One could never have enough varieties of chocolate chip cookies in their baking repertoire. I created a version of Milk Chocolate Toffee Cookies filled to the brim with large hunks of good quality milk chocolate and melty pools of homemade toffee.
Making your own toffee requires a few extra minutes but is so worthwhile!
These milk chocolate toffee cookies are soft and chewy and a wonderful departure from the more common semi-sweet chocolate chip cookie.
Not that there’s anything at all wrong with that! But variety is a very good thing when it comes to cookies, so let’s get baking.
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Why make Homemade Toffee
Most toffee, such as Skor Bar or Heath Bar, contains almonds. And, since my daughter is allergic to peanuts and all tree nuts, of which almond is one, historically, she’s been unable to indulge in anything with toffee.
Until I discovered how to make homemade toffee! And believe you me, it’s worth the little extra bit of effort to make it yourself, even if you aren’t looking out for tree nut allergies.
The toffee bits you find in the store tend to be covered in chocolate, which is a good thing normally. But for these milk chocolate toffee cookies, we really want the toffee flavor to come through and take center stage.
When I tried making these milk chocolate toffee cookies using Heath Bits, I found the toffee got lost in the cookie and wasn’t really detectable.
When I made my own homemade toffee, on the other hand, I chose to keep the pieces large so they’d stand out in the finished cookie. And stand out they certainly do!
What makes these Milk chocolate Toffee Cookies so special
These milk chocolate toffee cookies are bursting with chocolate and toffee. And they’re super soft and chewy making them such a pleasure to eat.
Typically, chocolate chip cookies use semi-sweet chocolate. The use of milk chocolate and toffee in this cookie makes for a brilliant contrast of flavors and textures.
I choose to chop a milk chocolate baking bar, leaving the chunks in large pieces. Same goes for the toffee pieces. The bigger the better in this cookie!
The toffee melts while baking, creating beautiful caramely pools that aren’t too sticky or sweet.
And those chunks of milk chocolate give these cookies the perfect balance of chocolate and sweetness. I’m a big fan, could you tell?!
Tips for Making Milk Chocolate Toffee Cookies
- If you are not allergic to the tree nuts commonly found in toffee bits, such as Skor and Heath, and/or you don’t feel like going to the trouble of making your own homemade toffee, just buy a bag of toffee bits and use those in these cookies! You may want to use more than the 1 1/2 cups that’s called for the in the recipe, so the flavor doesn’t get lost amongst the milk chocolate
- When you’re making the homemade toffee, stay right by the stove and keep stirring while the sugar mixture comes to a boil. The sugar can burn really quickly, so don’t walk away from it. The whole process takes only about 5-7 minutes total, so its not very long that you’ll be standing there! Once the mixture starts to smoke, that’s the point at which I recommend removing it from the heat, stir for another minute or so and pour immediately onto a prepared sheet tray. Spread it in an even layer quickly as it begins to harden very quickly
- Even though the cookies get placed in the freezer for 30 minutes before baking, they still spread A LOT. This is because the toffee melts and seeps out. Plus, we want a soft cookie here and to create a soft cookie, we don’t add a lot of ingredients that tend to create solid structure. So, I recommend taking a large round cookie cutter or even the lid of a bowl turned upside down, place it around each freshly baked cookie and move your hand in a circular motion to get those cookies back into shape. It’s important to do this as soon as the cookies come out of the oven while they’re piping hot because that’s when they’re most malleable
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Looking for more Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes? Give these a try:
- My Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Blondies
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