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Two Peas and Their Pod: Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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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Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Such a beautiful cookie!

5:12 AM  
Blogger Tania said...

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

Thank you!!


5:21 AM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

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

5:39 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

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!

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scrumptious cookies!

6:11 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

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

6:13 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look so good! A real treat!



6:36 AM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

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

6:47 AM  
Blogger kat said...

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

6:54 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

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

7:09 AM  
Blogger Jersey Girl Cooks said...

They definitely look worth it!

7:10 AM  
Blogger Sophia Lee said...

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!

7:16 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your cookies look great - so rich!

7:17 AM  
Blogger Snooky doodle said...

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 :)

9:10 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

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

9:41 AM  
Blogger Hillary said...

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

9:46 AM  
Blogger NKP said...

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!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

$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!

10:57 AM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

that's awesome! :) Congrats on that.

And chocolate - nothing can go wrong :D

11:05 AM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

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!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

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

11:20 AM  
Blogger Kinton said...

26 bucks for a MONTH!

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

11:34 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

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

11:47 AM  
Blogger grace said...

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

11:52 AM  
Blogger Mermaid Sews said...

Congrats on making it with flying colors.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

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.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

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

1:33 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

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

2:19 PM  
Blogger Kristen - Dine & Dish said...

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

2:21 PM  
Blogger The Purple Carrot said...

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!

2:37 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

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

5:03 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

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

9:25 PM  
Blogger Manggy said...

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

11:59 PM  
Blogger Engineer Baker said...

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

12:00 AM  
Blogger Shelby said...

awesome on your food budget!!!

The cookies look delicious!

3:16 AM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

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

6:18 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

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!)

6:40 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

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!

6:49 AM  
Blogger jenn said...

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!

7:12 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

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

8:17 AM  
Blogger Biz said...

Um, I love anything toffee! I consider that "insulin worthy!"

Kudos on the grocery shopping!

8:45 AM  
Blogger veron said...

Yum. More chocolate!

9:49 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

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.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Chef Jeena said...

Fabulous chocolate cookies with toffee I bet they are so more-ish!

12:59 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I'm so impressed! I couldn't have done that!

2:05 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

When can you ship a dozen or so?

7:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

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!

7:57 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Oh man! I love the texture of these. So crinkly.

1:42 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

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 :)

3:44 AM  
Blogger Sara @ Our Best Bites said...

I've seen this recipe and wanted to try it. They look perfectly delicious!

6:03 AM  
Blogger Robin Sue said...

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!!

1:02 PM  
Blogger Country Cookin' Mama said...

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

11:40 PM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

With all those guests, I can't believe you stuck to your budget! Good job!

5:04 AM  
Blogger Gaengy said...

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?

7:58 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

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

7:17 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

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?

8:22 PM  
Blogger Gaengy said...

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!

7:48 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

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

11:06 AM  
Blogger Nancy/n.o.e said...

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

9:31 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

it is very tasty.


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3:47 AM  
Blogger PheMom said...

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

Second, CONGRATS on the challenge! That is awesome!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Mandy Bird said...

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 :)

3:32 PM  

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