A few years ago I was lucky enough to go on a trip to Nauvoo, Illinois with my mom, aunts and grandma. My mom’s Uncle Cal owned a travel agency and put this fabulous trip together as kind of a family reunion for his siblings and their children. There ended up being a few extra spots so I was able to go.
Let me tell you when my mom’s Uncle Cal plans a trip, he makes sure you stay at the best hotels and eat at the best places. One day on our trip we ate at this little shop called the Ivy Bake Shoppe in downtown Fort Madison, Iowa. The food was absolutely amazing and after eating a fabulous lunch, we all walked out of there with our sacks of goodies from the bakery counter. When we got back to our hotel later that night, we sat in our room eating our treats and tasting each other’s. Lucky for us, this great little bake shop, came out with a cookbook that my aunt bought gave to each of us.
These millennium toffee bars are from that cookbook and are absolutely out-of-this-world. They are gooey, rich, decadent and absolutely so not good for you, but who cares! I don’t know about you, but when I hear “toffee bar” I think crunchy. . . . .well these are anything but crunchy. They are so ooey and gooey and completely sinful. The recipe suggest you just try eating them with a spoon after they come out of the oven, you definitely should try a bite or two that way.
These bars are the bomb! Why wouldn’t they be, they have the magical ingredient sweetened condensed milk, which I believe is one of the best things on this planet!
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips , divided
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 3/4 cups toffee bits , divided
Grease a 9x13 glass pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, butter, and brown sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and the nuts. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of this mixture.
Press remaining mixture into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 8 minutes
Remove from oven and pour the sweetened condensed milk over the mixture. Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of the toffee bits, the reserved mixture and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Return to the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with the remaining toffee bits.
Cool completely before cutting, or just eat it warm right from the pan with a spoon (*I highly recommend you try a few bites this way!)
Recipe source: Ivy Bake Shoppe Cookbook