These chewy toffee cookies are filled with gooey pockets of chocolate, crunchy bits of toffee, and a nutty flavor from the brown butter that’s all topped off with a sprinkling of flake sea salt for a truly addictive dessert. No chilling required!
Question for you: is there anything better than the smell of cookies fresh out of the oven?
Wait, yes there is – the taste of cookies fresh out of the oven.
And also that perfect crinkle of a cookie as it sets when it’s fresh out of the oven.
And puddles of melty chocolate that haven’t yet set, and may or may not burn your mouth, but are totally worth it.
Also cookie dough that you can’t help but keep tasting while you’re waiting for your cookies to come out of the oven.
Okay, let’s just say there are a lot of really great things involved with baking cookies. And especially with these cookies.
Brown butter gives it a whole other dimension of flavor, and you can never go wrong with chocolate and toffee together. And add a little salt?
Heaven. Pure, unadulterated heaven. These are toffee cookies taken to the next level.
I can’t take credit for the origin of this recipe, since I adapted it from a recipe on Bon Appetit whose pictures have been making my mouth water for the last year. I liked theirs, but to be honest I like mine more.
Honestly, it’s partially a matter of accessibility. Those chocolate wafers they use are WONDERFUL, but – in my experience – can be difficult to obtain. I wanted a recipe that could be made easily with what you probably have in your pantry, or at least the bulk of it. Picking up a bag of toffee baking bits is much easier (and cheaper) than that chocolate.
Another thing that makes my cookies so freaking good is that I use The Watkins Co. pure vanilla extract.
I’m sure you’ve seen it a million times, and there’s a good chance you already have it in your cabinet!
It’s award-winning and for good reason: because it’s a low-alcohol formula, you can still taste the flavor in your baked goods. And what’s the point of adding an ingredient with flavor if you can’t taste the flavor in the end product?
That’s just silly.
This recipe makes 15 good-sized cookies, so if you want more than that, just double the recipe – and note that browning the butter may take a smidge longer.
There cookies are addictive, so just keep that in mind if you’re considering making a bunch to keep around the house to satisfy your sweet tooth. You may have the best intentions and think that you’re going to eat one and be done, but… well, you won’t. I’m sorry. Will power has no place in the presence of these discs of sweet and salty excellence.
But, hey – if you manage to limit your consumption to a single cookie and you don’t break out in FOMO sweat, you get a big high five from me.
Reward yourself… with another cookies.
More toffee, toffee, toffee:
- Sweet Buttercrunch Toffee from Hunger Thirst Play
- Toffee Cheesecake Pie from Together as Family
- Chocolate Dipped Toffee Pecan Shortbread Cookies from Cooking Classy
- Butterscotch Toffee Chocolate Fudge Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction
These chewy cookies are filled with gooey pockets of chocolate, crunchy bits of toffee, and a nutty flavor from the brown butter that’s all topped off with a sprinkling of flake sea salt for a truly addictive dessert. No chilling required!
Adapted from Bon Appetit
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon Watkins pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 3/4 cup toffee pieces
- Sea salt flakes, for topping
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook butter, stirring frequently. After a few minutes it will bubble, then foam, and then quickly brown – at that point, turn off the heat and give it a quick stir. Pour into a large bowl and let cool.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and kosher salt. Set aside.
- In the large bowl with the brown butter, add brown sugar and granulated sugar. Use a hand mixer on medium speed to beat to combine (about 1 minute).
- Add egg and vanilla extract and beat again until the mixture is thicker and combined (another minute).
- With your mixer running on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture and beat until just combined.
- Use a spatula to fold in the chocolate and toffee pieces.
- Set the dough aside to rest and thicken (on the counter, not in the fridge) – at least 20 minutes, longer if you have the time.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F and prepare two baking sheets with nonstick silicon mats or parchment paper.
- Use a medium cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) to drop batter onto prepared baking sheets. They’ll spread quite a bit as they bake, so leave plenty of room – I usually only do 5 cookies on each sheet, just to be safe.
- Top each cookie with some extra chocolate pieces or toffee bits if desired, as well as a small sprinkle of flake sea salt.
- Bake on the middle rack for 8 minutes or until the edges are golden, but the centers still soft.
- Let cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes (they will crinkle and set during this time), then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
Keywords: cookies, dessert, salted toffee, toffee cookies, chocolate chunk cookies
A big thank you to The Watkins Co. for an adorable gift box full of various products for me to try, including my go-to pure vanilla extract!