I received the blog Amy's Cooking Adventures
and I really lucked out! Amy has a wonderful arsenal of different recipes for cookies, brownies, cakes and even frosting! Amy is a busy wife and mom and, like myself, learned to love cooking as an adult and newlywed/new mom. I love her families philosophy that take-out is always and option because taking risks in the kitchen is fun and results in delicious results. I had about 10 recipes bookmarked, but ended up picking between: Chocolate Candy Cane Blossoms
, Chocolate Toffee Cookie
, Ultimint Christmas Candy Cookies
, Thin Mint Pie
, Candy Cane Cupcakes
and Peppermint Patties
. Ultimately, I decided to make the Chocolate Toffee Cookies because my husband absolutely loves toffee bars and I knew he would adore these cookies. The cookies are very easy to put together and even give a baking break while you wait for the dough to chill!
So how did my brood like the holiday treats? They loved them! I had little doubt that these would be a success because of my hubby's love of chocolate and toffee, but it is always nice to get that reassurance that you made a tasty treat that your family loves. I only made a few adjustments to the recipe by reducing the amount of nuts and microwaving the chocolate to melt versus using a double boiler.
Holiday treats are something my family looks forward to every year. I love to make different candies and cookies to share with family and friends. These cookies are a fantastic addition to my holiday spread and certainly help me get into the holiday spirit. We have our tree up and are starting some of our favorite holiday traditions- to say we are excited for the 2015 holiday season is an understatement!
Thank you Amy for a delicious new recipe!
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 lb bittersweet chocolate, chopped
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 ¾ cups brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 regular sized chocolate covered English toffee bars (such as Heath), coarsely chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Sea salt (optional)
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Microwave the chocolate in a glass bowl stirring at 15 second intervals till completely melted. Stir in the butter, stirring constantly until very smooth. Set the bowl aside and allow the mixture to cool to lukewarm.
Meanwhile, beat the sugar and eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer until it becomes thick, about 3-5 minutes.
Beat in the chocolate mixture and the vanilla. Add in the flour mixture.
Using a spoon, stir in the toffee and the nuts. Cover the bowl and chill until firm, about 30-45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Using a two tablespoon cookie scoop, drop the cookie batter onto the sheets, about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle each cookie with a pinch of sea salt (if using).
Bake until the tops are cracked but the cookies are still soft to the touch, 12-15 minutes.
Makes about 40 cookies