Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I wanted to make the ultimate toffee cookie, but I really dislike hard & brittle cookies as a general rule (biscotti is the only exception). Most of the recipes I came across were of the crunchy cookie variety, which just would not do! I took the basic skeleton of a softer-textured cookie recipe, and tweaked it to my specifications. Now, this is a cookie to be reckoned with!! Just as good the day after they're baked - store in a ziploc bag for best results. Chewy and soft, with an ever-so-slightly crispy toffee crunch, and nutty dark chocolate undertones. Paired with a tall glass of cold milk, you can win anyone over with these treats!

Chewy Toffee Cookies

*2 - 1/4 cups AP flour
*1 tsp. baking soda
*1/2 tsp. salt
*1/2 cup (1 stick) sweet cream butter, softened
*3/4 cup granulated sugar
*3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
*1 tsp. best quality vanilla extract (Neilsen-Massey is recommended)
*2 eggs
*3/4 cup Heath toffee candy bits (& extra for topping cookies)
*1/3 cup Ghiradelli 60% bittersweet chocolate chips
*1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND using a SILPAT baking mat on a baking sheet. Otherwise, even using parchment, your cookies may not turn out correctly (i.e. sticking to paper, flattening too much, too dark on bottom, etc.).

2. Sift together dry ingredients in small bowl (flour, b.s., salt)

3. In electric mixer, use paddle attachment to beat butter and sugars on med. speed until lighter in color and relatively smooth. I let my machine go for a few minutes, to maximize fluffiness. Next, add the eggs and beat until thoroughly incorporated.

4. By hand, gradually fold in flour mixture until well combined. Personally, I added the walnuts and chocolate chips to the dry before folding it in, but you can always add them after the flour is incorporated. It may seem like a lot of flour, but just keep folding and it will form a nice, firm dough. Lastly, fold in the Heath toffee bits.

5. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for one hour, or overnight.

6. Scoop chilled cookie dough and roll, by hand, into approx. 1" dough balls (or slightly larger, depending on your preference). Flatten slightly, and sprinkle additional toffee bits on tops of cookies just before baking. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned and cookie surface appears 'crackled'. Cool on tray for several minutes, then remove silpat from tray and place on wire rack. If cookies are firm enough, you can just place them on wire rack...I left mine on the silpat mat until they were firm enough to remove cleanly. Serve with milk or cappucino! :)


Posted by Petitfoureyes at 4:15 PM |


At December 4, 2008 at 11:18 AM, Blogger Kim said........
this sounds like it's exactly what I have been looking for in a choc chip cookie recipe...I am trying it tomorrow. Thanks!

At December 8, 2008 at 8:22 PM, Blogger Miss Bartholomew said........
I will be adding this recipe to my Christmas Cookie repertoire!


At December 10, 2008 at 11:15 AM, Blogger kk tries to be productive said........
I made these cookies on sunday and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! John and I were craving some plain choc chip cookies, so I tried them with broken up milk chocolate bars and left out the toffee and nuts. They came out crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. They were perfect! Thanks so much! I think I'm going to make them as xmas cookies too.