My husband and I both love Panera. Well…I love it, and he pretty much just likes it for the cookies. Last week, he brought home two toffee cookies, both for him (I prefer Asiago bagels, so that’s my treat), but of course, I stole a bite of his. I asked if they were out of chocolate-chip, to which he replied “no…I like the toffee cookies better.”
It’s like I didn’t even know him. Toffee over chocolate-chip? Ok, ok, so I’m being a bit dramatic…but still.
As part of my thirty-before-thirty list, I am supposed to make ten new desserts, so I figured I’d try to find a recipe and make my husband some cookies that didn’t come from a bag or a bakery. That’s when I found Bakerella’s recipe for “Heathy Cookies,” and knew these were some I wanted to try.
I spent just about an hour or so prepping and baking, as this only makes about thirty cookies. I’m assuming they were a hit, as the first batch of twelve had six missing by the time I came out to check the cooling rack. I’ve modified the recipe a bit, as I didn’t have some of the ingredients she called for, and they were still great cookies. Enjoy!
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, slightly softened
1 cup light brown sugar (Bakerella’s version calls for dark brown sugar)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/3 cup (8 oz bag) Heath Toffee Bits
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. In another bowl, cream butter, brown sugar and peanut butter, then add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. After the wet ingredients are well-mixed, add the flour mixture, and then stir in the toffee bits, saving a few (about 1/3 c.) to dip the tops of the cookies.
Bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes (I found the most success baking them for 9 minutes and 25 seconds.) Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for three minutes, and then transfer to a baking sheet.
As I said, this recipe makes thirty cookies, so I’d double the batch if you love toffee. My husband is on vacation tomorrow, and I fully expect to come home from work to find only a few left. Enjoy!