Browned Butter Cinnamon Toffee Cookies

I love road trips. I dream of getting in my car, rolling all the windows down, cranking up the radio, and driving for the whole day. It pains me still that Route 66 is decommissioned and in such disrepair…I love the romanticized nostalgia surrounding a summer drive to California (someplace I’ve even yet to visit). When I first came to visit Jay, people thought I was nuts for making the 2-day drive alone. Yes, I-90 through Minnesota is among the more boring stretches of highway out there, but if you’ve ever driven through Illinois or Indiana, it’s a piece of cake. Still, that was fun–Getting to explore a new-to-me section of the country, on my own time. No cares in the world.

Over the weekend, we headed back through Minnesota, to Wisconsin, so we could attend my niece’s high school graduation. I took a few pictures along the way:

Bambino walking - TramplingroseWe stopped to have a picnic lunch while in Minnesota, and there was a walking trail. The bambino and I decided to stretch our legs a bit. We also stopped in Blue Earth, Minnesota, home to this guy:

Green Giant - TramplingroseYes, the Jolly Green Giant. They even have a gift shop off to the side, where you can buy cans of corn and peas. The bambino got a kick out of standing underneath him and getting his picture taken.

Back Home in South Dakota - TramplingroseAnd back home to South Dakota! As much fun as it is traveling, it is always nice coming home. I missed my kitchen…That’s often the downside to traveling. Nowhere to cook, most of your meals eaten out. I got to the point where, when we went out for dinner for graduation, all I wanted was a salad. So what do I do as soon as I get home? Make cookies:

Browned Butter Cinnamon Toffee Cookies - TramplingroseBrowned Butter Cinnamon Toffee Cookies, specifically.

Browned Butter Cinnamon Toffee Cookies - TramplingroseOh, these were good. Really good. I even had my brother-in-law (a chef and much better cook than I am) try one, so I could have an unbiased opinion from someone who knows food. According to him, they are soft without being doughy, have a nice crisp bottom, and the flavors are layered well. So it must be a decent-enough cookie.

Browned Butter Cinnamon Toffee Cookies - TramplingroseI’ve eaten about 6 or 7 myself….

Yield: 5-6

Browned Butter Cinnamon Toffee Cookies

Browned Butter Cinnamon Toffee Cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes


  • 1/2 C (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 C packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 3/4 C creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 8-oz. bag milk chocolate toffee bits


In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until amber-colored and browned bits appear in the bottom. This can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes. Be careful not to scorch the butter. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 3 baking sheetswith parchment paper and set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cooled browned butter, sugars, peanut butter and vanilla. Beat on medium-low speed until creamy. Add the egg, mixing just until combined.

On low speed, add in the cinnamon-flour mixture. Fold in the bag of toffee bits.

Using a small (1 Tbsp.) scoop, place the dough on the prepared baking sheets. Bake the cookies for 7-8 minutes, being careful not to over-bake. Cool 5 minutes on the sheets before cooling completely on ]wire racks.

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Ah, who am I kidding? I’ll eat another 6 or 7 more before this evening’s through!

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8 Replies to “Browned Butter Cinnamon Toffee Cookies”

    • My family pretty much demolished them this evening, so I think they’re a winner! I love adding browned butter to cookies…Makes them softer and gives them a MUCH richer flavor.

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