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

Topping
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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38 Comments

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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;-)

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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!

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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!

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8 claire @ the realistic nutritionist January 10, 2013

Laura these are PERFECT. Absolutely perfect.

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9 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 10, 2013

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

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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!

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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!

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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! :-)

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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!

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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:)

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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!

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16 Minnie(@thelady8home) January 10, 2013

This sounds amazingly yummy!!!! Good one.

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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!

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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!!!

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19 Rosa January 10, 2013

Terrific! Cookie butter is ever so addictive.

Cheers,

Rosa

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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!

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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!

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22 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 11, 2013

Oh momma! Those look like trouble.

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23 Kate@Diethood January 11, 2013

Goodness! LOVE THESE! And they look so purrrrty!

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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!

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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!

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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! :)

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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!

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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!

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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 :)

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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.

Nazneen

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31 Anna @ Hidden Ponies January 12, 2013

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

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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

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33 suzanne Perazzini January 13, 2013

I love the sound of these flavours all together.

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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!!!!

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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!

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36 Jennifer @ Delicieux January 13, 2013

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

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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 :)

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38 Magic of Spice January 17, 2013

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

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