Some cookie recipes require that you chill the dough before you bake them in order to help prevent them from spreading. What if you really want to make that kind of cookie but you don’t have the time (some require three or four hours, and others are overnight which is even worse)? Well I suppose you could not bake it and choose something else. I like my solution better which is to turn them into cookie cups! Since the cookie bakes inside of a muffin cup there is no way it can spread into thin disks.
I needed to bake something last minute for my husband’s company BBQ. With little time on my hands, I whipped up these delicious cookie cups which are loaded with toffee bits and topped with chocolate chips and more toffee bits.
Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups Recipe
(Makes about 40 cookie cups)
- 3/4 cup (equivalent to 1 and 1/2 sticks) butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 4 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 package (8 ounce) toffee bits (I use Heath English Toffee Bits, Bits ‘O Brickle Toffee Bits), divided per the directions
- sprinkling of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place paper liners in a standard sized muffin pan or grease each muffin cup. Set it aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter, white sugar, light brown sugar, vanilla, and salt until combined.
- Beat in the eggs. Set the wet ingredients aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
- Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
- Stir in 1 cup of the toffee bits. Reserve the rest of the toffee bits from the package to sprinkle on top of each cookie cup.
- Drop about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of cookie dough into each muffin cup.
- Bake them in the preheated oven for 13 to 15 minutes (mine took 14 minutes), or until they are slightly brown.
- Let them cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes then remove them to a wire rack.
- While the cookie cups are still warm, fill each cookie cup with a sprinkling of toffee bits and chocolate chips.
Store them in an air tight container or freeze them in a freezer friendly bag.
I used light brown sugar because the extra chewiness created by dark brown sugar isn’t needed here. The toffee bits themselves soften and make the cookies quite chewy.
Wahoo, no chilling time required! Go straight away to dropping about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of cookie dough into each muffin cup. Let them cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes then remove them to a wire rack. It’s crucial that the cookie cups be as warm as possible when you fill them with chocolate chips and toffee bits because the heat from the cookie cups will help them stick.
I usually use paper liners for muffins so I was excited to have a different use for them today. It’s not required that you use them but they do make it easier to remove each cookie cup from the muffin pan. Plus they make for an awesome presentation and at a BBQ it means you don’t even need a plate to grab one. 🙂
Viola! Everyone at the BBQ was intrigued by what they saw. Is it a cookie? Is it a muffin? It’s both! Almost like magic right? Several people asked me for the recipe instantly. I was happy to share. 🙂
I know why they were a huge hit. They are a buttery cookie full of caramel flavors from the toffee bits and that is of course awesome. These cookie cups are incredibly soft and chewy. That’s the best kind in my book!
These little guys sink in the middle a little while they are cooling down and I wanted to use that space for more great flavors. Naturally I gravitated toward chocolate chips and a bit of extra toffee. Chocolate goes perfectly with toffee. I only sprinkled a little on top for a touch of sweet chocolaty flavor. The toffee is the real focal point here though. 🙂
I wonder what other cookies I can turn into cookie cups. Hmmm, the wheels are turning. 🙂
Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups: Tina’s Chic Corner
Base of the cookie recipe is adapted from: Hershey’s
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