Brown Butter Toffee Cookies & A Cookie Giveaway!

by Kate on October 6, 2014

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These days as you all know, I’m out of the kitchen thanks to my recent shoulder surgery. So I’ve asked a few of my girlfriends to give me a hand here and there. Today, Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake is here to tempt your taste buds with these spectacular Brown Butter Toffee Cookies. Nutty brown butter cookies filled with buttery toffee pieces. It’s like Liz was baking just for me! I’m a total toffee fiend and I also happen to go gaga for anything with brown butter. So without further ado, take it away Liz! And be sure to read on to get your mitts on some cookies of your own!



When Kate mentioned she was having shoulder surgery and was looking for some help during her recovery, I was delighted to step in with a guest post. Like Kate, I love baking, so I knew a dessert was in order. Kate and I got to meet each other in person last year in Virginia. She is just as sweet and bubbly as you’d imagine. We both attended Mixed, a terrific food blogger conference set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. One of our workshops was sponsored by McCormick and Kate took to the cake decorating and icing like a pro. I knew I had met a kindred spirit…albeit a more talented one when it came to piping! So as not to embarrass myself, I stuck to what I do best today: cookies!

These were truly some of the most sublime cookies to ever come out of my kitchen. I happen to adore toffee, so anytime there’s a chance to sneak it into a cookie, I’m game. And toffee is the star of the show in this heavenly recipe. No chocolate chips or nuts to battle for the title. Toffee all the way. Well, that and the brown butter in the dough. Cooking the butter till it darkens and develops a lovely nuttiness adds a rich layer of flavor that can’t be beat. And these are perfect, chewy cookies. If you’re a toffee fan, you must add these gems to your baking list!

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If you haven’t made brown butter before, here are some tips:

  • Ideally, you should start with unsalted butter, cut into pieces (but I have used salted butter, too)
  • Use a light-colored saucepan so you can see the butter’s color changing
  • Cook over medium heat
  • Watch carefully, stirring frequently
  • The butter will foam; this is normal
  • Pull off the heat when it starts to brown and smell nutty
  • Strain off any solids (brown bits), if desired
  • Keep up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator

Thanks, Kate, for letting me share a recipe with your lovely fans! I hope you’ll be stirring cookie dough very soon!

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Speaking of cookies, today I have a chance for you to win ONE DOZEN of the most delicious small batch and preservative-free cookies made with the best ingredients, most of which are organic and fair trade chocolate. Sounds good, doesn’t it?? My friend Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen recently launched her own bakeshop filled with divine cookie varieties. I’m not gonna lie. I’ve managed to form a small addiction to these tasty treats.


I first had the opportunity to try Susan’s spectacular chocolate chip cookies during Eat, Write, Retreat over the summer and I was blown away! So the moment her bakeshop launched I had to order more plus I tried her Triple Choc-o-lot Cookies that are as amazing as their name makes them out to be. Now, I need for you guys to be the next to try these spectacular cookies! You can buy a batch or two in Susan’s online shop right now!! You can also use the Rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win one dozen cookies of your choosing or 6 Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich cookies or 9 of the new brownies Susan is launching! The delicious possibilities are endless so ENTER NOW!

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Brown Butter Toffee Cookies

2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen

Brown Butter Toffee Cookies

Nutty brown butter cookies filled with buttery toffee chunks


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks butter, gently cooked till light brown
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 Heath bars (1.4 ounce size), chopped into 1/4 inch chunks


  1. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, brown sugar, and salt. Add vanilla. Mix in warm brown butter and mix till sugar starts to dissolve. Add eggs and mix till combined. Add flour and baking soda and stir until just combined. Mix in toffee chunks.
  2. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let chill in refrigerator for two hours or up to overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake till edges are golden and tops start to look set, about 10 minutes.


Adapted from Alice Medrich

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz October 6, 2014 at 8:05 am

Thanks for having me on your blog today, Kate!! And what a fun giveaway from Susan…I was lucky enough to sample a bunch of her yummy cookies, too! xo


Shawn A October 6, 2014 at 9:16 am

My favorite type of cookie is Chocolate Chip with walnuts.


Amy S October 6, 2014 at 9:42 am

I love snicker doodles!


katherine reed October 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

I loveeeee white chocolate macadamia nut cookies as my all time.favorite!


Elin October 6, 2014 at 10:30 am

I love whole wheat chocolate chip cookies!


Nancy Andrews October 6, 2014 at 11:48 am

I love snicker doodles and lots of other cookies, what is not to like.


libby October 6, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I love peanut butter cookies


Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine October 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Hope you recover quickly Kate. I think a batch of these cookies would help heal just about anything 🙂


Stephanie-Oh October 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Minnesota Munchers!


Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 6, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Kate, I hope you are recovering well and getting lots of rest!! I love Liz so am very happy to see her here and these fabulous cookies!! I haven’t yet tried Susan’s cookies yet but am dying to. . I’ve heard great things!! fave cookie: anything with browned butter or just a good ole chocolate chip cookie. I’d love to try Liz’s cookies! 😛


carol clark October 6, 2014 at 3:45 pm

peanut butter cookies i just love them


Lisa October 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm

I love snickerdoodles!


Jen October 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm

I love chocolate chip!


Rebecca October 6, 2014 at 7:22 pm

I love peanut butter cookies!


Heather B October 6, 2014 at 7:29 pm

I love peanut butter cookies drizzled in chocolate!


Rust October 6, 2014 at 7:29 pm

My favorite cookie is chocolate chip with walnuts or pecans.


Jenny October 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Monster cookies!


Emily Wells October 6, 2014 at 8:08 pm

I love peanut butter cookies!


Meg October 6, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Classic chocolate chip cookies!


Bam's Kitchen October 6, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Wishing you a speedy recovery.


Vera S October 6, 2014 at 11:25 pm

My favorite cookie has always been sugar cookies . They are so good. 🙂


The Ninja Baker October 7, 2014 at 4:06 am

Classics like plain peanut butter and oatmeal are my favorite cookies. But after seeing Liz’s brown butter toffee cookies, I may be changing my mind!

Wishing you a speedy recovery from your shoulder surgery, Kate.


Marian October 7, 2014 at 6:45 am

Oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips and dried fruit (blueberries, strawberries, but *not* raisins) with lots of cinnamon and cinnamon chips.


Karen D October 7, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Chocolate chip with walnuts


Eva October 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm

I saw your cookies in the Liz’s blog! Looks gorgeous !


Mary Frances October 7, 2014 at 5:40 pm

These cookies sound amazing! As for me I grew up with my mother’s pecan crisps, and they’ve become my and the family’s favorite cookie, so I make them all the time!


molly October 7, 2014 at 8:44 pm

I love choco chip!


Amy M. C. October 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I love frosted sugar cookies, but honestly, I wouldn’t turn any cookie down!


Lynn Celmer October 7, 2014 at 9:47 pm

I am definitely a chocolate chip type of gal. 🙂


Kristi October 7, 2014 at 10:11 pm

i would luv to win cookies!


Linda October 7, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Oatmeal raisin has to be my favorite. Right now a recipe using dried blueberries and cranberries with the raisins.


manda October 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm



Michele Behlen October 8, 2014 at 3:54 pm

My favorite cookie oatmeal raisin.


Denise Wilson October 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm

chocolate chip


Susan Christy October 9, 2014 at 12:02 am

Chocolate chip with pecans.


Brittany Koelmel October 9, 2014 at 8:16 am

I lovvvve chocolate chip!


Sarah Elyce October 9, 2014 at 6:18 pm

I like a lot of cookies… chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin are top of the list though.


Carrie D. October 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm

I don’t think I can choose just one favorite cookie! If pressed, I would have to say peanut butter.


Mario October 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Monster Cookie!


mjskit October 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Being a cookie monster it’s hard to narrow it down, but I can honestly say that I have never turned down a peanut butter cookie!


Kayle (The Cooking Actress) October 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm

I hope your shoulder feels better!!

and yay for Susan’s bake shop and cookies!

and THESE cookies from Liz-complete perfection!


meredith October 10, 2014 at 7:29 pm

I love a yummy chocolate chunk cookie


Ellen Damon October 10, 2014 at 9:17 pm

I haver a dear friend who makes the most amazing, rich, gooey chocolate chip cookies ever? The only secret he has willingly shared is that he uses imported chocolate discs instead of chips. Now if I can get him to reveal the rest of his magic tricks I will have it made.


Sarah Campbell October 10, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Oatmeal butterscotch cookies are so darn good!


Suzy October 13, 2014 at 7:54 pm

chocolate chip, no nuts please!


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