Sometime you don't want a whole lot of cookies sitting on the counter. These chewy toffee cookies with milk chocolate, white chocolate, and salted nuts have something to please everyone.
I wonder how many of you have been successful at maintaining your summer weight. Hopefully, you have obtained better results than me. I have not been able to, nor have I tried very hard to lose a few vanity pounds this summer. Making food for this blog has not helped with the situation one iota. These cookies, for example, are fantastic but are certainly not calorie-free. But when chewy homemade cookies with milk chocolate toffee bits, white chocolate, and salted cashews are sitting on my countertop, it is pretty hard to resist! And a girl's gotta eat...
To take preemptive measures and gain some control, I bake small batch cookies. This recipe produces 1.5 dozen cookies instead of the typical 3 dozen. Everyone in my family can have 2 or 3 and the remaining handful can be dispersed to u
nsuspecting victims who thought they were going to go through the day without falling off the diet wagon a few eager and willing volunteers.
Once you bite into one of these delectable cookies, you will be glad that there is only a small batch as you would be tempted to eat them all. I love the nuts in here. I used cashews, although any nut of choice would be fine. Make sure that they are salted. The salt balances the sweetness of the all the other ingredients beautifully.
I have baked these cookies in a regular cookie sheets and heavy bottom ones. The heavy-bottom-baked cookies look like these in the photos: they spread yet retain a bit of thickness. The standard baking sheets produced cookies that spread more and were thinner. To prevent this from occurring, flatten the dough and chill for at least 30 minutes prior to dolloping them onto the cookie sheet and baking. As an added bonus to this recipe, it is easily made by hand mixing alone. No need to drag out and clean up electrical appliances here!
So, if you are winning the battle of the weight, make these cookies to reward yourself (giggling). Even if you have not been successful, make some for those in your circle with a sweet tooth. They will love you for it!