Heath Bar Toffee Cookies

toffee cookies

Yesterday was such a busy day! Well, I wasn’t really busy, but everyone around me was. I had dinner with my boyfriend’s parents (for the first time!) and it was not as scary as I thought it would be…most likely due to his awesome sister in law and her cute little pups! So this lady is pregnant and has a sweet tooth,which makes an awesome combination to her brother in law’s super cool girlfriend who loves to bake. Usually she volunteers(okay…so I may or may not force bake goods into her hand on a weekly basis) to be a taste-tester to my recipes. This week I switched it up and had her choose what I was going to bake. And she chose something I absolutely love, toffee cookies!  So I decided on a simple cookie recipe with toffee bits folded into it.

I hope you enjoy!

Heath Bar Toffee Cookies

yields about 3 dozen cookie

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 16 oz toffee bits

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare a cookie sheet

1. Combine flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl

2. Cream butter in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or hand mixer

  • add sugars and beat until light and fluffy
  • add eggs one at a time, making sure to mix well after each addition
  • add vanilla
  • add in flour mixture and mix until combined

3. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dough together to make sure the ingredients are fully combined

4. Fold in toffee bits

5. Let dough chill in the fridge for about 30-45 minutes

6. Place teaspoon sized dollops on the prepared cookie sheet and cook for 14-16 minutes

  • allow to cookies to cool on pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack

Enjoy, and have fun baking!

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

peanut butter bacon cookies

Ok, So I maybe felt a little bad about not saving any bread for my coworkers and so I maybe decided to make something else to brighten up their day. Well..on Friday at our team meeting, we obviously started to discuss my baking and what needs to be done. My manager was all for peanut butter cookies with hershey kisses on top. That sounded good, but maybe some other time. We then started to discuss bacon. And oh my…Ron Swanson would be proud of this recipe I found on Joy’s blog. Peanut butter bacon cookies AND they are flourless?!? How much win can there be in 1 cookie?

The only downfall I can see is that due to the lack of flour and butter it crumbles relatively easily. But trust me when I say it doesn’t last long enough for you to want to complain!

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

Yields about 15 cookies

Ingrediants

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked, cooled and diced

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 °F and prepare a cookie sheet

2. In your stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the peanut butter and sugars

  • add the egg and baking soda and mix for an addition 2 minutes

3. Roll dough into walnut sized balls and use a fork to create a criss-cross pattern on each cookie

4. Bake for 10 minutes, let stand for 3 before transferring to an airtight container

Sugar Cookies with Royal Frosting

sugar cookie

I LOVE sugar cookies, and the best thing about them is that they can be made for every occasion, all you need is the appropriate cookie cutter for it. Although the cookie itself is easy to make, decorating it is extremely hard. However Annie Eats has a great tutorial for decorating as well as for royal icing that I used with these. Both these recipes are adapted from Annie’s website…she is kind of my new favorite! And while the first batch may not be perfect, I can still practice and I am sure my coworkers won’t mind :).

Sugar Cookies

Yields about 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

Cookie Dough

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Royal Icing

  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  •  2 table spoons meringue powder
  • 5 teaspoon water (adding more to get the right consistency)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Cookie Dough

1. Mix together flour, salt and baking soda in a medium sized bowl

2. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter.

  • add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy
  • add the eggs, one a time making sure to scrape down the bowl after each addition
  • add vanilla

3. Add the flour mixture and beat until the dough is smooth and fully combined

4. Divide the dough and wrap in plastic wrap or parchment paper. Chill the dough for at least 2 hours, I like to let it to chill it overnight

5. Once the batter is chilled, remove one half at a time and roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/4″ thick, making sure to turn the dough as you go so that it does not stick.

6.Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare 2 cookie sheets

7.With a lightly floured cookie cutter, cut the shapes of the cookie you desire. Place the tray of cookies in the fridge to chill for 10-15 minutes

8. Bake cookies for 8-1o minutes and place on wire rack to cool. Make sure the cookie is completely cooled before decorating

Royal Icing

1. Whisk together the confectioner’s sugar and meringue powder until combines

2. Add vanilla and water and stir

  • add water until this is the correct consistency to decorate with according to the step in Annie’s tutorial

Let these sit for at least 2 hours before continuing to each step in decorating so that the icing has time to settle

Be playful, imaginative and have fun while decorating! Don’t be discouraged if at first it doesn’t look perfect, this takes practice!

Good luck!

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookie

Snickerdoodles….oh man, my favorite cookie ever! Not only a delicious cookie, but those of us who live on the South Shore and love MaryLous LOVE the coffee as well!

My first experience with snickerdoodles was when I worked at Whole Foods in high school. The people who worked in the bakery department there were so unbelievably nice and  introduced me to my first snickerdoodle. However, I was at a loss since I couldn’t find a good enough store bought variation of it. So, obviously…you have to make it yourself :).

Its quick and easy, and an all time favorite, I hope you enjoy!

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Yields approximately 4-5 dozen cookies

Ingredients

Cookie Dough

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

 Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2-2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400°F and prepare 2 cookie sheets

2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside

3. With a hand mixer, or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter until soft.

  • Add sugar(1 1/2 cups) and beat until light and fluffy
  • Add eggs, 1 at a time. Make sure to mix well after each addition and scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed
  • Add vanilla

4. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat until combined

5. Form into ~1 inch balls

6. In a separate, small bowl. Combine the sugar and cinnamon for the cinnamon sugar topping.

7. Roll cookie dough balls into the cinnamon sugar topping, making sure the dough is fully covered

8. Place dough balls on the prepared cookie sheet and use the bottom of a glass (lightly greased) to flatten the cookies

  • Tip: Choose a glass that has a pretty imprint on the bottom, a lot of glasses have a little star pattern. Using those types of glasses to flatten the cookie can add a bit of flare and make them look extra nice! 

9. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool for several minutes

These save well for about 1-2 weeks, but I highly doubt that you will have left overs after a few hours!