Nothing is quite as delightful as brown butter.

You hear me? NOTHING.

Eh… well, maybe a few things. Hmmm. Let’s see. [P.S. does anyone have a straw? Because I’m 2 seconds away from drinking this.]

1. Ryan Gosling.

2. The first bite of gravy piled on top of stuffing piled on top of mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving. Which I’m sure makes you I-can’t-let-my-food-touch-on-my-plate people (I’m looking at you, Kelly) cringe.

3. #1… sans shirt.

4. Little black dresses that fit like a glove.

But that’s all. Seriously. I mean, I can’t even think of anything else because I love brown butter so much. And I’m definitely done thinking about brown butter and little black dresses TOGETHER. Forever. That’s just no fun.

Sure, I go through my phases – or shall we call them obsessions? – but this one is sticking. I honestly can’t think of a darn thing that brown butter doesn’t compliment perfectly. I don’t even know if I’ll use plain butter on the reg anymore.

But what the heck do I know?

I know enough to tell you that this is my current favorite cookie. The best cookie, according to me, that has come out of my kitchen. And maybe that’s just because I want to drink the brown butter or maybe it’s because I spent the majority of ages 9, 10 and 11 living off of Heath Bar Blizzards and crying that I couldn’t squeeze into my lace-bottomed leggings, but whatever.

These have got to make an appearance in your kitchen.

Brown Butter Chocolate-Stuffed Toffee Cookies

[adapted from the giant rainbow cookies]

makes 12 large cookies

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) of unsalted butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup toffee chips (such as Heath chocolate-covered toffee bits)

chocolate chunks, baking squares, or chocolate bars cut into pieces

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat and add butter. Whisk until butter melts, then continue to stir and whisk just until tiny brown bits appear at the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat immediately as the butter can burn very quickly. Set aside and let cool for about 10-15 minutes, until the butter comes to room temperature.

Once butter has cooled, add to a large bowl. Whisk in sugars until smooth and caramely in color, then add in the egg and egg yolk. Mix again until combined, then add in vanilla extract and mix. Add in flour, baking and soda and salt, and mix until a dough forms. The dough may be crumbly but continue to mix – even using your hands if needed – until it comes together. Fold in toffee chips.

Roll about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough into a ball, then press some chocolate (your choice) into the middle. Top with an additional 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough, and seal the sides, rolling the dough into a golfball-sized ball. Place on a baking sheet about 3 inches apart (I only baked 6 at a time). Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden. Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then gently remove with a spatula to a cooling rack.

Happy now?

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177 Responses to “Brown Butter Chocolate-Stuffed Toffee Chip Cookies.”

  1. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 27, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    yes yes yes to #1 and #3 – but brown butter? mmmmmmm…that’s THISCLOSE to tying!


  2. #
    Jessica L. — October 27, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    Ryan Gosling is quite possibly the most beautiful person on the planet. LOVE.

    and the cookies look fab too :)


  3. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — October 27, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    Do you deliver? W.O.W.
    I’ll take four dozen.
    Or 400 dozen.


  4. #
    Jill — October 27, 2011 @ 7:47 am



  5. #
    Clare — October 27, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    oh what a beautiful sight.


  6. #
    Lys — October 27, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    Haha, plate-sized cookies?! Amazing!

    1) I’m glad you didn’t say Taylor Lautner. While most of America loves them some tay-tay, I do not. And if you’re Team Jacob, I hope I’m not dead to you.

    2) I love, lurve the crunchy bits of stuffing stuck to the casserole pan on Thanksgiving!

    3) We don’t wear shirts. I mean…I’ve revealed too much. Literally.

    4) I have yet to find a LBD that fits me like a glove! Does this mean I am letting down women as a society? Do leggings count? Hope so. Because I’m holding onto them for dear life, refusing to wear “real pants” till it snows. Maybe.


    • Jessica — October 27th, 2011 @ 7:56 am

      Hahaha – it’s really actually a very small plate. I swear!


  7. #
    Kathryn — October 27, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    Please will you adopt me?


  8. #
    Laura — October 27, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    Sooooo glad to find someone as passionate about brown butter as I am!! These cookies WILL be making an appearance in my kitchen soon!!


  9. #
    Kim in MD — October 27, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    Oh no you didn’t! Am I happy now? YES! These must be over-the-top amazing if you say they are the best cookie to come out of your kitchen! :-)


  10. #
    Maria — October 27, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    I want a dozen for breakfast!


  11. #
    jill — October 27, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    These look amazing! (And I have to agree about number 1 and 3 on your list!) I look forward to reading your blog every morning! You have such great ideas!


    • Jessica — October 27th, 2011 @ 8:26 am

      Thanks Jill!


  12. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — October 27, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    Oh my goodness – YUM! The best part about these (for you) is that if Mr How Sweet still thinks toffee is coffee, that means there will be more cookies left for you! :)


    • Jessica — October 27th, 2011 @ 8:26 am

      Hahaha seriously… but by the time I got around to making these ones, he realized toffee wasn’t coffee and… ate hem all.


  13. #
    Heidi — October 27, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    Ahhh yum. Though my little black dress won`t fit like a glove after a few of these, but it will be totally worth it! ; )


  14. #
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — October 27, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    Oh they look fabulous! I love toffee bits, Heath bar bit, that whole vibe, I am so into it. I used to eat DQ heath bar blizzards like it was my job, and then wonder why I was sick. Lactose issues but I ate them anyway b/c I loooooved them so much. And I was 12.

    And now, I want those cookies. Best cookies you’ve ever made? Now THAT’S high praise b/c I know you’ve made a few cookies in your day.


  15. #
    Cristy — October 27, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Mmmmmmmm….so THIS was totally worth the tease, the torturous wait–without a doubt!!!! Going to make these ta-day!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, and I agree about Ryan Gosling, but yesterday I saw a picture of a guy whose name I do not know and who is a smokin’ hottie. He was on Desperate Housewives at one time….I’ll send you the pic.


  16. #
    Rachel @ Mommygetsmoving — October 27, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    I love the pictures you take. I hope you know that when you post recipes like this I then have to frantically searched my kitchen for ingredients.


    • Jessica — October 27th, 2011 @ 8:25 am

      Thanks Rachel!


  17. #
    Lizzie C. — October 27, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    These look delish!

    PS I live in nyc and saw Ryan Gosling in the village about 2 years ago. He stood well over 6′ tall and he is even more gorgeous in person. :meltttt:


    • Jessica — October 27th, 2011 @ 8:25 am

      Don’t tease me.


  18. #
    Ali B — October 27, 2011 @ 8:19 am



  19. #
    Claire — October 27, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    I love when you post desserts. It makes my day! I want to eat that for breakfast!


  20. #
    Julie @SavvyEats — October 27, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    My sick day today would be infinitely better if you could get some of those cookies to Ithaca… just saying. ;)


  21. #
    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — October 27, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    I too love some browned butter! Not sure about drinking it with a straw, though. ;)


  22. #
    Chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files — October 27, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    LOVE Ryan gosling!! I agree withthe thanksgiving statement as well yumm but these cookies oh my god they look amazing! I want to jump through the screen and eat one NOW


  23. #
    Sally — October 27, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    I was so excited for the Ides of March and beyond disappointed when Ryan Gosling stayed clothed through the entire movie. Almost as sinful as those cookies look :)


  24. #
    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — October 27, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    How about Ryan Gosling in underwear made of these cookies? Oops, did I type that?


  25. #
    Carrie — October 27, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    mmmmmm brown butter.

    These look amazing!


  26. #
    26 — October 27, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    This. This is why I heart you…


  27. #
    Heather — October 27, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    Those look amazing.


  28. #
    Dana — October 27, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    I cannot wait to try these—they look amazing :) Keep the creative recipes coming!


  29. #
    Brittany @ B Out There — October 27, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    lace-bottomed leggings – the enemy of all ladies with muscular calves. Ugh. Oh an YUM. these cookies.


  30. #
    emily — October 27, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    Ryan Gosling… definitely, but I’m going to have to insist on putting Ryan Reynolds higher up on my list. Back in my lace-bottom-leggings days, I would have said, “You can have Ryan Gosling and I can have Ryan Reynolds,” and that would have made complete and perfect sense in Tiger Beat Land, and we would be glad that we didn’t have to compete over who got to marry whom. :)


  31. #
    Sarah — October 27, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    Yay! I have been wondering about these cookies since you posted about them! Looks amazing. I just recently forayed into the wonderful world of brown butter (brown butter apple galette anyone?), and oh is it a marvelous place! I really need to add that technique to my cooking more often.

    And I have just loved Ryan Gosling since I first saw him in Remember the Titans like ten years ago. And now he’s super hunky and delicious! You have excellent taste :)


  32. #
    Katy — October 27, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    I just got married in April and I have been trying new recipes to make the hubby happy. I can honestly say that everything I have made from your recipes have been wonderful!! Thank you so much for sharing such yummy ideas! We are having a baby in early June and I have craved your crock pot bbq so much! We have made it twice already!


  33. #
    Molly @ RDexposed — October 27, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    Mmmm Ryan Gosling…. I mean Mmmmm brown butter chocolate-stuffed toffee chip cookies….

    And I agree with Emily on the other Ryan, too!


  34. #
    Amanda — October 27, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Wow, you have really outdone yourself with these. They look so unassuming too, until you see the delicious melty chocolate center.


  35. #
    Katrina — October 27, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    Holy crap. These look amazing! Ryan Gosling is the sexiest man ever. I’m in love.


  36. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 27, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    I’d like to eat a dozen of these and imagine that LBDs don’t exist:-) Add Ryan Gosling sans shirt to that = heaven.


  37. #
    Lindsay @ Lindsay's List — October 27, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    I hate you! Just LOOKING at that last pic made my cellulite jiggle a little.


  38. #
    Mary Beth — October 27, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    There is a bag of toffee chips in my pantry right now. I think I know what they’re going to be used for!


  39. #
    Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy — October 27, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    Ahh..I want to make these….NOW! But I’m at work :(


  40. #
    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — October 27, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    LOL! I saw the picture of the cookies on the plate and thought, “WWWAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!! I wanted to see the inside of the cookie!! How could Jessica NOT show us the inside of those cookies after she stuffed all those chocolate chunks in there??!! I can’t believe she’d do that!!”
    Ugh!! I had no closure!
    Then I scroll down and (sigh) see the picture and then…
    “Happy now?”
    WAY too funny!
    Today’s baking could have been so messed up!!
    Well, at least now I can go about my day without my mind being messed up.


  41. #
    Lori @ RecipeGirl — October 27, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    What a fun cookie! I’m in love with brown butter too. But I think I’d have to take Ryan Reynolds or George Clooney over Gosling.


  42. #
    Erica — October 27, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    I love browned butter in cookies- SO good! And don’t chocolate chunks make all the difference


  43. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — October 27, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    So, I’m not going to lie to you…I don’t think those massive balls of chocolate-toffee-stuffed cookie dough would make it to the oven. Okay, well, maybe one of them would. But I could totally just take a spoon to those bad boys prebaked. Yum.


  44. #
    Emmy (Wine and Butter) — October 27, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    Heath bars are my favourite too! The only movies Ive seen Ryan in were Half Nelson and Blue Valentine – so basically playing either a crack addict or a jobless alcoholic. I dont know if thats impacting on my decision to put Asthon Kutcher (what word can I use to express my love?!) above him there!?
    Those cookies look freaking awesome! Im thinking they’d make a great alternative to pumpkin pie for thanksgiving??? Thats actually more of a statement than a question just there.


    • Jessica — October 27th, 2011 @ 9:31 am

      You never saw The Notebook?! Are you a female?! ;)


  45. #
    Lisa @ Life in Green — October 27, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    I’ve been waiting to see what this best cookie of yours was….and it does not disappoint. I love browned butter and I love toffee and I’m sure I will love these when I make them…soon. :)


  46. #
    Robyn {Planet Byn} — October 27, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    so bacon has been usurped by brown butter!


    • Jessica — October 27th, 2011 @ 9:31 am

      ooooh… I don’t know about that.


  47. #
    Rosie @ Sweetapolita — October 27, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    Um…you are awesome.


  48. #
    Erin — October 27, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    Yes those cookies make me very happy… exec pt for the fact that I am not eating one.


  49. #
    Erin — October 27, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    Let me rephrase that because it sounds like I won’t eat one. What I meant was that I am as happy as I can be without having one for myself at this very moment.


    • Jessica — October 27th, 2011 @ 10:03 am

      I gotcha. :)


  50. #
    Melissa — October 27, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    Ryan Gosling covered in brown butter??? God, I have issues.

    If you say these are the best, then I must make them. Jessica has spoken.


    • Jessica — October 27th, 2011 @ 10:02 am

      oh, I like that option.


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