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Almond Toffee Shortbread

"The topping for these yummy shortbread squares tastes like a chewy toffee bar," describes Darlene Brenden of Salem, Oregon. "If you can't find the toffee bits, buy Heath candy bars and chop them in a food processor."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    about 8 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole blanched almonds, toasted
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package English toffee bits (10 ounces) or almond brickle chips (7-1/2 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds, divided
  • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  • In a food processor or blender, place whole almonds and 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar. Cover and process until nuts are finely ground; set aside.
  • In a bowl, cream butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in extract. Combine flour, salt and ground almond mixture; gradually add to creamed mixture. Press into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine toffee bits and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until toffee is melted. Remove from the heat; stir in 1/2 cup sliced almonds and 1/2 cup coconut. Carefully spread over hot crust. Sprinkle with remaining almonds and coconut. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 137 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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