I love holiday baking. When I was a kid, my mom and I would bake cookies, make candies, and dip pretzels, every year for Christmas. Some of my favorite recipes to make were cutout sugar cookies, chocolate crinkles, and buckeye balls. As I grew older, my mom left most of the baking to me each year, and when I moved out, I carried on the tradition. This year though, I haven’t been doing much for holiday baking. Mostly because my hubby and I DO NOT need all of those sweets hanging around the house, and also because I just can’t seem to get myself in the mood to do a marathon of baking. Instead of making all of my favorites for nostalgia purposes, I decided to do a little spin on a pretty classic cookie–The Chocolate Chip Cookie.
I use the traditional recipe as a base for a lot of different cookies, and you should too. It’s a pretty easy recipe to follow, and you usually have all of the ingredients at any given time. The only thing that changes is adding in some cocoa powder, and changing the mix ins to whatever your little heart desires. These particular cookies have white chocolate chips, toffee pieces and Christmas sprinkles for just a little bit of color. You could add in peppermint pieces, dark chocolate chips, butterscotch chips–really anything.
What I love most about these Chocolate White Chip Toffee Cookies, is that they really resemble a brownie once they have finished baking–a rich, gooey, chocolately brownie. But instead it’s in cookie form, which makes it that much easier to dip in an ice cold glass of milk.
The trick to making these cookies more cake like? Flour. Yep, I added just a smidge more flour (1/4 cup) than the traditional recipe calls for. Just note that whatever shape the dough is in when you drop it on your baking sheet, is what shape it will be in when you are finished baking. It may spread a teensy amount, but not much.
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup toffee pieces
- sprinkles (optional)
Preheat oven to 350
In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
Beat in eggs, one a time, and vanilla, mixing well.
Add in dry ingredients, and mix until well incorporated.
Mix in white chocolate chips, toffee pieces, and sprinkles.
Drop by tablespoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes or until done.
Whatever shape the dough is in once you drop it on the baking sheet, is the shape the cookie will be in once it's finished baking. There is little spreading.