EASY Cookie Exchange Recipe

Today, I have an EASY Cookie Exchange Recipe for Toffee Bars. I really love this recipe and it was given to me by my Step Mother, Ann. I remember when I was little she would make them and they were AWESOME so I thought I would pay it forward.

This recipe is delicious, easy to make and is an EASY Cookie Exchange Recipe that you can pass on!

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This recipe card is what I made years ago for a cookie exchange. Have you ever participated in one? They are really fun. Basically you make a dozen cookies or treats multiplied by the number of people coming to the exchange. Typically, the host or hostess will provide containers for you to take your sweet treats home in. Just thinking about it makes me feel like I should have one for the holidays…. Hmm… another thing for my to do list… LOL

Toffee Bar Shopping List

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Pound of Butter/Margarine (I used butter)

1 Egg

2 Cups of Flour

1/2 tsp of Salt

1 tsp Vanilla

1 Bag of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

(Add a little more for a thicker layer of chocolate)

1 Cup of finely chopped walnuts

(Optional but definitely better with for the actual taste of toffee)


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Cream the brown sugar and butter together.

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Add the Egg, Flour, Salt and Vanilla to creamed mixture. Blend completely.

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Spread dough completely and evenly onto a cookie sheet. (It will be approximately 1/4″ and 1/3″ in thickness.)

Bake 20 minutes at 300 degrees.

Take out of the oven and turn off the oven.

Sprinkle chocolate chips on the top of the bars and place back in the oven for approximately 3-5 minutes or until melted enough to spread.

Spread chocolate across the top of the Toffee Bars.

Sprinkle Walnuts across the top of the chocolate.

Cut into squares on cookie sheet while warm.

It is best to remove the bars when cooled so they don’t fall apart and are more solid for packaging. ENJOY!

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If you would like a downloadable PDF copy of this recipe, please go HERE.

We hope you enjoyed our recipe and hope you will let us know what you think when you try it!

Thank you so much for joining us today and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.


#AwesomeFriends & an AWESOME recipe – What more could you ask for?


There are a number of things I am grateful for but what is life without great friends? One of my BFF’s in California also happens to be my neighbor. I realize not everyone is lucky enough to have a neighbor they consider family but Robin is. I swear we are kindred spirits. She is one of the sweetest, funniest, kindest, most selfless, generous and thoughtful people I know. She brought me fresh (I MEAN HOT FROM THE OVEN) Pumpkin chocolate chip bread the other day. How sweet is that? Well considering she started work early (like 4 AM!), came home mid afternoon and then was sweet enough to make two loaves for me, She is pretty darned AWESOME! She wanted to be sure I had a little something after I had my surgery-how SWEET is that? Yes, I have awesome friends and I am very blessed. With her permission, I HAD to share the recipe because it is JUST THAT YUMMY!!! So a HUGE THANK YOU TO ROBIN and from me to you… I am paying it forward 🙂 ENJOY!!!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Holiday Bread Recipe


1 stick of butter

2 2/3 cup of sugar

4 eggs

1 (1 lb) can of pumpkin

2/3 cup of sour cream

1/4 cup of vegetable oil

3 1/3 cups of flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder


2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp coriander

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp cardamon

1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg

1/8 tsp ground cloves


12 oz. Mini Chocolate Chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy; stir in eggs, pumpkin, sour cream and oil. Mix well. Mix spices together and add to wet ingredients; stir in thoroughly. Mix separately the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Blend the two mixtures together. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into greased and floured mini loaf pans. Bake 60 minutes or until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from pans and let cool on rack. This recipe makes 5 mini loaves. Enjoy!

I would love to hear your thoughts when you make it! It’s awesome and freezes well too!