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Brown Butter Toffee Cookies

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Chewy and irresistible, these Brown Butter Toffee Cookies have an exquisite nuttiness from brown butter and boost of decadence from chunks of Heath bars!

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Brown Butter Toffee Cookies

Have you met my sweet blogger friend, Kate, of Food Babbles?  Kate is the mom of three gorgeous daughters, a wife, EMT as well as a talented cook and baker. Her dedication to family and helping others make her a one of a kind friend. When I heard she was having shoulder surgery, I was delighted to help her out with a guest post while she recovered.  So I baked up some extraordinary brown butter toffee cookies to share with all of you over on Kate’s blog.

Brown Butter Toffee Cookies on a small square ceramic plate
Tips for Making these Brown Butter Toffee Cookies

These brown butter toffee cookies were truly some of the most sublime cookies to ever come out of my kitchen. I happen to adore toffee, so anytime there’s a chance to sneak it into a cookie, I’m game. And they are the star of the show in these incredible treats.

  • No chocolate chips or nuts to battle for the title. Toffee all the way. Well, that and the brown butter in the dough.
  • Cooking the butter till it darkens and develops a lovely nuttiness and adds a rich layer of flavor that can’t be beat. If you’re unfamiliar with brown butter, it’s super easy to make in your own kitchen. I’ve detailed the technique below.
  • Since the butter added to this cookie dough is melted, the dough is extra soft. You must refrigerate the dough before shaping and baking these cookies.
  • These are perfect, chewy cookies. Watch your first batch to see what the timing is for your oven. The edges will begin to brown and the middles will be just set when they need to be pulled out of the oven. If you’re a toffee fan, you must add these gems to your baking list!

How to Make Brown Butter:

  • Ideally, you should start with unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Use a light colored saucepan so you can see the butter’s color changing
  • Cook over medium heat
  • Watch carefully, stirring frequently
  • The butter will foam; this is normal
  • Pull off the heat when it starts to brown and smell nutty
  • Strain off any solids (brown bits) if desired
  • Keep up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator

More Toffee Recipes

If you like toffee, waiting for the holidays to make a batch of the Best English Toffee just won’t do! Try some of these yummy recipes with toffee.

Brown Butter Toffee Cookies

Brown Butter Toffee Cookies

Nutty brown butter cookies filled with buttery toffee chunks

Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Yield 3 dozen cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks butter, gently cooked till light brown
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 Heath bars (1.4-ounce size), chopped into 1/4 inch chunks


  1. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, brown sugar, and salt. Add vanilla. Mix in warm brown butter and mix till sugar starts to dissolve. Add eggs and mix till combined. Add flour and baking soda and stir until just combined. Mix in toffee chunks.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for two hours or up to overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake till edges are golden in color and tops start to look set, about 10 minutes.


Adapted from Alice Medrich.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 28mg Sodium: 137mg Carbohydrates: 19g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 13g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
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34 comments on “Brown Butter Toffee Cookies”

  1. These cookies look awesome!

  2. Hzve a nuce week Lizxy!

  3. Oh major yum – I want to eat up all these cookies!

  4. That is very nice of you! Hope she is well and the cookies look terrific!

  5. Toffee should be my middle name! These look wonderful Liz, my kind of cookie for sure!

  6. I love Kate! heading over now for the recipe!! and Liz, these cookies are perfection!!

  7. Liz – these cookies look GREAT !!
    I really need a few of the NOW

  8. Thank you so much for your kind words and the incredible recipe! I can’t wait to make these insanely delicious looking cookies. Yum!!

  9. Your cookies look great Liz! I made brown butter in the microwave yesterday morning… Of course mine was not intentional-ooops:@)

  10. There’s nothing quite so good as brown butter and toffee, I adore these cookies!

  11. I posted about brown butter cookies today too. It is truly magical what brown butter can do to cookies. I think it would be even better with toffee.

  12. I’m sold on anything with brown butter!

  13. Yum. This looks so amazing.

  14. Get the kettle going. I will be right over. These cookies look so good. I am on my way over to Kate’s Blog to check it out.

  15. I do love brown butter and find it’s fabulous on some freshly steamed asparagus. Also good on ravioli with sage. The cookies look very good. Struggling here to work out what an EMT is xx

  16. These toffee cookies look fantastic! Love esp. the use of brown butter in here.

  17. These cookies are looking wonderful as always… how nice of you to help Kate while she’s recovering.

  18. I did not realize brown butter could keep so long in the fridge. Good news! And I’ll head over to Kate’s site for more good news cookies =)

  19. Kate’s cookies looks great !

  20. My mouth is watering… I could eat a whole stack all by myself.

  21. These cookies look scrumptious! Love brown butter and toffee. Hope Kate’shoulder surgey went well – can’t wait to see the recipe!

  22. These are some pretty awesome cookies. If YOU say these are outstanding, I listen. I need to make something for a friend’s family while she’s in the hospital. I think these will be a welcome treat for the kids.

  23. browned butter and toffee are seriously THE BEST combo! Match made in cookie heaven! heading over to see the recipe for the AHHHMAZING cookies!

  24. If Bill didn’t eat them I will take his share!

  25. These would be great with my coconut flavored coffee right now yummy!

  26. Dearly love toffee cookies. Can’t wait to make some using this recipe.

  27. My daughter will love this brown butter toffee cookies as she loves chewy cookies 😀 Thank you for the recipe!

  28. Love the chunks of toffee in these! Oh so yummy.

  29. Need to make these again because wow they were good!

  30. The browned butter made these cookies taste extra delicious!

  31. My kids devoured a whole batch in minutes! They taste SO good!

  32. Made these for our neighbors! They were a huge hit!

  33. I was in the mood to bake cookies today, it’s been a while and these sounded nice and easy. Didn’t think they would be THIS good though! I got 3 dz cookies out of the batch and the only difference is that on half I sprinkled just the tiniest bit of coarse sea salt (love the sweet salty combo). The first sheet was in the oven 10 minutes and they were burnt. The next I took out at 8 minutes and they were perfect. These will have to be divided up and frozen or this batch won’t last more than a day or two lol

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