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Easy Toffee Brownies

Toffee brownies are hard to find in the world of gluten free baked goods.  And they are generally not something I would make at home.  Except today I learned that my friend Cynthia is coming over on Thursday.  She has been wanting to snoop around in my cabinets for some time now and today I “sort of” cleaned the cabinets out.  I didn’t really do much except shuffle some boxes and bags around so the shelves don’t look like a bomb went off.  The good news is that I now know I have way too much tapioca starch and canned frosting.  I also seem to have an abundance of walnuts, bread crumbs and quinoa.  But what did I find?  Half of a bag of Heath Bar pieces – and hence the brownies.

I don’t remember buying the bag of little toffee pieces.  I do remember eating them out of the bag for a few days and then feeling guilty, knowing that I shouldn’t eat them like that.  But they are SOOOO good.  A perfect combination of sweet and salty and chocolaty – and they stick in your teeth!  (I’m not quite sure why my computer doesn’t like the word chocolaty – is that a word?)

Anyway, I wanted to make something with this bag of Heath Bar pieces before I ate the rest of the bag.  I made a batch of brownies using a mix (I had a box of Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix) in the newly organized cabinet.  I made the brownies as the package directed.   Five minutes before they were done baking I sprinkled one cup of Heath pieces on the top of the brownies and continued to bake them.  When I removed them from the oven, I covered the pan tightly with aluminum foil and allowed them to rest for 20 minutes while the toffee melted more.

They turned out really well.  I wasn’t going to write about them because they were so simple but my husband made me share the recipe with you.  He loved them.  I never told him they came from a box and a bag (a half-eaten bag!).

Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest things….

So thanks Cynthia for making me straighten out my cupboards.  We ended up with a great new dessert and now I know I need to start making quinoa and using up my walnuts!

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4 Responses to “Easy Toffee Brownies”

  1. Try adding a huge scoop of peanut butter and walnuts to the brownie mix next time.

  2. next time–add about 1/2 cup of peanut butter and 3/4 cup of walnuts to the gf brownie mix. YUM

  3. Candi elm says:

    I am curious as I recently heard that chocolate has gluten in it. Wondering about the heath bars. Is this true?

    • jkcafferty says:

      Heath Bars are gluten free. At least they were when I wrote the recipe:) Things change all the time so you need to read labels carefully or check with the company.

      As far as chocolate goes, it totally depends on the brand as to whether or not a gluten-containing ingredient was added. Plain chocolate should be gluten free.

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