Salted Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I was a little girl I loved anything sweet, anything sweet!  My mother likes to recall a story of a visit to the Doctor's office when I was just about 7.  As we both sat down in the waiting room I noticed a bowl of candy sitting on the table.  I immediately asked, no, begged my mom for a piece or two.  She replied "Yes, Katie but only two pieces."  I quickly picked my two pieces and happily sat down in the chair.  Once the appointment was over my mom spoke to the receptionist and off we went to the car, until my mom noticed a crackling sound.  Peculiarly, every time I took a step a loud crackle was heard.  My mom asked me to empty my pockets, out came handfuls of candy.  She then realized I had stuffed candy in my shoes, pockets and socks.  Embarrassed she marched me back to the Doctor's office.  I apologized and replaced the candy to the almost empty candy jar.  The staff said they'd seen the whole thing and thought it was very funny.  My mom wasn't laughing.  

My oldest daughter has now carried on this tradition

I'm sure my youngest will follow suit shortly.

Yes, most children do like candy, love candy at that, but my daughter's obsession seems to be over the top.  Surprisingly, I've fallen out of love with sweets.  I still like sweets but they were a passing obsession, now I much prefer a delicious veggie pizza or crisp salad over a chocolate cake.  Hopefully my daughter follows in my gastronomic footsteps! 

A few days ago Ky was asking for a sweet, which I was craving a little sweet bite too.

One of Ky's favorite candies is toffee.  I must admit, I do still have a weakness for butter toffee.  I whipped up a large chunk of salted butter toffee, that Ky happily ate up.

I used the rest of the toffee to make toffee chocolate chip cookies, another one of my weaknesses.  My daughter was beyond thrilled to have two homemade sweets in two days, so was my husband!

Salted Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
Toffee Recipe Adapted From Epicurean Mom
Chocolate Chip Recipe Adapted From Martha Stewart

For Toffee (very easy to make):

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.

For Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon 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

Preheat oven to 30 degrees.  In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda; set aside.  In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment the butter with both sugars; beat 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 flour mixture, mix until well incorporated.  Stie in the chocolate chips and toffee pieces.

Drop heaping tablespoons balls of dough, about 2-3 inches apart) on greased baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake until cookies are golden around the edges and soft in the center 10-15 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.


  1. Cookies look great. I'd like a few cookies. :-)

  2. Love that story! I can just imagine the embarrassment for your mom! This toffee and cookies sound amazing! I love toffee, that is a weakness with me for sure!

  3. Ha-you have to watch kids every minute. Funny that everyone witnessed but did not say anything!
    These sweet salty cookies sound tasty-toffee is a great add in-yum!

  4. Hahaha!! That cracks me up... You were far braver than I was as a kid... lol! Those cookies look phenomenal!

  5. Holy yum! Great story! My daughter is a huge fan of toffee and we made coffee toffee chunk ice cream the other day and it took everything she had not to eat all of the Heath bars she unwrapped!

  6. These cookies look amazing! Your sweet tooth is obviously bred in the I am sure it will be for your girls.

  7. Cookies sound amazing and the pictures are lovely. Great post.

  8. These look very interesting and delicious! That last picture especially sold me! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Those look incredible. Your pictures are excellent!

    I just found your blog through taste spotting, but definitely plan to look more.

  10. Brilliant! Fabulous cookies! Salted toffee is one of the best yummies. I love the story of you thiefing the candy as an itty bitty :)

  11. Butter toffee & chocolate in a single cookie? Yum, that is my kind of treat!


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