Vanishing Pecan Toffee Bars

When I first stumbled upon this recipe in the recipe box, I wasn’t sure what it was. The recipe was nameless, scrawled on a faded and folded yellow piece of paper in a handwriting no one in the family could recognize. I don’t know who the original creator is, or even where my grandparents encountered the recipe. All I know is that it is delicious, and I’ve decided to call them Vanishing Pecan Toffee Bars. Why “vanishing?” Because within an hour of making these, every single one was gone.

Start by lining a 9×13 pan with Honey Maid graham crackers (Honey variety). Set that aside.

In a saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, and pecans over low heat, stirring it constantly. When it starts to boil, cook 5 minutes longer, continuing to stir.

Pour that over the graham crackers evenly, and stick it in the fridge to chill until it’s cooled, about 20 minutes.

Melt some chocolate. The original recipe called for a six-pack of Hershey’s bars melted, but I could only scrounge up one, so instead, I decided instead to melt a bag of chocolate chips (also from Hershey’s).

Chill that until the chocolate is solid, and then cut it into bars. Serve (and hope there’s at least one left for you!)

These really didn’t take very long to make… I started the recipe before dinner, and while it was chilling the first time, I was making dinner. Right before dinner, I spread on the chocolate, and chilled it again. When the dinner dishes were cleaned up, the bars were ready to slice and serve during a post-dinner game of cards.

What is your post dinner routine like? Do you ever serve dessert? Play games as a family? Watch TV? I’d love to hear about your after-dinner routine in the comments!


Vanishing Pecan Toffee Bars

2 sticks butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/4 cup pecan pieces
1 bag chocolate chips or 6 Hershey bars
Line 9×13 pan with graham crackers.
Melt butter, brown sugar, and pecan pieces in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
When it begins to boil, cook 5 more minutes while stirring.
Pour the mixture over the graham crackers. Chill for 20 minutes.
Melt chocolate and spread over toffee mixture. Chill again until the chocolate is set, then cut into bars and serve.


  1. We play games as a family sometimes but most of the time the family is on the run to many different activities. A good desert after dinner is always appreciated.

  2. Those look delicious!!
    We usually don’t have dessert unless it’s a special occasion or we have company. After dinner usually consists of me cleaning up, Darren retreating to the computer, and Jordie to the xbox! But at least we’re all in the same room together, right? 😉

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