I rarely (read: almost always) over-indulge, so I thought I would make a treat the other evening. I’ve been in the process of perfecting white chocolate martinis, but I thought I would really turn up the level of indulgence and make some cookies to go with it. I wanted something a bit more over the top than just your standard chocolate chip, so I decided to go with chocolate toffee cookies. The cookie itself has a chocolate base, and toffee pieces are mixed in. Be sure to use good toffee – like Heath or better – because it really helps to make the cookie something special.
chocolate toffee cookies
Courtesy of the Food Network
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon dark rum
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups crushed chocolate-covered English toffee (such as Heath bar; about 7 ounces)
- 1/2 cup chopped almond
Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until fluffy. Add egg, rum and vanilla and beat until well blended. Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt into small bowl. Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture. Mix in toffee and chopped almonds.
Drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls onto heavy large ungreased baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies puff slightly and crack on top but are still soft to touch, about 11 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheet 1 minute. Transfer cookies to rack and cool completely (cookies will become crisp). Repeat shaping and baking with remaining batter. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.)
white chocolate martini
Makes 2 Martinis
- 4 oz Vanilla Vodka
- 3 oz White Chocolate Liqueur
- 4 oz Half and Half
Fill 2 martini glasses with ice and water to make them nice and cold.
Fill shaker 1/2 full with ice. Add all ingredients and shake well.
Dump out ice water from martini glasses and strain martinis into glasses.
The cookie dough will seem very dry. This is ok. Just go with it.
For the vodka, I just use Sobieski. It’s inexpensive, but I don’t feel it is low quality.
White chocolate liqueur is expensive (hence our lower priced vodka choice). We have used Godiva and Mozzart. Both delicious, both expensive. Apparently, they have not started making a generic, cheap version yet. If you know of one, please let me know (as I will promptly go out and by some!)
I like to garnish my martini with some fresh grated nutmeg. It’s pretty, and is a tasty touch to the drink. If I happen to have Piroulines on hand, I think those look really cute stuck in the martini as a garnish (plus, they are delicious).