Elevate Your Cookie Game with Espresso, Brown Butter, Toffee, and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn't love a classic chocolate chip cookie? They're the ultimate comfort food, a timeless treat that brings back fond memories of childhood. But after thinking long and hard about how I could elevate my classic recipe and make them even better...I discovered our Espresso, Brown Butter, Toffee, and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies – a cookie like no other!

At first glance, these cookies might seem like your average chocolate chip cookies, but don't be fooled. The combination of brown butter, a hint of espresso, toffee bits, and dark chocolate chunks creates a flavor explosion that will leave your taste buds dancing. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the recipe and why these cookies are an absolute must-try.

The Magic of Brown Butter: The secret ingredient that sets these cookies apart is brown butter. If you've never browned butter before, you're in for a treat. By gently cooking butter until it turns a golden brown color and releases a rich, nutty aroma, you're adding a depth of flavor that's hard to beat. It's the foundation of these cookies, infusing them with a delightful, almost caramel-like richness.

A Hint of Espresso: Espresso might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of chocolate chip cookies, but trust us, it works wonders. The espresso powder doesn't overpower the cookies but rather enhances their complexity. It adds a subtle, slightly bitter note that beautifully complements the sweetness of the toffee and dark chocolate. It's the secret ingredient that makes these cookies truly unique.

The Sweet Crunch of Toffee: Toffee bits are a game-changer in these cookies. They provide a delightful crunch and a burst of caramel flavor with every bite. The contrast of the crisp toffee and the soft, chewy cookie is simply irresistible.

Rich Dark Chocolate Chunks: Of course, a good chocolate chip cookie wouldn't be complete without high-quality chocolate. Dark chocolate chunks are used in this recipe, and their deep, intense flavor balances the sweetness of the toffee and brown butter. Every mouthful is a heavenly mix of sweet and bitter chocolate goodness.

Perfect Cookie Texture: These cookies have it all when it comes to texture. A crispy outer edge gives way to a soft and chewy center, creating the ideal cookie experience. The toffee bits add an extra layer of texture, making every bite exciting and satisfying.

Stack of chocolate chip cookies with toffee bits and large dark chocolate chunks.

So If you're a cookie enthusiast and have been searching for that one special recipe to elevate your cookie game, these Espresso, Brown Butter, Toffee, and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies are a must-try. The combination of brown butter, espresso, toffee, and dark chocolate takes the classic chocolate chip cookie to a whole new level of deliciousness.

So, roll up your sleeves, follow the recipe we provided, and get ready to savor a cookie that's complex, rich, and absolutely worth the effort. Once you've tasted these cookies, you'll never look at chocolate chip cookies the same way again. Enjoy!



We recommend using a scale for this recipe for the most accurate measurements.

  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp browned butter (142 g)
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar (142 g)
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp granulated sugar (115 g)
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup + 1 tbsp white bread flour (120 g)
  • ¾ cup + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour (112 g)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (8 g)
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp espresso powder
  • ¾ cup toffee bits (110 g)
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chunks (130 g)



    1. Prepare the Brown Butter: In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Allow it to cook, swirling occasionally using a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula, until it turns an amber brown color and emits a nutty aroma. Be careful not to burn it, you will need to closely monitor it once the butter begins browning.

    Remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes, then place it into the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes until it begins to firm slightly. 
    1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

    2. Mix Wet Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the browned butter, light brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Mix until well combined and creamy. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly.

    3. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk the bread flour, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder.

    4. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Do not overmix.

    5. Add Mix-ins: Gently fold in the toffee bits and dark chocolate chunks until evenly distributed throughout the dough. (We recommend reserving a portion of the toffee bits and the dark chocolate (about 1/4 cup each) for the tops of the cookies before they go into the oven).

    6. Form Cookies: Using a cookie scoop or spoon, portion the dough into balls and place them on the prepared baking sheets, leaving space between each for spreading. 

    7. Bake: Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown, but the centers are still slightly soft.

    8. Cool and Enjoy: Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Once cooled, indulge in these delightful, complex-flavored chocolate chip cookies that perfectly blend the richness of brown butter, the hint of espresso, the sweetness of toffee, and the deep, dark chocolate chunks. Enjoy!

    Note: The baking time may vary depending on your oven and desired cookie consistency. Adjust accordingly.

       A stack of chocolate chip cookies on a plate with dark chocolate chunks and a black cup of coffee.


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              November 03, 2023 — Trove Desserts

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