No-bake British Chocolate Tiffins

This is adapted from the Joy of Baking. The treat gets its name from a slang term for an afternoon snack. Most versions include butter and syrup, but this is a fairly uncomplicated rendition, using only butter and chocolate.

No-bake British Chocolate Tiffins

About This Recipe

Yield:8 to 10
Active time:20 minutes, plus 3+ hours chilling
Total time:3 to 4 hours
Special equipment:Knife, cake pan or muffin tin with liners, stovetop
This recipe appears in: No Oven Required: Real British 'Tiffins'


  • 1 1/4 cups of nuts (almonds, macadamia, walnuts or pecans)
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 11/4 cup (4 ounces) of chopped shortbread, digestives, or other type of butter cookie/biscuit


  1. 1

    Chop nuts and cookies into small 1/2 (approximate) pieces

  2. 2

    Melt chocolate and butter on stovetop over a bain marie until melted but not boiling, or melt in the microwave.

  3. 3

    Stir in nuts and cookie pieces. Press mixture into a parchment-lined 8-inch cake pan, or line a cupcake tray with 10 to 12 liners. Chill, and, if using a cake pan, break or cut into pieces before serving.

  4. 4

    If desired, feel free to personalize this by adding dried fruit (a traditional ingredient). Or, for a real American spin on the recipe, use honey-roasted peanuts and graham cracker crumbs.


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