On the 4th of July, our neighbors invited us on their family hike to Willow Lake. Every year they go on the same hike to celebrate the 4th. We were thrilled when they invited us to join them. It isn’t a long hike, but a beautiful one. They told us we didn’t need to bring anything, but I baked pie plate chocolate chip toffee cookies to share with the group.
We had perfect weather for the hike-clear blue skies, sunshine, and a nice cool breeze. The Utah mountains are abnormally green this summer. We passed through meadows of lush green plants and trees. There were also bursts of color from various wildflowers growing along the hiking trail. It was nice to soak in mother nature’s tremendous beauty.
When we passed the lake, we found a nice little spot to have a picnic lunch. We brought fruit, sandwiches, crackers and hummus, the usual picnic fare, but our friends made hot mac n’ cheese and noodles with their camping cooking equipment. I was impressed. Who said you couldn’t have a hot meal on top of a mountain? I don’t camp, so I guess I’m not aware of the possibilities:) When we finished eating lunch, I passed around the pie plate chocolate chip toffee cookies. Everyone grabbed one with a smile.
These pie plate cookies are simple to make. The cookie dough gets pressed into a pie plate, you don’t have to bother scooping out individual cookies. I cut the cookies into wedges and packed them in a tupperware for our hike. They travel well and everyone loves chocolate chip and toffee-especially in cookie form. These pie plate cookies were the perfect sweet ending to our hike.
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Pie Plate Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup toffee bits or chopped up Heath bars
- Additional toffee bits or Heath chunks for topping
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch pie plate with cooking spray. Set aside.
- 2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until blended. Set aside.
- 3. In the bowl of a standard mixer, add the butter and brown sugar. Beat with the paddle attachment until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract, beat until blended.
- 4. On low, slowly add the flour mixture. Mix just until the flour is incorporated. Add the chocolate chips and toffee. Mix until just combined.
- 5. Scrape the dough into the prepared pie plate. Spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle additional toffee over the dough.
- 6. Bake for 27-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.
- 7. Cut cookies into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.
- *Note-feel free to try other mix ins-butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, M&M's etc. These pie plate cookies are also great with ice cream.
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I”m thinking this should be eaten warm with vanilla ice cream on top. It sounds like a great way to celebrate the 4th.
That looks delicious! Looks soft and chewy, yum!
mm i love how easy this is by baking it in a pie plate!
This looks and sounds delicious. Perfect for a summer picnic ;).
The cookies look wonderful, Maria. They were perfect to take on a hike. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary
Yum to toffee bits! Awesome to pie plate cookies! Yay for hiking in the mountains!
Willow Lake is an amazing place. How fun to go with friends and enjoy the holiday. Your pie looks wonderful, as usual. Good luck with the award, I keep voting 🙂
Thanks Cristie. I want to go back to Willow Lake soon!
Lovely recipe. They look very tasty, I am going to try them sometime soon hopefully… Perfect after a long day of work Id say!
Pie plate cookies are always the best. You felt like you were getting away with something as a kid, since the slice seemed so much bigger than a cookie 🙂 I love your recipe. I can’t wait to try it with the monkeys.
That’s the way to eat a cookie – BIG COOKIE HUNKS.
Sounds like a wonderful picnic day with a very sweet ending.
What a great idea, I’m going to try something like this soon. Thanks, you’ve lit a bulb in my head 🙂
This is a great recipe! I love the use of the pie plate!
Great idea to cook them in a pie plate.
Just found your site! It’s awesome! I will need to try some of your recipes now!
I’d much prefer cookies in pie form! Faster and easier to get done.
I love that these are made in a pie pan!
I like the idea of baking it in a pie plate. So much quicker. Next time I bake cookies I’m going to do this.
These cookies look great! I love the idea to bake them in a pie plate. Sometimes I really enjoy not having to bother with scooping out individual cookies.
This is such a perfect treat to take on a hike.
This could make my husband crazy, combining his two favorite things.
Making these for my sisters birthday treat today! Thanks for all your great ideas! Hope you and the Wee Pea are doing well! I’m so excited for you both! 🙂
This recipe is sensational! Maybe the best chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever had. Thanks!
I love this recipe too! 🙂
When you say one stick, you mean one half-cup, right? Looks amazing… 🙂
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