Milk Chocolate Almond and Toffee Cookies for a Virtual Cookie Swap

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Chewy cookies with bits of toffee and chunks of almond filled Hershey’s Kisses

Milk Chocolate Almond and Toffee Cookies

There are some cookies that I can eat just one of*, but there are others where I can’t stop going back for more.  Those are the cookies that are so addicting as soon as I come up for a breathe, they have disappeared**.

*Complete lie unless said cookie is the size of my head

**That is what happens when you stuff your face

Milk Chocolate Almond and Toffee Cookies

These cookies fall into the latter category. Well, obviously because the first category does not exist in my world.  The other reason is that these cookies are chewy, sweet (but not too sweet), and have a mix of melt in your mouth milk chocolate and toffee, almond crunch balance.  Does that even make any sense?  Probably not, but we shouldn’t get bogged down with details here.  These cookies are just good.  And so good, that I feel a little guilty using them for a virtual cookie swap.  It just isn’t right to tease someone through the computer screen.

Milk Chocolate Almond and Toffee Cookies

However, knowing that Rachel and others are doing the same thing to me, teasing me with sugary buttery deliciousness, I don’t feel too  bad.  You shouldn’t either.  Instead, pay a visit to the Virtual Cookie Swap at the Avid Appetite and schedule yourself some time in the kitchen.


Milk Chocolate Almond and Toffee Cookies

Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup toffee bits
  • 1 cup chopped Almond Hershey Kisses (~30 kisses)


  • Lightly chop Hershey’s Kisses; set aside
  • Combine flour with the other dry ingredients and whisk together; set aside
  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars on high until light and fluffy
  • Add eggs and vanilla and beat at medium speed until combined
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add in the dry ingredients
  • Stir in chocolate pieces and toffee into batter
  • Chill dough in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight
  • Once ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Scoop heaping tablespoons of cookie dough onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper
  • Bake in the oven for 9-10 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges
  • Allow to cool before serving

Adapted from these Doughy Chocolate Chunk Cookies [/print_this]

Milk Chocolate Almond and Toffee Cookies

And finally for the Duncan Hines cake mix winners! 

I used a random number generator to pick two winners:

#50 – Kelli who said “great trifle idea! always looking for different variations. can’t wait to try this!”

#77 – Chris M. who said “thanks. Love to try these products for my girlfriend”

Kelli and Chris- send me an email at keepitsweetlcl at gmail dot com and I’ll mail you the coupons!


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39 Responses to “Milk Chocolate Almond and Toffee Cookies for a Virtual Cookie Swap”

  1. Kathryn December 6, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    These cookies look awesome and contain a lot of my favourite ingredients – love them! On my way to check out the rest of the cookie swap right now!

  2. Tina@flourtrader December 6, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    Great to see a cookie recipe with milk chocolate in it, with all the emphasis on dark it has kind of been forgotten about. These do look chewy and delicious, just the way I like them-yum!

  3. Val December 6, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Those cookies look too good to share, even virtually. It’s the toffee in there that really has my mind thinking selfish thoughts. Love the whole mix of flavours and textures

  4. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 6, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    I told my friend about this but for some reason didn’t fully comprehend it was 100% virtual, no mailing of items required and for me, being that I am traveling, now I wish I had done it! ALL the cookies look…amazing!! Yours look great.. I love toffee!

  5. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean December 6, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    i love that our cookies are so similar!!! yours look great!

  6. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray December 6, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    These look so delicious! I love chewy cookies–and toffee is severely underappreciated! :)

  7. Kiri W. December 6, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    Oooh, toffee cookies – definitely the kind of cookie I inhale a plate of in seconds. ;) Great recipe, now I want cookies!

  8. Erin December 6, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Yes please! Good thing I have toffee bits waiting for a purpose in my pantry.

  9. amy @ fearless homemaker December 6, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    ooh, i so wanted to do rachel’s virtual cookie swap but between the holidays + the food blogger real-life cookie swap, i was afraid i wouldn’t have enough time to do a great job. looks like she had tons of great bloggers anyway! these look absolutely amazing!

  10. Liz @ Tip Top Shape December 6, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    These look fantastic!!

  11. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite December 6, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    As I’ve told you already…your photos are stunning!! I love that this uses milk chocolate, since I’m not really a fan of dark or semisweet. I cannot wait to try them! Thanks so much for participating Lauren – love ya girl!

  12. Monica @ The Yummy Life December 6, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Toffee, almonds, and chocolate have to be my favorite sweet flavor combo, so these cookies are calling my name. They look delicious.

  13. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic December 6, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    I love all the flavors in these cookies!! And so fun that you used chopped Kisses :)

  14. Joanna December 6, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Participating in this cookie swap was so much fun, but you’re right… it’s such a tease. I wish we did this in real life so I can taste all this yumminess! Everything about this cookie sounds delicious. I must try them!

  15. alex December 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    this cookie is one that I definitely would need to eat a dozen once. great recipe!

  16. Florida Foodie December 6, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    These look yum! I love how I can imagine what they will taste like based on your description and the photos. My mouth is watering!

  17. Colleen Bierstine December 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    Why must you always make such delicious things? I’m a sucker for chocolate and toffee. AND you’ve got almonds in there? I’m sold.

    • KeepItSweet December 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

      Thanks, Colleen:-)

  18. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog December 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Those cookies look really good! I love how there’s toffee in them! :)

  19. thelittleloaf December 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    There’s no such thing as a cookie you can eat just one of! But even if there was I agree, these definitely would not be it. They look wickedly chocolaty and delicious.

  20. Lindsey@Lindselicious December 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    I have a bag of toffee in my kitchen that is waiting to be made into this!

  21. Parsley Sage December 6, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Oh, it makes sense all right. Beautiful, chocolatey, toffitey sense. WANT!

    Buzzed :)

  22. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. December 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    Ohh, what yummy cookies these are! Love the toffee in them too! I could go for a few right now with some milk!

  23. Tracey December 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    I don’t bake with toffee bits nearly enough. I need to remedy that, these cookies wouldn’t last long in my house at all :)

  24. Happy When Not Hungry December 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    These cookies look amazing! Love the flavors.

  25. Baking Serendipity December 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    These would disappear quick in my house too! I love the flavor combination :)

  26. hailey December 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    those look like the ultimate cookies! oh yum, i cannot wait to make these! there are so many awesome cookies in this swap, but these ones definitely have my mouth watering :)

  27. Sandra December 7, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    Yum, chewy cookies are the best!

  28. Joanne December 7, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    I totally get what you mean about balance. If a cookie is too sweet, it’s hard to eat a gazillion of them without feeling sick almost instantly. But if you get that right mix of sweet, salty, crunchy…you can keep going FOREVER. (At least…I can.)

    these sound awesome!

  29. Nicole, RD December 7, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Congrats to the winners! And um, yeah…these look dangerous! Meaning, they are being added to my list of Christmas cookie must-makes for this season! :) Thanks, girl :)

  30. vianney December 7, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    I love toffee bits and have three bags in my freezer, guess what I’m making this weekend!! yummy thanks!

  31. Lauren from Lauren's Latest December 8, 2011 at 1:48 am #

    Yessssss please!!

  32. Gerry @Foodness Gracious December 8, 2011 at 2:38 am #

    Wait up, chocolate AND toffee, that’s like a double whammy of my favorite sweet things!! All soft and chewy looking…(wiping drool)
    Take care..

  33. Lacy December 9, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    I can tell just from the pictures that these are chewy & delicious! I would probably eat all of these in one day. So fantastically dangerous!

  34. marla December 10, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    These cookies look sweet, chewy & fabulous!

  35. Brasil December 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Just simple, pure, yummy chocolate.

  36. Carolyn December 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Those cookies look so good, Lauren. Perfect for a cookie swap.

  37. Holly (2 Kids and Tired) January 6, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    These look delicious. I’m always looking for new cookie recipes and the almond kisses would be terrific in a cookie.
    2 Kids and Tired Cooks


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