Of all the Christmas cookie recipes in the latest issue of Food Network Magazine, the one that caught my eye was the chocolate chip. In this case, Coffee Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies. The name Coffee Toffee (or Coffee-Toffee) isn’t new and there are lots of coffee and toffee combos. This is a good one! It’s kind of like the Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies, but with toffee and a little more butter.
Coffee for your Coffee Toffee
The recipe calls for espresso powder, but if you need to you can substitute regular or decaf instant coffee crystals. I’ve included the instructions on how to dissolve them in the notes. Having done so I think these would be better with instant espresso powder and plan on making another batch to compare.
Sprinkles Yay or Nay?
To make them more festive, you can do what Food TV did and garnish with melted white chips and red sprinkles. I put sprinkles on few of them but they taste better without.
And speaking of “without”, you can also make them without the coffee. Leave it out completely and you’ll still have some very good Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies.
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cool room temp (140 grams)
- 1 cup light brown sugar (200 grams)
- 2-3 teaspoons instant espresso powder (see note)
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups (220 grams) all-purpose flour (measure with a light hand or weigh)
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt (Reduce to a pinch of butter is salted)
- 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped Heath bars
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
- With an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until creamy.
- Beat in espresso powder and vanilla. Add egg and beat until smooth.
- Mix together the flour, baking soda and salt, then add to the batter and stir until fully blended. Stir in chocolate chips and toffee.
- Using a medium size cookie scoop, scoop out about 22 cookies.
- Bake one sheet at a time for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies appear set and lightly brown around the edges.