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Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Chocolate Toffee Cookies

It is hot in Utah. The other day it was 102 degrees outside and of course that was a day I wanted to bake. I try not to turn on the oven when it is roasting outside, but I came across a recipe for Chocolate Toffee cookies and immediately turned on the oven.


If you are a chocolate lover, these are the cookies for you. They are super rich! They remind me of brownies, but in cookie form. The toffee melts in with the chocolate and adds extra goodness to these cookies. Make sure you have a cold glass of milk nearby; you will want a few swigs after downing a couple of these chocolaty gems.


The house may have been a sauna, but oh well. These cookies were worth the heat!



As most of you know we have been participating in She’s Becoming Doughmesstic’s Penny Pinching Pantry Raid Challenge. The goal was to only spend $100 on food for 4 weeks in July-that included groceries and eating out. Yesterday was the last day and WE DID IT! We passed with flying colors too. We only spent $26.34 on food for the entire month!


So how did we do it? We didn’t starve, I promise! We love food and eating good food. We used what we already had in our pantry, fridge, and freezer. Some days we had to be creative to come up with a tasty meal, but it was fun. I did continue to buy milk and produce, but that was about it. Luckily, I had milk coupons and found great deals on produce.


My dad and Josh’s mom came to visit and they both spoiled us a bit. They treated us to a meal out and purchased some groceries for us. Some of you may consider this cheating, but I promise we didn’t beg them to and they do this all of the time when they visit. We have great parents:)


We had extra mouths to feed this month. Besides my dad and Josh’s mom, our friends from Colorado stayed with us for a weekend, with their five kids. Our family friends from California also came to visit. Friends and Josh’s brother joined us for a couple of meals during the month. We love entertaining and I wasn’t going to let the food challenge change that.


We made sure we had plenty of food for our guests-we made them special breakfasts-whole wheat waffles, pancakes, banana bread, etc. We grilled out a lot-using the chicken and fish we had in the freezer. We made homemade pizza, baked our own bread, created new pasta dishes, salads, and sandwiches. We actually did a lot of cooking. I didn’t stop baking either. We had to offer sweet treats to our guests:) I just used the ingredients I had on hand.


Eating out wasn’t too much of a temptation. I always pack our lunches for work and we usually make dinner at home. I know Josh wanted to eat out a couple of times and I had to put my foot down, but he really was a good sport.


All said and done, I think we did a good job. I don’t know if I will stick to a $100 food budget every month, but I certainly will try.



Chocolate Toffee Rounds

Recipe from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion


(Printable Recipes)


8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 TBS unsalted butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup toffee bits ( I used chopped up Heath bars)
1 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease (or line with parchment paper) two baking sheets.

In the microwave or in a saucepan over very low heat melt the chocolate and butter together, stirring until smooth. Set the mixture aside to cool to lukewarm.


In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, and salt. Beat in the melted chocolate, then stir in the flour, toffee bits, and chocolate chips.


Drop the dough by the tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes or until the tops are cracked and dry, but the cookies are still soft to the touch. Don’t overbake these; they’ll become firm as they cool.


Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

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77 Responses to “Chocolate Toffee Cookies”

  1. 1
    Barbara Bakes — July 29, 2009 @ 5:12 am

    Such a beautiful cookie!

  2. 2
    Tania — July 29, 2009 @ 5:21 am

    I am so glad you posted this recipe – I have been dreaming about what these cookies would taste like!

    Thank you!!

    Tania

  3. 3
    Donna-FFW — July 29, 2009 @ 5:39 am

    Oh Yum! they look decadent. Love the description brownie in cookie form!:)

  4. 4
    Erica — July 29, 2009 @ 5:56 am

    Yayyyyy for cookies :) They always make the week just a little bit better. I bet the chocolate/toffee combo in these is just perfection. I have so many of your cookie recipes lined up to make…I'm not sure I'll ever get through them!

  5. 5
    5 Star Foodie — July 29, 2009 @ 6:11 am

    Scrumptious cookies!

  6. 6
    Tracy — July 29, 2009 @ 6:13 am

    The cookies look delicious. And, great job with the challenge! I'm so impressed!! :-)

  7. 7
    Rosa's Yummy Yums — July 29, 2009 @ 6:36 am

    They look so good! A real treat!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  8. 8
    Foodie with Little Thyme! — July 29, 2009 @ 6:47 am

    OH I love toffee! Great job on the challenge. Take that man out to dinner to celebrate.

  9. 9
    kat — July 29, 2009 @ 6:54 am

    That is such a small amount to spend during a month we could never do it!

  10. 10
    Sara — July 29, 2009 @ 7:09 am

    These cookies look perfect! I love toffee and bet the toffee chips are great with the chocolate. Yum!

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    Lisa — July 29, 2009 @ 7:10 am

    They definitely look worth it!

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    Burp and Slurp~! — July 29, 2009 @ 7:16 am

    wow! Great job on sticking to the budget! I don't know if I could have done that…I'm not strong against temtations!
    And those cookies look marvelous!

    http://burpandslurp.wordpress.com

  13. 13
    Tracey — July 29, 2009 @ 7:17 am

    Your cookies look great – so rich!

  14. 14
    Snooky doodle — July 29, 2009 @ 9:10 am

    these look so nice and delicious! I ve just got some toffees which I d like to use. I ll try these cookies. yummy. Hope I don t eat them all by myself :)

  15. 15
    Pam — July 29, 2009 @ 9:41 am

    Good for you! The cookies look amazing – I love toffee.

  16. 16
    La Nouvelle Femme — July 29, 2009 @ 9:46 am

    Those cookies look great. And $26.34, wow! That's so impressive!

  17. 17
    Natashya — July 29, 2009 @ 10:00 am

    The cookies look great!
    And congratulations on your pantry budget challenge. My only fear would be having to spend hundreds at the end of the month replacing what we used up!

  18. 18
    Danielle — July 29, 2009 @ 10:57 am

    $100 for a whole month? I think my husband spends more than that on beer alone! LOL

    The cookies look fantastic! and YES I'm a total chocolate lover so I'll have to make these so I can have 1 or 2 or 10 and then bring the rest to work so I don't eat them all!

  19. 19
    A_and_N — July 29, 2009 @ 11:05 am

    that's awesome! :) Congrats on that.

    And chocolate – nothing can go wrong :D

  20. 20
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — July 29, 2009 @ 11:20 am

    Your cookies look tasty – I love brownies, so rich chocolate cookies sound perfect!

    You did an amazing job with the challenge… It's absolutely amazing that you only spent $26!

  21. 21
    Lori — July 29, 2009 @ 11:20 am

    Some treats are just worth the heat. :)I love toffee and these sound great!

  22. 22
    Kinton — July 29, 2009 @ 11:34 am

    WHOA.
    26 bucks for a MONTH!
    insane!
    insane!
    insane!

    I love it. Tell me more about the produce tricks?!

  23. 23
    pinkstripes — July 29, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    Those cookies sound amazing! Great job on the pantry raid challenge.

  24. 24
    Grace — July 29, 2009 @ 11:52 am

    i'd say these must've been phenomenal if it was worthy heating your kitchen up like that! they look tremendous. :)

  25. 25
    Mermaid Sweets — July 29, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

    Congrats on making it with flying colors.

  26. 26
    Esi — July 29, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

    Wow, you sure do make a lot of cookies! lol. Chocolate and toffee are a great combo.

    Congrats on making it through the pantry raid!! You passed with flying colors too.

  27. 27
    Katrina — July 29, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

    Yum to the cookies and great job on the spending–or not spending! (Food storage helps!)

  28. 28
    Michelle — July 29, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

    Just saw these on FoodGawker! They sound fabulous, definitely something I would love.

  29. 29
    Kristen — July 29, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

    You totally rocked the Pantry Raid challenge. I am so impressed!
    Those cookies look wonderful too :)

  30. 30
    lesley — July 29, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

    Those look fabulous!!

    Congrats on only spending twenty some dollars, that's awesome! It's amazing how far what you have really goes, isn't it??

    Your parents sound like ours … they like to spoil us too … we're blessed!

  31. 31
    Reeni♥ — July 29, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

    I love chocolate and toffee together! YUM!! Great job with the challenge!

  32. 32
    Connie Weiss — July 29, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

    Great job on the challenge! I can't wait to make these cookies!

  33. 33
    Manggy — July 29, 2009 @ 11:59 pm

    Yipes! Just over $3 a day is something I should strive for while I'm young, eh? :) Congratulations!
    Brownie in cookie form? Sign me up! :D

  34. 34
    Engineer Baker — July 30, 2009 @ 12:00 am

    Kudos on the challenge! Those cookies though – eek, what a temptation they'd be! I adore Heath bars :)

  35. 35
    HoneyB — July 30, 2009 @ 3:16 am

    awesome on your food budget!!!

    The cookies look delicious!

  36. 36
    CookiePie — July 30, 2009 @ 6:18 am

    Congratulations!! Sticking to that food budget for a whole month is an amazing accomplishment – an inspiration! And those cookies are yummy!

  37. 37
    RecipeGirl — July 30, 2009 @ 6:40 am

    Wow, I'm so impressed! I've tried to do these sorts of challenges and then end up failing miserably. I should try it again when my husband has a lot of travel scheduled for the month.

    These cookies look amazing (says fellow toffee lover!)

  38. 38
    Megan — July 30, 2009 @ 6:49 am

    Your cookies look awesome. I LOVE toffee. I'd bake a batch right now if I wasn't packing to leave again. Great job on the pantry raid. I would have never came in under budget like you did. I'm very impressed!

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    jenn — July 30, 2009 @ 7:12 am

    Wow, that's impressive with your grocery spending!!!

    That's one area where I wish I could save more money.

    Although there have been times when unexpected bills came up, or a car broke down and I've had to come up with creative dishes from what we had. I think if I had a bag of flour, some sugar and eggs we could live on that for a while. I made home made pancakes, homemade muffins, ate out of our freezer, and it all works out. I'm even more impressed that you did that when you had guests. I think sometimes when we entertain we go way overboard because you want to please everyone, and I think people enjoy what you make anyway.

    Great job! And my kids are going to love these cookies!

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    stephchows — July 30, 2009 @ 8:17 am

    Congrats on keeping the budget, every time I went to the store this month I thought about you and the challenge and was like MAN I spend a ton at the grocery store.. BOO

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