Cookies of Christmas: Toffee-Nut Bars

This is our last week in the series, the 12 Cookies of Christmas, as we baked our way through my Mom’s Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook she received as a wedding present in 1959. Some of these recipes were holiday favorites in my Mom’s cookie tins such as Russian Tea Cookies aka Mexican Wedding Cakes.  Others were definitely experimental such as Finska Kakor, and Nurnberger.  My daughters and I had a great time baking.

The recipe for week twelve? Toffee-Nut Bars, the cookbook describes them as:

Almond-coconut topping on melt-in-the mouth crust.”

My husband dubbed them “ Vanishing Toffee Bars”

My daughters liked them too.

Here’s the recipe:

Toffee-Nut Bars

Mix together thoroughly: 1/2 cup soft shortening (half butter), 1/2 cup brown sugar.

Stir in: 1 cup sifted GOLD MEDAL Flour 

Press and flatten with hand to cover bottom of ungreased 13 X 9″ oblong pan.  Bake 10 minutes at 350 degree F oven.

Then spread with:

Almond-Coconut Topping 

Beat well: 2 eggs

Stir in: 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together and stir in: 2 tbsp. GOLD MEDAL Flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt

Mix in: 1 cup moist shredded coconut, 1 cup cut-up almonds

Return to oven and bake 25 minutes more until topping is a golden brown. Cool slightly…then cut into bars.

As for our taste testing, here are the updated rankings:

First Place: Chocolate Chip Bars

Second Place: Chocolate Spritz (see a trend here?)

Third Place: Thumbprint Cookies

Fourth Place: Russian Tea Cakes

Fifth Place: Peanut Butter Cookies (this would be ranked higher, but two of the children do not like peanut butter)

Sixth Place: Toffee-Nut Bars

Seventh Place: Decorated & Iced Butter Cookies

Eighth Place: Finska Kakor (Finnish Almond Cookies)

Ninth Place: Pumpkin Cut-Outs

Tenth Place: Gingerbread Men, but these were my favorite!

Eleventh Place: Scotch Shortbreads, but a favorite with the over 10 crowd.  Great with coffee!

Twelfth Place: Nurnberger, too spicy, Mommy!

Please hop on over to my friend, Bridget’s site, the Ivey League where she is hosting the 12 Crafts of Christmas.  This week she is featuring beaded bookmarks and other neat gifts in her Homemade in a Hurry post.


About Mary @ a simple twist of faith

I am: a rookie at blogging, just started my blog in May 2010 when I became a full-time Mom. a child of God, a follower of Jesus Christ, a listener of the Holy Spirit, and a Catholic. Pro-Life, , Pro-Woman and an adoption advocate wife to a wonderful husband for 12 years proud and grateful mother to two beautiful daughters ages 5 and 3. a coffee drinking fool, so I can keep up with my little girls a home schooling novice using my kindergartener as a guinea pig a runner, it keeps me sane and in my size 8 pants an avid reader , now of Beatrix Potter's books a former workaholic & fashion follower a lover of chocolate, and wine, and the finer things in life, although I cannot afford them anymore!
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5 Responses to Cookies of Christmas: Toffee-Nut Bars

  1. Kyooty says:

    heheh must go get me some GOD flour 😛 they don’t actually sell this up here. Robin Hood is the flour of choice up here.

  2. Bridget says:

    We got our care package yesterday and we are LOVING all the cookies! And it was perfect timing because we had friends over last night and today who have also been reading your cookie posts!

    Thanks so much!!

  3. Pingback: Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Cookie Tray | A Simple Twist of Faith

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