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Megans Cookin: Sparkling Butter Toffee Cookie Recipe

Friday, December 4, 2009

Sparkling Butter Toffee Cookie Recipe

The 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies!


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Sparkling Butter Toffee Cookies!

My cookies look like they have the measles. Let me explain.

I found this beautiful Sparkling Christmas Cookie recipe over at Recipe Girl’s Blog.

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 I thought her recipe would make such a pretty cookie and I thought of my cookie press.  I try to use it every Christmas and this seemed like the perfect cookie.

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It didn't even occur to me that it wouldn’t work. Not even when Recipe Girl said  “I used a fork to do the crisscross pattern- the pattern disappears as the cookies are baked.” 

No Bells went off in my head, no whistles, no red flags, nothing.

I was just thinking *Oh how cute these will be*

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It was kind of hard to really see the pattern, but needless to say, my stamped design did not turn out at all. They baked right in just as Lori had said.

That’s when I got out the red sparkly sugar. I decided to *dress them up*, make the cookies more festive now that my holiday design disappeared.

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I should have left well enough alone. I should have left them all sparkly and white. They  had such a seductive simplicity about them.

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So the red sugar baked right into the cookie and just didn’t behave like the white Sparkling sugar. Instead, my cookies look like they have a bad case of the measles.

But what they lack in sparkle, they made up for in taste.

See for yourself!


Please stop by and check at  the Christmas cookies that all my buddies are baking. Tis the season!

  1. Barbara from Barbara Bakes
  2. April from Abby Sweets
  3. Denise from Keeper Worthy Recipes
  4. Megan's from My Baking Adventures
  5. Kim from Stirring the Pot

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(printable Recipe)

Found at

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup toffee bits
    additional sugar for rolling*

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (or leave them ungreased).

2. Combine sugar, butter, egg and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often until creamy.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add to wet mixture and beat until well mixed. Stir in toffee bits by hand.

4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2-inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Flatten each with bottom of glass to 1½-inch circles (if glass sticks, dip in sugar). Cookies may also be flattened with a fork in a crisscross pattern.

5. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are just lightly browned. Do not overbake. Sprinkle with additional sugar while warm. Cool completely.

Yield: About 3 dozen

*To  make these cookies extra sparkly, use “White Sparkling Sugar”- which can be found in cooking supply stores.

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Blogger Shelby said...

I have "read" recipes before and not even realized I didn't really "read" it! Then I get all irritated with myself! In any case, I don't think they look all that bad! I love your snowman and crystal settings and I really love that cookie press!

December 5, 2009 at 3:23 AM  
Blogger Katy ~ said...

Megan, I like the red sprinkles, really I do. I think they're charming.

I hear you about misreading or misinterpreting the intention of a recipe. LOL, I can't tell you how often I end up trying to salvage a recipe I've messed up. Thank heavens for second chances, grins.

December 5, 2009 at 4:09 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

This post made me laugh :)

I actually was just saying that I need to make this recipe again. I need a better picture! The more chunky, sparkle sugar that you can get to attach to the cookie, the better!

December 5, 2009 at 5:43 AM  
Blogger tinyskillet said...

Hey isn't that all part of cooking? I think the red sprinkles add a little mystery to them, I like them. Your display for the photo is so cute. Love your ice theme, and cute cookie press. Now you'll have to make some where we can see the design :)

December 5, 2009 at 5:45 AM  
Blogger April said...

I think the red sprinkles give them a little holiday spirit!

December 5, 2009 at 6:06 AM  
Blogger April said...

I think the red sprinkles give them a little holiday spirit!

December 5, 2009 at 6:06 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

I love the red:) great post!

December 5, 2009 at 6:33 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I love the cookie press, and the cute candle, and all the props you sprinkled on the table. And I love your little red dots on the cookies!

December 5, 2009 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I think the cookies are lovely - measles did not pop into my mind when I saw them, instead I thought they were so cute and festive!

December 5, 2009 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

They sparkle!!!!

December 5, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

I love sprinkles! Your cookies are so festive, I would gobble them right up :)

December 5, 2009 at 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Karen said...

I think the red sparkles look great!

December 5, 2009 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

how lovely, a perfect holiday treat!

December 5, 2009 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

Megan, these really do looks good.

December 6, 2009 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

I think they look pretty! And they sound scrumptious!

December 6, 2009 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger stephchows said...

even if the design baked away... it would sure be fun having that cute snowman stamping down all the cookies!

December 7, 2009 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Tasty Eats At Home said...

You made me smile - I wouldn't have even thought "gee these cookies look like they have the measles" if you hadn't mentioned it...although I might have wondered why they were pink. But the fact that they have toffee in them makes it ALL better! Love toffee.

December 7, 2009 at 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Kate @ Savour Fare said...

I like the red sprinkles! I think they're darling and very festive. Sort of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in spirit!

December 7, 2009 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger ♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

My first time at this site and boy its just so simply dang dang cutey cutey & christmacy-loved every post & resource-u rock!!!!
wish i could find a jar of marshmellow cream but all i can here is D-I-Y,which i loce ofcourse!!!!
great ideas-v inspirational!!!

December 8, 2009 at 2:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they are actually pretty and definitely sound super delicious!

December 8, 2009 at 5:53 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Yum...toffee! LOL - the measles, very cute! They don't look like they have the measles at all, they look festive.

December 8, 2009 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

I think they're adorable with the red in them.... reminds me of candy canes!

December 8, 2009 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger ♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

oLA Megan,
yup i did have a fantastic day!!!
U know what-ur cookies are so dang cute-i loved the red sparkling sugar!!!
If i lay my hands on some sparkling sugar & toffee,this will absolutely will baking away this christmas!!!
Love all ur cookies & ur dang cute as a cutest button blog!!!
Beijinhos e boa semana Megan,
sugar plum....

December 8, 2009 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger ♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Hi Megan,these seem to be the crunchy kinda cookie,ie if i bake em a little longer,not the cakkey or chewy kind?
Am i right?
COz have to bake a batch now and will go ahead only if they crunchy kind?
thanx a ton....

December 16, 2009 at 5:51 AM  

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