Friday, November 9, 2012

Toffee Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Toffee Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

It’s all about cookies today!!  Have you ever had one of those days when you are just craving a cookie!  Well that was me on Wednesday!  I wanted a cookie, but wasn’t in the mood for just a plain chocolate chip cookie, so I hit the pantry again to see what I had… What do I find but a nice bag of Toffee Bits.  If you have never used Toffee Bits in your baked goods, grab a bag!  They are wonderful.  Usually they are more readily available during the holidays.  Faye posted a recipe using them last year called “Insanely Good Salted Toffee Chocolate Bars”. That recipe is addicting! You must try it along with the “TOFFEE CHOCOLATE CHIP WALNUT COOKIES” J!   So I decided to make a cookie using the Toffee Bits, Chocolate Chips and Walnuts. I love nuts in cookies. Funny, that is one ingredient that people vary on… nuts or no nuts in cookies.  I’m a nut person, but I bet they are just as wonderful without them. Back to the cookies, these cookies are soft, sweet , delicious and super easy to make!!.  The Toffee Bits give the cookie a wonderful sweet and salty flavor.  Since they melt a bit, they keep the cookies nice and soft even till the next day.  Definitely satisfied my cookie craving!  I hope you give them a try.

2 ¼ cups All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoon Salt
½ cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
¾ cup Granulated Sugar
¾ cup Light Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 eggs (room temp)
1 cup Toffee Bits (Heath sell a bag that is usually by the chocolate chips.  You find it during the holidays)
½ cup Chocolate Chips
½ chopped Walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350  (makes about 30 cookies)
1.       Add a piece of parchment paper to your cookie sheet. (Trust me, it worth the extra buy on the parchment paper so the cookies do not stick to your cookie sheet due to the sugar in the toffee.
2.       In a medium size bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Using a whisk, mix and set aside.

3.       In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, cream together the butter and both sugars.  Beat till combined and creamy. Add the vanilla and eggs. Beat till combined, but do not over beat.

4.       Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, beat until all flour has been incorporated.
5.       Mix in the Toffee Bits, chocolate chips and walnuts in a bowl.  

6.       Add the toffee mixture to cookie dough, stir in with a spoon till all mixed in.

7.       Using an ice cream scoop, make cookie dough ball and put on to cookie sheet with parchment paper.

8.       Bake for about 10-11 minutes.
9.       Cool on cookie sheet for about 2 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.

10.   ENJOY!!!

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