This is my first month as part of the Secret Recipe Club and what a better way to get my toes dipped into the water, then to get to feature a recipe from a talented blogger, Katie, at Epicurean Mom. I have to tell you, her stunning photos of her beautiful children immediately captured my attention.
There were so many drool-worthy recipes to choose from that I had a bit of trouble narrowing down my choice, but when I got to Home Made Butter Toffee Chunks in Chocolate Chip Cookies, I knew I had met “the one”. You know in the depths of your soul when you have found “the one”, don’t you?
I am a chocoholic as anyone who has read a post or two must know by now. And I truly believe there is no better dance partner in the world for chocolate than a perfect chocolate chip cookie. Now, not to knock Katie, but in my own humble opinion, my very famous chocolate chip cookies were going to be hard to beat (honestly I thought impossible if I must admit the truth here).
But then my son, who’s seventeen, perpetually hungry and LOVES my chocolate chip cookies almost as much as his phone or computer, said verbatim when he bit into one of these toffee cookies, “I think these are the best cookies I have ever had!” I was glad I had done Katie’s cookies justice, but I have to say that I was a little taken aback that my cookies, which are tried and true here for a good decade or so, just got ousted by this tart of a blogger, Katie. Are you beginning to sense a little jealousy here folks?
Yeah, for those of you who have had teenagers, you know that stab through the heart well when your son or daughter chooses someone else over you; although for most of you the treachory probably didn’t come over a supposedly innocent cookie recipe. Well mine did, but I think I have gotten over it now and am just more than grateful to be introduced to this delectable cookie.
So for my first try at this Secret Recipe Club thing, I would have to give it two thumbs up, a high five and five stars because the recipes were hits, I got to find another amazing blogger and be introduced to her beautiful site, and I have a new cookie that will definitely make my holiday gift plate of favorites to share with family and friends. I have a feeling if you give these cookies a shot, you may just have a new favorite cookie.
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Salted Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
Toffee Recipe Taken Verbatim From Epicurean Mom
Chocolate Chip Recipe Adapted From Epicurean Mom and originally from Martha Stewart
The Toffee (very easy to make per Katy but for me who is a bit of a candy thermometer phobe, I found it a tad more challenging to get the toffee off at the exact moment necessary for firm toffee):
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
cracked sea salt for garnishing
Combine sugar, butter and vanilla in saucepan on low heat until incorporated (stirring vigorously.) Bring the heat up to med-high and bring the sugar mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Continue to boil until a thermometer reads between 280-300 degrees. Do not let it exceed 310 degrees or the candy will not harden.
The toffee should be bubbling and thick. Once desired temperature is achieved pour toffee onto a piece of parchment paper or a sil pat. Smooth out with a spatula and let cool in the fridge, for about 10 minutes.
Once cool break into small or large pieces. I store my toffee in an airtight container in the fridge.
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Butter Toffee
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (I actually made it 1 tsp baking soda)
1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup broken toffee pieces
Prepare two cookie sheets with parchment paper or line with a Silpat baking mat. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low, add the salt, vanilla and eggs (scrape down the sides.) Beat until well mixed, about 1-2 minutes. Add half of the flour mixture at a time combining on low speed each time until just mixed together. Add the chocolate chips and the toffee and stir in with a rubber scraper.
I like to use a medium-sized ice cream scooper to drop balls of dough (about 2-3 inches apart) onto the cookie sheets. I usually get 12 on a sheet, 3 across and four down.
Bake until cookies are golden around the edges and soft in the center 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack or take one right off the pan, dunk it into a glass of milk and sigh with complete satisfaction. Take your pick.
October 31, 2011 at 6:25 am
What yummy looking cookies! I’m delighted to have found your fabulous blog – love the name! I too feel like baking is my love story…so well put!
(from SCR Group D)
October 31, 2011 at 6:49 am
Oh I feel your pain…I remember the first time Mr. N chose someone else’s treat over mine. LOL! These do look good though – even for someone that doesn’t eat chocolate. 😉
October 31, 2011 at 7:31 am
Katherine likes her sister’s sauerkraut better than mine. I’m so over it, arghhh. But these cookies sound almost as good as your famous ones to me.
October 31, 2011 at 8:45 am
Wow! These cookies look amazing!
PS: Got lots of pictures of my babe in today’s post 😉
October 31, 2011 at 9:09 am
These look great. Congratulations on your first post in the secret recipe!
October 31, 2011 at 9:28 am
Hi Geni! I’m so glad everyone liked these cookies!!! Your cookies look fantastic!!
Katie @ Epicurean Mom
October 31, 2011 at 9:34 am
Hi! I just found you through the secret recipe club. Love your blog! I’m a new follower.
We would love to invite you over to visit our blog and link up to our weekly themed blog hop called Everyday Sisters Sharing Sundays. This week’s theme is SWEET and SAVORY! We hope to see you there. http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com/2011/10/everyday-sisters-sharing-sunday-19.html
October 31, 2011 at 10:01 am
Oh, another great cookie recipe to try. And another great chocolate combination – chocolate and toffee! Yum! Happy Halloween, Geni!
October 31, 2011 at 10:24 am
Wow! These are certainly different, and they do look like some of the best cookies out there! What a fun idea for a recipe club. Happy Halloween, Geni!
October 31, 2011 at 10:34 am
Seems to me a good cookie recipe speeds up recovery from any amount of personal-rejection based suffering. He’s only a fickle teenager, after all, and can’t be held accountable for terribly much. Good cookies, on the other hand, are eternal things of joy!
October 31, 2011 at 10:37 am
Not only do these cookies sound great, they come with a 17 year-old’s seal of approval. You can’t get a better recommendation than that.
October 31, 2011 at 10:46 am
Oh Geni…I do know how that feels when your teen talks about another mother’s great cooking!!! It’s one of those wierd mother things! What a fun event to get involved in!!
October 31, 2011 at 11:15 am
O MY CUPCAKES!!! This is so awesome, I just made these. I put the toffee chips on my homemade fudge also and keep getting request for more fudge. blessings, and Happy Halloween…BOO! OOOOO scary,
October 31, 2011 at 11:55 am
It is with recipes like these that I wish I could join the secret recipe club! One day 🙂
But until then I will happily stare at your pictures 🙂
October 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm
Yum! Dad loves toffee! 🙂
October 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm
I guess you had better make him some then I know you have the ingredients! 🙂 Happy Halloween Linds!
October 31, 2011 at 1:16 pm
Great addition to already yummie chocolate chips cookes…
Happy Halloween and have a wonderful week ahead Geni 🙂
October 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm
Happy Halloween Geni, your cookies look so yummy!
October 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm
Hello there! I got to your blog by a double avenue! Through SRC (I am also a first timer this month!) and through a comment you left on Eat, Play, Love – that comment called my attention when you said you like bloggers that admit mistakes, and feel more “real” – I am completely with you on this!
anyway, loved this recipe, although OF COURSE yours is as good or a little better… 🙂
November 2, 2011 at 11:11 am
Glad to meet you and thanks for stopping by!
October 31, 2011 at 6:22 pm
Happy Halloween! What tasty looking cookies 🙂 Sorry you felt a little jealous 😛 It’s always good to try new things! The secret recipe club looks fun!!
October 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm
Wow you made your own toffee chips for your cookies! very impressive 🙂
October 31, 2011 at 10:39 pm
Look at those mouth-watering cookies. N did you turn green with horns et all. Ha ha ha …. SRC has seen an over flow of cookie recipes this round, including yours truly. What fun, we are both in Group D, that means the chances of getting each others blog is likely. 🙂
November 2, 2011 at 11:16 am
Hello! I had a lot of fun being a part of SRC but unfortunately my kitchen is being torn up this month so I don’t know when I can get back to SRC. I hopefully will be back in a month or two. Glad you like the cookies!
November 1, 2011 at 6:11 am
I love the secret recipe club idea.
November 1, 2011 at 6:49 am
I really have to try these, the idea of the butter and sugar being all toffee like before it even hits the baking tray – yum!
November 1, 2011 at 9:34 am
I had the same thing happen in regards to my “perfect” chocolate chip cookies. A pastry chef friend gifted me a batch of his dough to make at home. I actually hated the way the dough tasted (which is a big deal since I’m more of a dough lover than a cookie lover), but man-oh-man those cookies blew me out of the water. I bowed down to him in acceptance later that week.
Of course, they were “professional” cookies — made with browned butter, leaf lard, and gourmet chocolate chunks — so mine still win in the quick-and-easy category, but I will forever be humbled by those heavenly morsels.
Thanks for sharing your story!
November 1, 2011 at 10:07 am
I think you chose a great recipe…these cookies sound divine! Though, I’m a weirdo and don’t like chocolate, so I’d leave the chocolate chips out. I know, crucial ingredient. Hope you had a great Halloween. 🙂
November 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm
Oh my GOSH. I adore making butter toffee. Just the smell of it is pure heaven to me. I bet these were truly divine. YUM!
November 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm
This looks so delicious, and thanks for the link to the secrete recipe club. It’s such and neat idea and great resources also.
November 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm
Oh those cookies.. I am in heaven look at that cookie dough. Geni.. you sure do know how to make me feel hungry lol. Love this post
November 1, 2011 at 11:53 pm
Those cookies look amazing, I want one of those freshly baked
November 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm
Congratulations on your first post in the secret recipe club! Seems so yummy these cookies, and how made me smile your expressions about your son “LOVES my chocolate chip cookies almost as much as his phone or computer…” This is exactly so delicious! But can I make this I am not sure dear Geni, first of all I don’t have kitchen thermometer… I think this is the most important item for this recipe… to know the temperature, otherwise it would be bad… But I noted on my recipes file. One day, I want to try because I am sure my son will love it too. Thank you so much, with my love, nia
November 2, 2011 at 5:47 pm
Oh my goodness. These cookies look amazing!
November 3, 2011 at 9:12 am
What a great combination, chocolate and toffee, heavenly.
Thank you for sharing.
November 3, 2011 at 9:46 am
Wow these cookies look absolutely delicious, what a great choice for SRC! Love your blog, so glad to be a new follower! xoxo
November 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm
I have some toffee pieces in my pantry- what a good excuse to use them up!
November 11, 2011 at 11:42 am
These sound delicious! I have a question – do you prefer using a combination of white and brown sugar? I usually use brown sugar for the chewiness factor. I will give these a try – I am constantly on the hunt for a great choc. chip! I’m happy to have found your blog!
November 11, 2011 at 11:50 am
I do usually use both for chocolate chip. Since brown has molasses in it, brown does have a distinct flavor. and I just prefer a touch of that molasses-y flavor rather than a strong flavor hit from it. I think it’s just a subjective thing.