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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

baby toffee shortbread cookies

You can tell it's edging toward autumn when you have to dodge heaps of fallen apples from the ancient now-wild apple trees. Or when you go completely overboard when reading your friend Farmgirl's recipe for her Baby Shortbread Bites with toffee and chocolate chips. Yes indeed, like the bears, I guess I'm storing up fat for winter. Maybe I can blame it on the recent 5 hours I spent at the hospital, finding out about a back problem I didn't know I had. Whichever we choose, my response to her description of buttery, toffee-flecked mini cookies sent me straight into the kitchen. Her recipe called for both toffee bits AND mini chocolate chips, but I stayed with just the toffee , though I did drizzle some chocolate on some of the cookies.
Yummy, yum, yum!
Here's how to make your own:
Preheat oven to 350F.
Line two baking sheets with foil, shiny side up.
Makes 44 or more mini cookies.
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t. salt
2 cups King Arthur flour
1 1/2 cups toffee bits OR 3/4 c . mini-chocolate chips and 3/4 toffee bits
Cream the butter and confectioner's sugar well.
Add the vanilla and salt and mix.
Add the flour and mix until incorporated well.
Mix in the toffee bits ( or the toffee and chocolate chips).
Using a small, 1 1/2 inch ice cream scoop, scoop balls of dough onto the cookie sheets.
(Note: I always bake cookies one sheet at a time, upper third of the oven)
Bake for 17 minutes, remove to cool.
If you want to drizzle a little chocolate on them, melt some chocolate chips with a little vegetable shortening, microwave about 2 minutes or more, til chocolate is smooth and melted when stirred with a spoon. Dip a fork into the chocolate and drizzle on top of cookies.
Thanks, Farmgirl Susan!


Barb said...

Hi Katrina~ I saw this recipe on Farmgirl too and thought it might be just about perfect. I haven't had a chance to make it yet though, but I plan on it soon.

Your cookies look like they turned out beautifully (as usual) - I think they are just what the doctor ordered!

Don't you love Farmgirl Susan's site? I'm pretty sure that's where I discovered your site - lucky for me!

katrina said...

Pretty sure, Barb, that Farmgirl Susan connected us, and I'm so happy for that! I just love keeping up with her beautiful land, farm, and all those animals - not to mention her recipes and delicious chard and arugula! So - lucky us, yes!

Martha said...

These sound yummy and anythng mini is great!

katrina said...

I agree, Martha - love these little button cookies!

Amanda said...

Katrina, I always love seeing that picture at the top of your blog :)

These cookies look great. Aren't we all storing fat for winter? LOL

katrina said...

Thanks, Amanda! there's been some discussion of making that picture smaller and not quite as fuzzy ( it's a photo of a photo - not even scanned!), but I'm so happy you like it even as it is. I'm always amazed as I look back at my life how involved I was with food and cooking - even if it means an extra layer of fat:)

lisaiscooking said...

These sound incredible! Dangerous even. I really should not bake these!

katrina said...

Definitely dangerous, lisa! I solve that problem by giving most of the cookies away to some very appreciative folks! (and tucking it away for Christmas goodie giving)