Monday, February 13, 2012

Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies - ButterYum

For this month's Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned the blog Bitchin Kitchin by Ellie in NJ.  Ellie is a true foodie and her wonderful blog is full of savory and sweet selections, complete with lots of great photos that walk you through her recipes.  If you get a chance, you must check out her cupcakes (so many tempting flavor combinations). It's been a very hectic month in the ButterYum household, so I chose a simple recipe to share with you today - Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies.  And yes, Giant is an accurate description as each cookie measure about 4-inches in diameter.  These cookies are a bit unusual - the recipe calls for only 1/2 cup flour, but an entire pound of chocolate, 4 large eggs, and 1 3/4 cup brown sugar.  They bake up big and heavy, but with a meringue-like quality to them - crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.

My Notes:  The cookie batter is a snap to make, but it has to chill for 45 minutes before baking.  I used a # 20 cookie scoop to portion out the dough, which yielded exactly 24 large cookies,  I baked only 6 cookies per sheet pan, chilling the dough between batches.  Much like dipping ice cream, rinsing the scoop with hot water every couple of dips allowed the hard, cold dough to release from the scoop easily.  Plan to use several sheet pans as the cookies need to cool completely before being moved.  Also, I see no reason why you couldn't make them smaller if you wanted to - simply adjust the baking time. These fantastic cookie are even better a day or two after they're baked.


Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies
makes 24 cookies (using #20 scoop)

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
16 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
7 ounces chocolate covered toffee bar bit, chopped (Skor, Heath, etc)
optional 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped (black walnuts would work particularly well here)

(No need to preheat the oven yet - the dough needs to chill before baking).
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside.

In a double boiler over medium heat, slowly melt the chocolate and butter together until smooth (my chocolate seized a bit before finally melting - probably caused by the moisture content of my butter.  I just moved my double boiler off the heat and stirred the firm chocolate mass every few minutes until it relaxed into a melted puddle of chocolate goodness).  Set melted chocolate mixture aside and allow to cool to lukewarm.

Beat sugar and eggs together for about 5 minutes until thick (I used my stand mixer with the whisk attachment).  Slowly add the melted chocolate and vanilla extract.  Next add the flour mixture, followed by the chopped toffee candy and nuts.  Cover bowl with plastic and chill for 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350F.  Drop cookie dough 2 1/2-inches apart onto sheet pans lined with parchment or silicone (6 cookies per sheet pan).  Bake for 15 minutes; cool completely before removing.  Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

38 comments:

  1. I love toffee, and this looks wonderful. I'm pinning it!

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  2. I've made these cookies many times...one of my favorites! And I always make smaller cookies, too. Beautiful choice for the SRC~

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    1. I'm not surprised at all - glad I tried them!

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  3. Chocolate cookies are always a favorite , but I love the addition of toffee.. yum

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    1. Tell me about it - I go crazy for anything with toffee in it.

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  4. Yum, these sound great. There is always a time and place for a giant cookie so why not make one out of chocolate? :)

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  5. They look decadent.my boys love chocolate so these will probably make it to their offerings from me:0

    We have a Food Network show called BK here!

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  6. giant toffee photo! Wow, those look incredible.

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  7. Yum! These look amazing! I'm so glad that I got to make a recipe from your blog for the SRC this month! You have a fabulous blog and I've pinned several more recipes to make in the future!

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    1. Yay!! You're so kind - thank you so much!! It's nice getting to know you better.

      :)

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  8. What a perfect photo! These look amazing! My kids are watching all these cookie and dessert recipes, whining at me to make them! :-)

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  9. These look awesome! I'm so glad you tried these!

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  10. I love your description of the texture, sounds like a cookie I would adore. Your pictures are also mouthwatering yummy.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A' SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  11. Oui:)

    http://www.foodnetwork.ca/ontv/shows/nadia-gs-bitchin-kitchen/show.html?titleid=248313

    :)~!

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    1. Thank you - it took me a while, but I eventually realized what you meant :).

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  12. Hi Patricia, Thank you on my daughter. I can't seem to find an email address for you and when I try to put the code here so that you can fill in the blanks to put links in your comments, it's not showing properly so if you can email me with your email addy I'll send you the code. LisaShanahan @ gmail. com

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  13. I have spent all day reading about and thinking about chocolate and these giant cookies are now about doing me in. We were gone all week and I need to drop a few so I don't think I should be thinking about these or even reading any blogs! Self torture!

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  14. Wow, those cookies look & sound incredible! What's not to love with that flavor combo of chocolate & toffee??!!

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  15. I love all things toffee! These look so delicious. They would be a perfect Valentines Day treat.

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  16. They look wonderful! I love Heath bars, so this would be a double treat!

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  17. YUM! I LOVE toffee - I'm sure these are amazing!

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  18. Ooo I love giant cookies and these sound sooo good. Toffee and chocolate are delicious just like peanut butter and chocolate!

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  19. They look yummy ... I think i would make them smaller, simply to justify having more than one of these at a time :)

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  20. yes please. I love toffee! I love your photo too. Makes me think of an afternoon snack after a day at school :) I’m stopping by from SRC but I’d love if you check our my new site seasonalpotluck.com February is oranges month so if you have any orange recipes, we’d love if you’d link up! http://bit.ly/zDoNfx

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  21. Dearest Patricia,

    Wishing you first of all a Happy Valentine's Day and one that spills over onto all 365 days of the year!
    Your cookies are not for me; way too much sugar for a diabetic type II and both of us are also on a cholesterol diet so the eggs had to be replaced by egg substitute. I've posted today an AMAZING Chocolate recipe, just check it out and I can tell you it is delicious.
    Love to you,

    Mariette

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  22. Total Yum! What beautiful cookies! I love both Skor and Heath Bar toffee so am quite certain that I would probably eat all the cookies!

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  23. Mmm I made cookies just like this the other day. I love how they turn out more like a brownie than a cookie!

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  24. Look amazing dear! nice choice for SRC!!

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  25. This dessert looks great! I would love it if you linked up this recipe to my blog hop for a chance to win a cookbook prize package: http://bit.ly/wJSl1h

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  26. I'm drooling over your cookies and I want a couple with a glass of milk! I love the giant size! :P

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  27. Delicious looking cookies. I hope you had a great Valentine's Day.
    Regarding your question on my blog about the heart cake,I got the logo printed at my local bakery with an edible ink.

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  28. These look so chocolatey and good! Yum!
    Jo-Anna

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  29. Oh these cookies look fabulous!!! I would love to try them!! Blessings, Catherine xo

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  30. I have to make these! They look absolutely wonderful. Thank you for the tips about using the cookie scoop and dipping it in water etc. Knowing that sort of thing really makes a difference not only to how the recipe turns out but also to how much fun it is to make!

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  31. I have a bag of toffee pieces just begging to be used. I think I just found my recipe! ;) Pinned, stumbled and all that good stuff!

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