Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

As far as a chocolate chip cookie base that’s not from America’s Test Kitchen is concerned, it doesn’t get much better than this. These cookies come out chewy, easy on the eyes, huge to the point of near-obscenity, and, most importantly, tasty.  It’s a variation on the Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie I made a little while back. Vegetable shortening is used in place of the bacon grease, so it’s basically a health food. Plus, you don’t need to feel guilty for helping Wilbur shuffle of this mortal coil before his time. Pigs are oddly endearing.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 & 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup—1 & 1/2 sticks—butter (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 – 2  cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used the mini variety, but think that was a mistake)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups toffee pieces

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DIRECTIONS (Makes 24 – 30 cookies)

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking soda.
  3. Using a stand mixer on medium, combine butter, shortening, and sugars. Beat for about 2 – 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly combined.
  5. Add vanilla until thoroughly combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  6. Drop the mixer speed to low. At flour in two batches and mix until just combined.
  7. Add  chocolate and toffee chips until fully incorporated into dough. This usually requires a quick blast on high.
  8. Arrange a dozen golf-ball sized and balls of dough on the cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Give him a little push to flatten them.
  9. Cook for 12 – 14 minutes until edges begin to brown. Keep an eye on ’em.
  10. Remove from oven and, using a spatula, immediately transfer to a wire to finish cooling. It’s worth noting that the toffee will have cause the cookies to stick the the pan and your spatula. Clean as necessary.
  11. Apologize to your mother because you’ve ruined her diet. Again. It has nothing to do with your lack of self control, mom.
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