chocolate toffee delights...

crunchy, toffee chewy awesomeness...
Here we are at Day 14 of our 25 Days of Christmas Treats Extravaganza!!! Yes, to answer your question, my jeans are a wee bit snug but I can't recommend a recipe if I have not made it. There are too many duds out there. My friends, I want you to be happy in the kitchen, not cursing my name. 

These lovely little delights will have you singing the Halleluia Chorus baby! These are tasty little numbers filled with coconut, almonds, shortbread and dark chocolate. They will make you the MOST popular person in your book club or at the office. Trust me...make these and be happy!!

Happy Baking, 
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Chocolate Toffee Delights

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup plus 2 T sugar, divided
3/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp coconut extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted and cooled
1 jar (12 1/4oz) caramel ice cream topping
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

In a small bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in extracts.  Combine the flour, salt and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.  

Press into a greased 13x9 baking pan.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.  Prick crust with a fork, sprinkle with remaining sugar.  Bake 15 minutes longer or until set.

Meanwhile, place coconut and almonds in a food processor; cover and process until fully chopped.  Transfer to a small bowl; stir in ice cream topping.  Spread over crust.  Bake 5-10 minutes or until edges are bubblt.  Cool on wire rack.

In a microwave, melt chocolate chips, stir until smooth.  Drizzle over caramel mixture.  Let stand until chocolate is set.  Cut into bars.  Store in an airtight container.