Chocolate Toffee Cookies

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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
¾ cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp baking powder
⅛ tsp salt
¼ 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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I'm very impressed by all of you who did that pantry challenge. I dunno if I could do it. These are great cookies! I've made them several times and they are always a big hit.

  2. i hear you about the hot @ss kitchen! i will have to turn it on soon as i have been wanting to make a sour cherry pie 🙂 congrats on the july spending–i need to try to be better about using what i have!

  3. Maria I am SO SO impressed with the monthly grocery budget goal and triumph!!!!! WOuld you mind perhaps giving a run down of what things you bought, etc. I have been trying for so long to kick out grocery bill down, my hubbs is a big eater though for sure!

    These cookies cookies look SOOOO good!!!! I love how you described them! mmmmmm 🙂

  4. Wonderful looking cookie! I can't believe that is all you spent for the month, you must have had ALOT in your freezer! I have $100 (grocery budget) to last until payday, 10 days and I am biting my nails that I make it. But there are 5 of us! It does make us clever to do these these type of challenges, so are you going out for lobster and caviar now!!

  5. So yummy looking! Congrats on going a whole 4 weeks without buying much!! That is so awesome!

  6. I made these cookies, but with only 1/4 c flour the dough did not seem like cookie dough. Was that a type O or is the dough supposed to be like brownie dough. I added more flour and then they did not turn out like your picture. What did I do wrong?

  7. Wow, just north of $25?! That's amazing! My husband and I are doing a similar experiment where we're trying to eat as much from our garden and pantry as possible this month. So far I've purchased eggs and that's it! (You can see how successful we are at the end of the month at

  8. Gaengy-I only added 1/4 cup flour, the dough is more like a brownie batter. Sorry you had troubles. Maybe try chilling the dough before baking it?

  9. Thanks for answering…I will give them another try! I loved the necterine and plum cake! I made mine with necterine, blueberries and raspberries! Thanks for the great recipes!

  10. If they are worth turning on the oven in the heat, you know they are worth it! congrats on making your challenge!

  11. I will be looking for a reason to make these cookies SOON! All of my favorite flavors. Great job, thanks!!

  12. First off, those cookies look amazing and I can't wait to make them!

    Second, CONGRATS on the challenge! That is awesome!

  13. Oh yumm…I have to know what you use for the backgrounds of your pictures. Is it scrapbook paper or what? Thanks! I love your blog 🙂

  14. The combination of chocolate and toffee is one of my favorites. I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

  15. Did anyone ever really try making these cookies?! Well I did. Despite the recipe only called for 1/4c flour and 2TBS butter (to melt with chocolate) but still followed the recipe to the ‘T’. And you know what I got, a very liquid, almost fudge-like in the world do you “drop the dough”. It wasn’t nearly dough-like. I had high hopes for this recipe – it being the first I tried from this site, but it will definitely be my last. Presentation and photos are beautiful. Everyone had such positive comments, but nothing about actually making it. What a disappointment. My ingredients wasted.

    1. My thoughts exactly. I found a similar recipe, and it says to cool for 45 minutes. My dough is inn the fridge and I hope this works. 

  16. Ev, I am so glad you posted this. A 1/4 of flour didnt seem right but I tried it as you did and all i got was liquid. i’m glad i didnt waste my toffee or choc chips. please fix this recipe. the pictures look great

    1. I got the recipe from King Arthur Flour. I double checked their recipe and it is only 1/4 cup of flour. They turned out great for us! Sorry you had trouble.

  17. Hi there! I really want to try these cookies so I have a few questions: what’s the yield of the recipe? and would it be better to refrigerate the dough before baking?
    thank you!

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