Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Toffee Pecan Cowboy Cookies

In my quest to continue using up things we have, I found in my (HUGE) candy baking stash yet another bag of Heath Toffee Bits.  These were the ones with milk chocolatel.  I had seen some great looking cookies that I knew I wanted to make and the toffee sounded like a great addition them.  The cookies are Cowboy Cookies, which are basically an oatmeal cookie with chocolate and pecans added.  I threw in the toffee and a little something else and these were delicious!

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Toffee Pecan Cowboy Cookies, by Katrina at Baking and Boys!, adapted from The Sister's Cafe (Fabulous blog with yummy food, love these ladies and I don’t even know them!)

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Then I added:

4 ounces milk chocolate toffee bits

7 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips

4 ounces milk chocolate, toffee, almonds Hershey’s Symphany Bar, chopped

3 ounces Coconut M&M’s

1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Whisk together to sift.  Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugars and beat for 2-3 minutes, until smooth and fluffy.  Add the eggs and beat again for 2 minutes.  Blend in vanilla extract.

Add the dry ingredients and mix just until blended.  Stir in all the add-ins by hand (well, okay, with a spoon).  Place balls of dough on baking sheet.  I used 1 3/4 ounce scoop.  Bake for 11 minutes.  Let set on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool.

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The added crunch, flavor and chewiness from the toffee made these fantastic.  And the occasional bite of the Coconut M&M’s was delightful.  You must try toffee bits in your cookies if you haven’t.  I’m so in love with them.

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Sam wouldn’t be in the picture, but here’s the other three all dressed and ready for church.  Great accomplishment here, but since Kevin was home, he was able to get Scott to wear his new suit!  Doesn’t he look all grown up and ready to be 12!

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I love this picture.  It looks like Scott and Parker are holding Taylor’s hands.  Ah, but they are not.  And could Taylor BE any cuter?

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Handsome boys, for sure!  Sam was off hiding around the corner.  It wasn’t worth trying to make him be in the picture.

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Just that Kevin was even able to get Scott to put on a tie and tuck in his white shirt is more of an accomplishment than you may realize, let alone the whole suit.

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Every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man!

Great looking young man there, Scottie!  (I wonder how much longer he’ll actually let me call him Scottie?)

30 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

Your cookies sound amazing and look like such a treat. I have never heard of coconut m and ms before..

The boys look darling!

Kayte said...

Cookies are cute, boys are HANDSOME! You are in for some fun times with girls calling when they are teens. I love it when girls call and hang up...don't they know we have caller id???? LOL. I love the choir girls who call Matt and say, "What time is practice this week?" Duh, same as always....LOL. It's too too fun. Tell the boys they look fantastically handsome. Don't tell them about the girls...they won't get it yet. LOL.

Kat said...

Those look so delicious. And your boys are darling. Take a peek at my baking blog. I am hosting a giveaway for a beautiful vintage recipe box. Thanks so much.
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steph said...

Those cookies look great! I just bought some oatmeal. I should make these tonight.

Your boys are very handsome!

Leslie said...

Coconut m and m's???? where have they been all my life???? Adorable kids..as always!

Holly said...

Yummy looking cookies! cute boys too;)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

These cookies look amazing! As do your boys. You're right, no girl can get away from a guy in a suit :P

Eliana said...

Oh lord - these cookies look amazing. But not as good as your beautiful as your boys :)

Pam said...

The boys look very handsome.

The cookies look and sound FANTASTIC. I've neve seen coconut m&m's. YUM!

Mindy said...

OH, I'm so glad you liked the cowboy cookies. They are a fav at our house! I am definitely going to be trying the new add-ins, too. I am in love with coconut m&ms, but I haven't thought of baking with them yet. Great idea! Mindy (one of the sisters at the Sisters Cafe)

Valerie said...

Those look so good. I haven't tried the Coconut M&M's yet, but they sound great.

Mary said...

The cookies sound wonderful. The M and M's haven't made it here yet, but I'll be ready for them when they arrive. The boys are better than wonderful. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Natalie said...

i would love to see your candy stash---i have a similar "baking box" that's overflowing...as is the amount of chocolate in my freezer :)

i'm a sucker for cute boys in dress clothes-adorable!

Becky said...

Cowboy cookies ROCK! I've never added toffee bits, yummy. I love little men in their suits. My oldest son wore his first suit when he was 12, just handsome.

Girl Foodie said...

Coconut M&Ms???
I need those in my life, I hope they come over to the UK so that we can try them!
The cookies and your kids look adorable. I've bookmarked the recipe so that I can make them for MY boys.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Wow. You're tempting my sweet tooth big time here. And your boys are adorable!

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Yummy.I love this.Wanna take a bite.

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jillbert said...

Yummy! I think I'm out of toffee bits, but have some other things in my stash that could go into cookies. I haven't seen those coconut M&Ms but they sound great.

mike said...

Lucky boys... getting all these treats! Especially these cookies -they sound amazing! And coconut m&m's.... need to search those out! Use them in the almond joy brownies!

Mimi said...

Just call them candy cookies, they look great. Your boys are so cute.
Mimi

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Your boys are adorable. Wow do these cookies look grand!

roofing Toronto said...

I love cookies and I'll try that recipe. Can't wait to see what they taste like. Ymmmm