Toffee Cookies with Walnuts
A drizzle of caramel and chocolate make these delectable Toffee Cookies with Walnuts perfect for the holidays!
Festive Toffee Cookies with Walnuts
Wednesday was my last cookie exchange for the season. For the past 8 years, about 12 neighbors meet for coffee and nibbles, then swap cookies and go out for lunch. It is one of my favorite events of the Christmas season. I’ve had this recipe for Toffee Cookies in my holiday recipe binder for a while, but decided they needed a little festive drizzle…first with caramel, then followed by chocolate.
I am a toffee fanatic, so anything with Heath bars as an ingredient is just fine by me. These were chewy and wonderful with the double crunch of toffee and walnuts in every bite. The drizzle of chocolate and caramel is totally optional. I think I’d be happy with just a bowl of cookie dough; it’s that good!
Cookie Exchange Cookies
Fast forward to 2016! I made these for our annual cookie exchange and figured they deserved some new photos. The same group of us still gathers in December to swap cookies, sip coffee and visit before heading out to lunch. We had our first measurable snowfall, but everyone trekked over and sampled my Cranberry Brie en Croute and Cream Cheese Tea Roll. These Toffee Cookies with Walnuts are perfect for your cookie exchange, but tasty enough to make any time of the year!!
Tips for Making Toffee Cookies with Walnuts
These toffee cookies are very basic but adding a little swirl of chocolate and caramel transforms them into something special.
- I like chopping Heath bars into small chunks instead of using toffee bits. They’re slightly bigger giving a better boost of toffee!
- Toasting your walnuts isn’t a must, but by warming the oils, the flavor will be even better. I toast them on a sheet pan at 350 degrees for 5 minutes, shaking or turning halfway through. Watch carefully so they don’t burn.
- Refrigerate the cookie dough for about an hour to minimize spreading when they’re baked. Line your sheet pans with parchment for easy cleanup and to prevent sticking.
- Use a cookie scoop/cookie disher to make consistent sized cookies.
- If the cookies aren’t perfectly round when they come out of the oven, use a spatula to tap the cookie edges while they’re hot to make them more symmetrical.
- To drizzle I like to put the chocolate or caramel into a quart-sized zip-topped bag and remove any excess air. Snip off a corner, then drizzle back and forth.
Toffee Cookies with Walnuts
Festive Toffee Cookies for the holidays. Adapted from Simply Recipes.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup butter, at room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups chopped Heath bars (Eight 1.4 ounce bars)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 16 caramels, unwrapped
- 1 tablespoon cream
- 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- Cream butter with electric mixer till light and fluffy. Add sugars and beat till well combined. Beat in eggs one at a time followed by vanilla.
- Mix in salt and baking soda, then flour. Combine Heath bar pieces and walnuts and mix in by hand till well dispersed. Chill covered dough at least one hour.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Scoop tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. Place on baking sheets and bake 10-12 minutes, till edges start to brown. Cookies spread so leave 2-3 inches between dough balls. Allow to cool on baking sheet, then remove to rack.
- To make caramel drizzle, place caramels and cream in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 second increments, stopping and stirring, till smooth and melted. Allow to cool slightly and drizzle over cookies.
- To make chocolate drizzle, follow the same instructions as in the caramel drizzle.
Total time does not reflect chilling time.
Serving Size:2 cookies
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g
59 Comments on “Toffee Cookies with Walnuts”
wonderful cookies. Merry Christmas!
the toffee cookies looks gorgeous Lizzy and glad you having a good time with your busy baking and cookies exchange 🙂
I wish I have one kind of “event” liek that! looks cool and yummy indeed 🙂
Happy Holiday to u my friend! 😉
I love all the flavors of this cookie, and the walnuts are a great complement. The caramel and chocolate drizzle really sends them over the top…I want one now!
You and the girls look like you’re having a great time, and you look stunning!
Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous and festive holiday!
merry christmas to you, delicious cookies
this is wonderful cookies look fabulous
aah These look delicious dear Lizzy:)
Love the perfect squidge of chocolate garnish!
I wanted to stop by and comment on whatever wonderful thing you had posted, and to also wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas Lizzy! 🙂
Wow these look so nice Liz!
Cookie exchanges sound fun, make one batch and end up with so many different kinds of cookies. I have never participated in one. Merry Xmas and all the best for 2012
Woah..lovely cookies!!! Neat presentation too! Wanna grab one 😉
We just love cookie season! Fall for soups, Christmas for cookies and these little beauties go right to the top of the to-do list. Thanks for sharing these and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Cookies with toffee bits AND a caramel drizzle! So many goodies in one cookie.
Oh Liz you are killing me! I’ve already gained like 5 pounds with my Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies thing, but these look SO good.
The cookies look delicious. I am sure your neighbors loved your cookies. Merry Christmas:)
Sounds like you had a wonderful time. The cookies – yumm! Have a Merry Christmas!!
You know when you can’t resist eating the raw cookie dough that the cookie itself is going to be delicious. These look amazing and I think the chocolate and caramel drizzle only enhances a perfect cookie.
Merry Christmas to you and your family. Have a wonderful holiday and all the best in the New Year.
Mmm, those look good. Love toffee!
I love toffee-flavor too. These cookies look terrific!
I love baking with Heath toffee chips. The drizzle on these is so tantalizing. Love these!