookie butter
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/4 cup low-fat milk
1/4 cup toffee bits

3 Tbsp crunchy cookie butter
1 Tbsp toffee bits

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray. Whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.

Place cookie butter and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until melted, about 30 seconds. Cool slightly. Whisk cooled cookie butter mixture, vanilla, egg, egg yolk, and milk together in a medium bowl. Add to flour mixture and stir just until combined; fold in toffee bits.

Spread batter evenly into prepared baking dish; smooth top with an offset spatula. Bake for 22 to 23 minutes, until edges are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached. Remove from oven to cool completely in pan on a wire rack; cut into bars. Top each bar with cookie butter and a sprinkle of toffee bits. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

Yield – 12 bars (serving size: 1 bar)
Calories – 210
Carbs – 28

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1 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel January 10, 2013

I need to grab a jar or five of the new crunchy specaloos!! You’re the one who brought it to my attention via Instagram and why I haven’t already made a trip to my TJ’s is beyond me. I love the combination of crunchy, buttery toffee and the spicy spread. Perfection!


2 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 10, 2013

I tried the crunchy cookie butter before I had the original and I have to agree – the crunchy kind is sooo much better! These bars look like the perfect treat to enjoy the spread!


3 The Café Sucré Farine January 10, 2013

Laura, these look and sound RIDICULOUSLY good! Yes, I discovered the crunchy cookie butter too and I am hopelessly smitten with it! LOVE you photos, the light is beautiful!


4 Suzanne January 10, 2013

I love the crunchy and smooth nut butters. Your cookie bars look great and they sure wouldn’t last long here!


5 Patty January 10, 2013

Hmmm, crunchy cookie butter- I need to spend more time at Trader Joes!!
Your cookie bars are looking pretty good….would love one with a cup of tea right about now;-)


6 Valerie January 10, 2013

What? Crunchy cookie butter? Be still my heart! :D These bars look too scrumptious-I think I’d gorge myself on half the pan!


7 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) January 10, 2013

I still have yet to buy a jar of that – I am a bit scared to keep it in the house it looks so good!


8 claire @ the realistic nutritionist January 10, 2013

Laura these are PERFECT. Absolutely perfect.


9 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 10, 2013

Dude, you had me at cookie butter! And the addition of toffee now has me drooling.


10 Liren January 10, 2013

Goodness, bless you for taste testing :) I still have yet to crack open the jar of cookie butter in pantry. I’m afraid once I do it’s all downhill. And now I need to buy the crunchy kind, too!


11 Cassie | Bake Your Day January 10, 2013

Oooo I love this! A jar of Biscoff doesn’t last long in my house. I can’t wait to try these!


12 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers January 10, 2013

I’m envious. We don’t have cookie butter here. I can just look and drool at your bars. Sounds delicious, looks delicious and I am getting hungry! :-)


13 Kankana January 10, 2013

I have no idea what is crunchy cookie butter but I sure am going to look for it over the weekend!


14 Nina January 10, 2013

I bought the cookie butter from TJ’s and from then on I have just been licking them every now and then:) lol. Its time to make use of it and bake something delicious.I am bookmarking this recipe. Looks fantastic:)


15 Deb January 10, 2013

I have not yet succumbed to the enticing jar of crunchy cookie spread! But with these marvelous toffee bars waiting to be made I may making a T.J. very soon!


16 Minnie(@thelady8home) January 10, 2013

This sounds amazingly yummy!!!! Good one.


17 Nami | Just One Cookbook January 10, 2013

I saw your IG picture a while back and then I saw it in Trader Joe’s the other day and thought of you. Now in my mind crunchy cookie butter = you! :D I have to give this a try soon!


18 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings January 10, 2013

Oh, the things you do with cookie butter! Just pure awesomeness! Like Nami, I saw your IG photo…yummers. Wish we had a Trader Joe’s here in Canada…Hello, calling TJ’s CEO and Sales Team. We need one in Toronto!!!


19 Rosa January 10, 2013

Terrific! Cookie butter is ever so addictive.




20 Carol | a cup of mascarpone January 11, 2013

Laura, you are definitely the cookie butter queen!!! These are wonderful! Love the toffee bits on top!


21 Cookin Canuck January 11, 2013

A Trader Joe’s just opened here a couple of months ago. Be sure that I will be raiding their shelves so that I can make these bars!


22 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 11, 2013

Oh momma! Those look like trouble.


23 Kate@Diethood January 11, 2013

Goodness! LOVE THESE! And they look so purrrrty!


24 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 11, 2013

I’m such a fan of cookie butter than I made my own! Yes, HAVE TO! I love it a little too much though :)

These look so good! And the flavors are all fabulous!

Btw I see your mini donuts (last post) on all the food sites, Pin boards, etc they’re everywhere!


25 Jennifer | Mother Thyme January 11, 2013

These look incredible! I just found out a TJ’s is opening in Buffalo, probably next year! I’m so excited to get my hands on cookie butter and not have to drive 2 hours to a TJ’s to get some!


26 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) January 11, 2013

I was just telling one of my friends last night about your cookie butter recipes. Still working on that same jar about a while ago and let my friend have a taste–she loved it. Will be forwarding this recipe to her. Now I have to hurry up and finish this jar so I can try the crunchy kind! :)


27 Faith January 11, 2013

I have yet to try crunchy cookie butter – I’ve really been dying to though! I bet it’s wonderful in these little beauties!


28 Joan@Chocolateandmore January 11, 2013

Oh how I want a Trader Joes! These bars sound amazing!Good thing we’re going to Atlanta and the hubby has promised me a trip to Trader Joes. I’m going to stock up on things like cookie butter, just so I can make these bars!


29 Liz January 12, 2013

Did you say toffee???? Wow, these sound incredible…I have some crunchy cookie butter in my pantry that’s been waiting for this recipe :)


30 Coffee and Crumpets January 12, 2013

I am going to have try this cookie butter thing everyone is talking about. These bars look irresistible! Anything with toffee…yum.

Btw, I love your website, simple and elegant.



31 Anna @ Hidden Ponies January 12, 2013

I love the additional spread and toffee sprinkle on top of these!


32 Terra January 12, 2013

I brought a jar of this cookie butter spread home, and hubby immediately said, “please don’t bring that home again!” LOL, I guess it was that good! Your bars sounds AWESOME:-) Hugs, Terra


33 suzanne Perazzini January 13, 2013

I love the sound of these flavours all together.


34 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} January 13, 2013

I just saw this new cookie butter at Trader Joes yesterday. I can only imagine how tasty your toffee bars are. Love, love these!!!!


35 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking January 13, 2013

why don’t I have a Trader’s Joe around here? So jealous of your tasty finds!
the bars look dangerous!


36 Jennifer @ Delicieux January 13, 2013

Mmmm crunchy cookie butter sounds divine! As does the sound of these toffee bars. I love toffee!


37 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 14, 2013

I’m currently hoarding 1.5 jars of Biscoff! I am reluctant to eat it all because it’s hard to get here but I also know that it’s so delicious! This is a great use for it Laura :)


38 Magic of Spice January 17, 2013

I still have not tried cookie butter, but these bars look amazing…wow!



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