So something horrible has happened (besides, you know, me eating an obscene number of cookies). I lost, like, half the pictures I took whilst making these cookies. So forget about ingredients…lots of shots of luscious cookie dough…we’re getting straight down to business here!

I know we post a lot of things that are fun to look at, but they’re not always super practical. I mean, I’m pretty sure most people don’t feel the same way about their ice cream makers that Sara and I do. Today, I wanted to post something simple like back-to-basics cookies, but with a little flair that makes them extra-delicious. I believe this recipe was originally from a Hershey’s cookbook, but I tweaked a few things to make them extra-special. Their texture is perfect–a little crispy on the outside, chewy and soft in the middle. They remind me of how my chocolate chip cookies were in Utah, which is a good thing because try as I might, I just can’t get ’em right in Louisiana.
Not only are these cookies perfect for a weekend treat, staying soft for a couple of days (like they’ll last that long!), but they are amazing as the base for pizzookies. Excited? Ready? Yeah, I thought so… :)
Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
1/4 c. Smart Balance margarine (or similarly high-quality margarine)
3/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. packed DARK brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 c. Heath bits
3/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips*
1/4 c. white chocolate chips*
*You can use 1 c. chocolate chips instead of splitting it up between the semi-sweet and white chocolate chips, but the white chocolate chips make these cookies extra-special.
Preheat oven to 375. In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
Combine brown sugar, white sugar, butter, margarine, and vanilla in a large bowl until well-blended. Add in eggs and beat well. Slowly add in flour mixture and mix until combined. Add in chocolate and white chocolate chips and then mix the toffee bits until they’re just combined. Drop dough (I use a cookie scoop) onto the cookie sheets

and bake 8-10 minutes (10 is perfect in my oven, but each one is different) until the cookies are lightly brown. Allow to cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely. The cooling rack is very important in this recipe because the toffee will make the cookies stick to the pan if you’re not careful.

And then try and only eat one.

Seriously. I don’t think it’s possible. And I wonder why the diet’s not working…


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