Cardamom-Coffee Toffee Bars

  • Yield 16 servings

These toffee bars have an unusual spice note—from the cardamom.


1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon very finely graound espresso-roast coffee grounds
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped, or 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup almonds, toasted and chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking dish with aluminum foil, letting the foil overhang the edges of the dish.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in brown sugar, vanilla, coffee and cardamom. Add salt and flour and mix just until incorporated. Spread mixture in bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until bars are golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately scatter the chocolate over the hot bars. Return bars to oven for a minute or two just until chocolate softens. Remove from oven; spread chocolate evenly over bars. Sprinkle with almonds. Let cool.
  4. When cool, lift bars from the baking dish using the edges of the foil. Use a sharp knife to cut.



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