My dear mom makes the best blondies in all the land (IMHO) and thought it would be a fun experiment to try and convert them into cookie form. This is the outrageously delicious result! Basically a chocolate chip cookie meets blondie brownie meets melty yummy salty toffee chocolate chunks! I mean, could it get any better?? Methinks not. Happy baking, you guys! Oh and my guess is Santa would be pretty stoked to find a few of these and a glass of milk beside the Christmas tree.
2 sticks unsalted butter, cubed
1/2 cup white sugar
1-1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 T vanilla extract
2 T strong coffee or espresso
2-3/4 cups (330g) all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
9 ounces salted toffee chocolate, chopped (I used 3 of these Theo bars)
Maldon sea salt
1. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
2. In a standing mixer, beat butter, sugars, vanilla extract for about five minutes until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat a few minute more. On low, add half the flour and beat until just combined then add coffee. Add the rest of the flour and just before combined throw in the chocolate pieces. Turn once or twice more and transfer dough to a container to be chilled for 24 to 48 hours (48 is best if you can wait that long).
3. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Using a dough or ice cream scooper, scoop out dough into 2-1/2 ounce balls (about the size of a golf ball) and place 6 balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet, evenly spaced. They spread out quite a bit. Sprinkle generously with Maldon sea salt. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. About 8 minutes in, remove sheet from oven and drop it straight down on the counter from a few inches. If the salt jumps off, sprinkle some more on there. Do this once or twice more every 2 to 3 minutes until cookies have golden edges but still slightly undercooked in the center.
3. Let cool on sheet for a few minutes then transfer to wire rack. Serve warm or room temperature with milk, tea or coffee.
Makes 15 large cookies.