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Spiced Toffee Cookies

These golden cookies are filled with cinnamon and ginger and tiny bits of crunchy toffee. Perfect for snacking on, or you can grind them up to make a cookie crust for a tart or cheesecake.

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For most recipes you would melt the coconut oil first before adding it to the other ingredients. However in this recipe,  where we are using shortening and coconut oil in place of butter, you want the coconut oil to have a firm texture so you can ‘cream’ it with the sugar. The process of creaming incorporates air bubbles into batter, which is what allows the cookies to rise.  If you were using butter, you would beat it with the sugar until it was very pale, almost pale – which could take up to 5 minutes. However with this mixture, about 2 minutes should be fine.SpicedToffeeCookies2

Once the wet and dry ingredients are fully incorporated, stir in the toffee bits. Chipits brand makes a gluten free product.SpicedToffeeCookies3

Shape into 1″ balls using your hands or a cookie baller. If desired, you can roll the balls into a brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger mixture. Besides adding a bit more spice and sweetness, the texture of the sugar lends a nice texture to the finished cookie.SpicedToffeeCookies4

Spiced Toffee Cookies
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Serves: 24
Golden cookies filled with cinnamon, ginger and tiny bits of crunchy toffee.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut oil (don’t melt)
  • ½ cup GF shortening (eg. Crisco)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups GF Flour blend
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 ½ cups Chipits Skor toffee bits
Topping (optional)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar + ¼ tsp cinnamon + ¼ tsp ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Beat shortening and coconut oil with sugar until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, mix well.
  2. In another bowl mix together the flour, leveners and spices. Slowly add into the wet mixture, then stir in toffee bits.
  3. Shape into 1” balls, and roll in topping mixture if desired. Place onto parchment lined baking sheets (don't flatten) and bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes.
Notes
Makes about 48 cookies
*To make a cookie crust, finely crush the cookies in a food processor to make about 2 cups and mix with ⅓ cup melted butter or margarine (or enough so mixture is completely moistened, and holds together when pressed between fingers). Press into a pie plate and bake at 350°F for 12 minutes.

 

4 Responses to Spiced Toffee Cookies

  1. Christina February 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    This looks like a tasty biscuit. What is crisco? Is it a type of margarine or butter?
    Also what are chipits toffee bits?
    Could I make regular toffees and then crush them up to make the toffee bits? In Australia we don’t have these 2 ingredients. Thank you.
    Christina

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley February 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

      Crisco is a type of vegetable shortening/lard. You can use all butter instead of the shortening, but shortening will produce a crisper cookie. The toffee bits are finely ground hard toffee – like Nestle’s Mackintosh toffee (although I’m not sure if that’s gluten free). Any kind of gluten free hard toffee, ground up in a food processor will do. Just don’t confuse the toffee with soft caramels (like the little individually wrapped squares that Kraft sells).

  2. Alyne Lauzon Lauzon February 18, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

    could you also print the calories carbs protein and total fats it wouldbe very helpfull thank you

    • Angie Halten (Admin)
      Angie Halten (Admin) February 18, 2015 at 10:33 pm #

      We do provide nutritional info for all our recipes to our Premium Members. Here is more information on becoming a premium member.

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