Monday, February 8, 2016

Toffee Doodle Cookies


Toffee Doodle Cookies



Wow, I can't believe I've been retired for just over three months now. I've definitely been posting on my crafty blog KimsKnittingKorner a lot but this cooking blog has been woefully neglected.  I am certainly cooking and baking a lot, but I guess I've not been trying out a lot of new recipes nor have I been taking time to blog about cooking and baking. 

Around Thanksgiving time, we found ourselves at a Starbucks Coffee Shop.  My husband got a Toffee Doodle cookie and raved about it.  I can't even remember what I had.  I think we went back to Starbucks a few weeks later looking for Toffee Doodle Cookies again.  We don't spend a lot of time hanging out at Starbucks, but now that we are both retired, we have been going about an hour north to Colorado Springs for little outings.  Our favorite restaurant is Jake and Telly's Greek Taverna so our typical trek to Colorado Springs might involve a stop at Starbucks, shopping at Sam's Club, a little window shopping in downtown Colorado Springs, and then lunch or dinner at Jake and Telly's (which is actually in Old Colorado City on the west side of Colorado Springs). 

Now, back to those cookies.  I did a little search on the Internet seeing if I could find a copy cat Starbucks Toffee Doodle Cookie.  I found this recipe and whipped up a batch on Saturday.  Now, I have baked a lot of cookies in my lifetime... A LOT!  I think these may be my favorite. The combination of butter and shortening makes a beautiful cookie. The cookies are not super sweet and almost have that "salted caramel" taste (that must come from the Heath bits).  My husband was kind of hoping he would not like the cookies so he would not be tempted to eat them. We discussed how good the cookies are and I suggested I bring some cookies to some of our neighbors so we did not eat them all ourselves.  Well, I never got around to that. The cookies are all gone. We ate them ALL.  These cookies are THAT good!  So if you make these cookies and eat them all, you have been forewarned. 

Toffee Doodle Cookies
www.hersheys.com
Recipe Link is HERE.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened (I used unsalted butter)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar , divided
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1-1/3 cups (8-oz. pkg.) HEATH BITS 'O BRICKLE Toffee Bits


  • Directions


    1.  Heat oven to 400°F.
    2. Beat butter, shortening and 1 cup sugar in large bowl until fluffy. Add eggs; beat thoroughly. Stir together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in toffee bits.

    3. Stir together remaining 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon. Shape dough into 1-1/4-inch balls; roll in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Place on ungreased cookie sheet (I used parchment paper). 

    4. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.


    Saturday, November 21, 2015

    Hike on Friday


    Phew. My legs are tired. Walked Skyline with the doggies again today. We went early since I had plans to go to breakfast with a friend at 8:00 am. 


    The photos don't always capture how pretty the sunrise is. 


    So proud of the doggies. They heard deer rustling very near to us before I heard or saw any deer. They were off the leash.  When I saw the deer, the dogs started running but I said "Sandy! Brutus!  HEEL!"  I also said "Bye bye!" (as in good bye... I am leaving you).  Those dogs spun around and ran directly to me and leashed up. Good listening. Good doggies. We had treats when we got home. 


    There were five or six does.  I loved seeing these two in silhouette against the rising sun. 

    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Hike on Thursday


    Here comes the sun. Overlooking Canon City from the top of Skyline Drive. 

    Today's hike was extra chilly. I noticed some thick frost on cars as I was driving to Skyline Drive today. When I got to the trail parking lot, it was 23 degrees F.  Good news!  It warmed to 29 degrees F by the end of my hike. Yikes!


    Above, you can see the trail I walk to get down from the top of Syline Drive. It's a pale diagonal line that slopes down from the left of the screen to the right of the screen. 


    Above, the sun peaking through some of the Hogbacks. 


    Above, looking down the trail through more Hogbacks. 

    Walk on Wednesday


    Another gorgeous hike on Wednesday. 


    My husband has been out of town for a few days so it's just me and the doggies on our daily hikes. I've been able to take a few photos along the way. Sometimes the lighting has not been the best but I love showing off the beauty and diversity in the area where I live. 






    Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    Hike on Monday

    The puppies and I had a great sunrise walk on Skyline Drive on Monday. I took the next four photos right in a row, I just turned myself 90 degrees for each shot. 

    First, looking north. 


    Below, looking east as the sun is rising. 


    Below, looking south.  


    Below, looking west. 


    The sky just got prettier as I walked. 




    Hike On Tuesday



    Went for a Great hike with the doggies today.  It was really windy last night and was snowing north and south of here, but we got missed. I was thankful it was not too cold on my walk. 


    The sky looked rather dramatic. 


    Below you can see HOW windy it was last night. Blew over the portable outhouses in the parking lot at the trailhead.