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This easy Butterscotch Toffee Cookies recipe may be the best flavor of cookies you’ve ever tasted. They are simple enough to whip up anytime you’re in the mood for a wonderful treat. 

butterscotch toffee cookies stacked on a wire rack

Butterscotch toffee cookies

I know how much you love my chocolate chip cookie recipe. Well, I took that same recipe and made a few adjustments. And I added butterscotch chips and chocolate toffee bits.

This resulted in the chewiest butterscotch toffee cookie. It’s pure cookie satisfaction!

I started with my chocolate chip cookie base. I’m using all of the same ingredients, just different amounts and the addition of cornstarch. The cornstarch made these cookies extra soft while the added egg yolk added chewiness. The perfect combination.

There are so many ways to jazz up this cookie base! I’ve made granola cookies and chocolate apricot chunk cookies using this same recipe as a base.

butterscotch toffee cookies spread out on a wire rack

This recipe doesn’t require you to chill the dough

Since this recipe calls for melted butter, you would think it is important to chill the dough. But you absolutely don’t need to.

You can, however, make the dough ahead of time and keep refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Allow the dough to come to room temperature before rolling or it may be too crumbly to work with.

Slightly underbake the cookies

It is always best to slightly underbake cookies. The edges should be set while the centers will still be soft. As the cookies cool, they will continue to set resulting in a fabulously chewy center.

The cookies will stay soft for several days. My husband took them to work and they literally disappeared. They were that good!

four and a half butterscotch toffee cookies stacked on a wire rack

How to make butterscotch toffee cookies

Step 1: Combine the dry ingredients

Make sure to measure the flour correctly. You can lightly spoon it into a measuring cup then level it with the back of a knife or weigh it.

Whisk the flour with the other dry ingredients together in a bowl.

dry ingredients for butterscotch toffee cookies in a glass bowl

Step 2: Combine the wet ingredients

Whisk all the wet ingredients together in a bowl until it’s well combined.

wet ingredients for butterscotch toffee cookies combined in a glass bowl

Step 3: Combine the wet and dry ingredients

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold them together with a silicone spatula until it’s well combined.

wet and dry ingredients for cookie dough in a glass bowl
cookie dough in a glass bowl

Step 4: Add the butterscotch and toffee pieces

Fold the toffee pieces and butterscotch into the dough. There is a lot of toffee so keep folding the dough with a silicone spatula until it’s all mixed in.

butterscotch chips and chocolate toffee pieces added to cookie dough in a glass bowl
butterscotch toffee cookie dough in a glass bowl

Step 5: Bake the cookies

Roll the dough into 1 and ½ tablespoon-sized balls then bake for 10-12 minutes in a 350°F oven.

butterscotch toffee cookie dough balls on a baking sheet
butterscotch toffee cookie broken in half on a white background
  • I used chocolate toffee pieces but you can go with plain toffee piece if you’d like.
  • Avoid scooping the flour out with the measuring cup. Either lightly spoon the flour into a measuring cup or weigh it to be sure you are using the correct amount.

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butterscotch toffee cookies stacked on a wire rack

Butterscotch Toffee Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 27 minutes

This easy Butterscotch Toffee Cookies recipe may be the best cookies you’ve ever tasted. They are simple enough to whip up anytime.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (260 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup (100 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups (146 g) chocolate toffee pieces
  • 1 cup (170 g) butterscotch chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt; stir with a whisk. Set aside.
  3. Combine melted butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk until the mixture is smooth and free of clumps. Whisk in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. 
  4. Add the flour mixture and stir just until well blended. Fold in the chocolate toffee pieces and butterscotch chips.
  5. Roll cookie dough into 1.5 tablespoons sized balls and place them 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. 
  6. Bake cookies for 12 minutes or until lightly brown and just underdone. Cool the cookies on the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

Notes

Make ahead tip

  1. The cookies will keep for up to one week stored at room temperature in an airtight container.
  2. The dough can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Bring the dough to room temperature and continue with step 6.
  3. Freeze baked cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. Freeze unbaked cookie dough balls for up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature and bake as directed

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 102mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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74 Comments

  1. Is there anyway I can add a coffee element to this? Mix in two espresso shots or will that mess up the consistency?

    1. I don’t recommend adding liquid to the dough. You can possibly mix in a teaspoon of instant espresso powder but I can’t guarantee how that will taste.

  2. This is my favourite cookie recipe. I use it as a base for other types as well. Thank you!

  3. Cathy Lynn says:

    Would it mess up the recipe to mix with the paddle attachment of the kitchen aid mixer?

  4. After I chill the dough for 2 hrs do I roll and bake the cookies right out of the fridge?

    1. Yes, that’s perfectly fine to do. If the dough is too stiff to scoop, let it sit for a few minutes to soften.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    These cookies are perfectly fabulous! I should have read the tips about bringing dough to room temp after chilling but I
    Was able to scoop them with an open ice cream scoop.

  6. How to make this eggless?

  7. I have to make a double batch every time I make these!! And they never last more than 3 days!! My customer love them as much as my home care clients do! Thank you for a great base cookie dough which I tweaked to suit the needs of my clients!

  8. Perfect chewy texture. Have made this recipe several times.