A bold shot of espresso counteracts sweet toffee bits in these speckled drop cookies.
Notes: I used HEATH BITS'O BRICKLE Toffee Bits. If you can't find them, you can replace them with either a crushed Heath or Skor Bar (if you don't mind adding chocolate) or butterscotch chips (which also won't be exactly the same.) Either way, I'd suggest chopping the replacement toffee finely, as the Heath Bits are exactly that: super small crumbs of toffee that keep these cookies from being chunky.
I used Medaglia D'oro Instant Espresso, which can be found in some supermarkets or online. I really recommend keeping some in your pantry—a teaspoon will boost the flavor of most any chocolate dessert.
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- 1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 ounces) all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon instant espresso (see note)
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup (about 3 1/2 ounces) packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup Heath Bits'o Brickle Toffee Bits (see note above)
Adjust oven racks to upper and lower-middle positions and preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and espresso; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter, brown sugar, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg. Add dry ingredients and mix on low speed evenly combined. mix in toffee bits. Drop dough by the rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets. Bake until cookies are just starting to get golden at the edges, 14 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and serve.