Peanut Toffee Cookies

I’ve not been baking a lot of cookies lately. I seem to have been focused on cakes and bars. Variety is always good, but it felt like it was time to get back to scooping cookie dough.

These cookies manage to be traditional and nontraditional at the same time. At their heart, they are a basic vanilla cookie. But, the presence of cake flour changes their consistency enough to create a soft and light cookie.

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And, as with most vanilla cookies, there are some good things added in to make them a bit more interesting. Roasted peanuts and toffee chips offer some great flavor that departs from the usual list of add-ins.

As you can see, these are not what you might call pretty cookies. They look a little rough and tumble. Yet, they are soft and chewy. They are a perfect contrast between a rustic look and a delicate texture.

Peanut Toffee Cookies

Yield: about 30 cookies

Peanut Toffee Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup toffee chips
  • 1 cup chopped roasted peanuts*

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper.

Whisk together flour, cake flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, and mix well.

Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in toffee and peanuts.

Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to drop cookies 2 inches apart on prepared pans. Alternately, roll dough into 1 & 1/4-inch balls. Flatten each ball slightly. Bake, one pan at a time, 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Cool on pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. Then, transfer cookies from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Notes

*Use salted or unsalted peanuts. I like to used salted for a little more emphasis on the salty part of sweet & salty.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2013/02/peanut-toffee-cookies/

6 Comments

  1. Kate February 28, 2013 Reply

    Oh, I’ll take texture over appearance every time when it comes to cookies. Back in my college days there was a baking stall on campus that made these large chocolate cookies with white choc chips. Nothing great to look at, but warm (straight out of the oven) and a wonderful gooey softness after the initial light crunch. If these vanilla cookies come anywhere close to replicating that, then they are a major win :)

  2. JEP February 28, 2013 Reply

    Have never baked with toffee chips before. I like crunch and any nuts so this cookie is one I will try. I was browsing your recipe index. Love how each recipe has a picture.

  3. The Norwegian Girl March 1, 2013 Reply

    I love baking cookies! thanks for giving me some new ideas!:-)

  4. Mary Ann March 4, 2013 Reply

    I can’t wait to try these. I love toffee bits too. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. Jodi March 7, 2013 Reply

    Made these this morning. Yummy and not too sweet. Next time I will double the batch! I also used a cake flour substitute I found online. For every cup of cake flour, use 1 cup ap flour, remove 2 tbsp and and 2 tbsp corn starch. Sift 5x.

  6. Jodi March 7, 2013 Reply

    ^ Should say ADD 2 tbsp corn starch :-)

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