A few years ago, our next door neighbor fed our cats while we vacationed in Los Angeles. To show our appreciation, we brought her back some goodies from Sephora. She’s fed our cats many times since then and it’s become somewhat of a ritual for us to bring her back beauty products she loves but might not purchase for herself. Sometimes I stick with Sephora, but oftentimes I go with Lush. This time, I mixed it up a little and brought her back Kiehl’s shampoo. I need to go over and see if she’s used it. Who couldn’t love Kiehl’s right? Still, I’m curious. Plus I need to provide a little something for her husband, who also helps with the cats. I figure he likes cookies better than beauty products.
Giant Chocolate-Toffee Cookies Makes 8
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/16 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, (3 oz)
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 large egg
3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces chocolate-covered English toffee bars (such as Heath), coarsely chopped
1/4 cup whole almonds, roasted and chopped
In a small bowl, thoroughly stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Place butter and both chocolates in a small microwave-safe bowl. Melt by microwaving on high at 30 second intervals and stirring to distribute heat; Set chocolate aside to cool slightly.
In a mixing bowl, using high speed of an electric mixer or a wire-whisk, beat egg for about 1 minute. Add sugar and whisk for another minute. Beat in chocolate mixture and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture. When flour is incorporated, stir in chopped toffee bars and toasted almonds. At this point, batter will be too loose to scoop properly, so chill batter for one hour to thicken.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. Drop batter by generously rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment, spacing 2 1/2 inches apart. Bake just until tops are dry and cracked but cookies are still soft to touch, 14-15 minutes. Cool on sheets.
Makes 8 very large cookies