Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cookies!

Last week's baking project was Smitten Kitchen's chocolate toffee cookies. I picked the recipe because I wanted something that would ship well, which cookies do, and because I know my sister (the recipient) loves chocolate. And the toffee? Well, I love toffee, and there was a strong possibility that I wouldn't be able to fit the whole batch in the shipping box (heehee).

These cookies were pretty labor intensive, between all the chopping of chocolate and Heath bars and the double boiler step. It was absolutely worth it, though; the cookies were rich and chocolatey and the toffee pieces were scrumptious.


Melly hung out with me in the kitchen while I baked. I tried to take some pictures of her being her usual adorable self, but I just got a lot of this:


Here's the recipe:

Chocolate Toffee Cookies
Adapted slightly from Smitten Kitchen

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups (packed) brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
5 1.4-ounce chocolate-covered English toffee bars (such as Heath), coarsely chopped
1 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl; whisk to blend. Stir chocolate and butter in top of double boiler set over simmering water until melted and smooth. Remove from over water. Cool mixture to lukewarm.

Using electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs in bowl until thick, about 5 minutes. Beat in chocolate mixture and vanilla.

Stir in flour mixture, then toffee and nuts. Chill batter until firm, about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper. Drop batter by spoonfuls onto sheets, spacing two inches apart. Bake just until tops are dry and cracked but cookies are still soft to touch, about 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on sheets. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.)

5 comments:

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

MOL at Melly! that's what Cricket does! Mom copied this recipe and will make is one weekend it's yucky and rainy out. Thanx for sharing!

Katnip Lounge said...

I think I'm gonna follow Melly's lead and do some begging, too. The cookies look totally scrumptious!

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh those sound so yummy! We are going to have to try them! And I think every one of my cats will do that type of begging once in a while - they take turns, and even if it is not anything they would ever want, they beg til I show it to them.

ABBY said...

Melly you are adorable.
Those cookies look nom-ilicous!

purrin
xo
Abby

Rene said...

Mmmmmmmmm, cookies. And Melly still looks cute, blurs and all!