|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.