These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies have it all! A chewy brown sugar oatmeal cookie with crisp toffee bits and melty sweet chocolatey! It’s a good thing this recipe makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies because they will go fast! Perfect for a rainy day baking session or for feeding a crowd.
This post and recipe is in remembrance of Michelle Mead-Salley R.N., who first introduced me to this recipe back when we worked together in the ER of Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak, Michigan.
Meet my husbands favorite cookie.
These are the “hey, take these up north with you” cookies. They’re also my “Oh my gosh! I just forgot to get the only two things you asked me to pick up from the grocery store. Peace offering?” cookies. I know that if I present these cookies to him, all will be well.
Many years ago, a nurse I worked with Michelle brought these cookies in to share. I of course accepted (who passes up free cookies?) and took a bite and then died right there in my scrubs at my desk. These are really REALLLLY good cookies. They are soft and chewy, with crispy candy-like edges!
Now I know some of you who aren’t huge fan of coconut may turn your nose up at these. So did my husband, that is until I held him down and shoved one in his mouth. Oh would you look at that?! He loves them and now he claims these are his favorite cookies! Crazy how that works. To be honest, I don’t think there’s an over whelming coco-nutty flavor, and neither does Pat. Promise.
These oatmeal chocolate chip toffee cookies have so much going on in them you won’t know which ingredient is your favorite. Will it be the chocolate chips? The toffee bits? Oatmeal (probably not)? Or will it be the love-to-hate ingredient coconut?
To Make These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies You Will Need:
- unbleached all-purpose flour – The base for the cookie dough.
- baking soda– Creates a gas while baking which helps the cookies rise.
- cinnamon (ground) – Lends a distinct warm and woodsy flavor.
- fine salt – Use either sea salt or pink himalayan.
- softened unsalted butter – Lends richness, tenderness and structure to cookies.
- dark brown sugar – Lends a richer, more complex flavor.
- pure vanilla extract – Adds warmth and enhances all of the other flavors in this recipe.
- eggs – Add structure, leavening and flavor.
- chocolate chips – We like milk chocolate in ours but use what you like!
- toffee bits-o-brickle – This is made by Heath.
- quick cooking oats – I do not suggest using old fashioned oats in this recipe.
- coconut flakes – for this recipe I use sweetened coconut.
To start, preheat your oven to 375° and line two rimmed baking pans with either parchment paper or silicon baking mats.
Then in a small bowl, whisk together 1-3/4 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon each ground cinnamon and baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Once combined, set this off to the side.
Meanwhile in the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, throw in two sticks of room temperature unsalted butter. Mix on low until creamy (30 seconds or so) then add in the 2 cups of dark brown sugar. Continue to mix until incorporated and the butter/sugar mixture is light and creamy, about 2 minutes.
Measure and pour in 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.
Crack and add one egg in at a time, mixing well after each one.
Gradually add in the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just incorporated.
Next, gradually add in the 3 cups of quick oats, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go.
You can easily turn old fashioned oats into quick oats by pulsing (old fashioned) rolled oats in your food processor. However, 3 cups old fashioned oats DOES NOT equal 3 cups quick cooking oats. Because the oats are blitzed into smaller oats, you will need more old fashioned oats to get 3 cups quick cooking.
Now is the time, I highly suggest you turn to your most sturdy spatula or wooden spoon. I have broken a cheap, plastic-handled spatula on this cookie dough before. And I’m afraid that the motor on my kitchen aid can only handle so much.
Trust me on this.
Add in the entire bag of toffee (bits o’ brickle), 1 cup of sweetened coconut flakes and the bag of (semi-sweet or milk chocolate) chocolate chips.
If using regular chocolate chips, use a 2 tablespoon scoop. Therefore, if using chocolate chunks, I recommend a 3 tablespoon scoop to measure the cookie dough. Place the cookie dough onto the prepared pans, leaving an inch or so in-between each cookie.
Lastly, bake in your preheated 375° oven for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the pan to ensure even baking. Once baked, remove the cookies and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes before removing.
Finely it’s time to enjoy one of these oatmeal chocolate chip toffee cookies.
Now, look at the bottom of this cookie! Because toffee has melted and then cooled, it gives these oatmeal chocolate chip toffee cookies a candy-like crunch to the bottom. Which is my favorite part. Normally no one would care about the bottom of their cookie, but when it comes to these however, it’s a thing worth noticing.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies
- 1¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups quick cooking oats, see notes
- 1⅓ cups Heath Bits-o-Brickle Toffee Bits, or 1 bag
- 1 cup coconut flakes, sweetened or unsweetened
- 10 ounces milk chocolate chips, or 1 bag
- Preheat your oven to 375° line your baking sheets with parchment or a silicon mat.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer - fitted with your paddle attachment, add in the softened butter and mix until creamy. Next, add in the dark brown sugar and mix until light and creamy, about 2 minutes.
- Then add in the vanilla and one egg at a time, mixing well after each egg. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Next add in half of the flour mixture, mixing on low until all ingredients are incorporated. Then repeat with the remaining flour. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Gradually add in the quick oats, mixing until combined. Then with a sturdy spatula, stir in by hand the toffee bits, coconut and chocolate chips. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl one last time.
- Use a (2 or 3 tablespoon**) cookie scoop to measure the cookie dough and place an inch or so apart on prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes and let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from pan as the toffee may stick.
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