Home > Desserts > Toffee Shortbread Cookies Toffee Shortbread Cookies December 18, 2018 | 3 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Flavorful Toffee Shortbread Cookies showcase crisp sugared edges dipped or drizzled in chocolate. They’re the perfect holiday cookie! For similar shortbread-style cookies, try these Thumbprint Cookies (raspberry-almond flavored), Coconut Thumbprint cookies, or my ultimate “plain” Shortbread Cookies! And we’re to the final day of Christmas cookie recipes! Today’s cookie: Toffee Shortbread Cookies! To me, any kind of shortbread cookie is a Christmas classic and these are perfect for the holiday season. This shortbread recipe is based on one of my favorite cookie recipes ever — from Alison Roman’s “Dining In” Cookbook. Her chocolate chip shortbread cookie went viral a while back and so of course I had to try it. I’ve yet to have a shortbread cookie I like as much and so this recipe is adapted from her cookie. It’s super buttery, flavorful, and stuffed to the brim with toffee! And a drizzle of chocolate over these cookies takes them to a whole new level. How to make Toffee Shortbread Cookies: Cube COLD butter: Remove the butter straight from the fridge and cube it into small pieces. Cold butter is ideal when you want baked goods to be crispy (NOT chewy). When you use cold butter straight from the fridge, it never fully incorporates into the batter and instead is broken into tiny pieces throughout the dough. When you bake the dough, the steam released from the butter is going to create pockets in the baking which– will create flaky layers — exactly what you want with shortbread! Beat in sugars: We’re adding mostly white sugar (crispier cookie) with a little brown sugar for a depth of flavor. Cream the two together with the butter! Add other ingredients: Add in everything else except the flour: vanilla extract, almond extract (if desired), cornstarch, and salt for flavor balance. Mix in flour: Mix in the flour until everything is *just* combined. You don’t want to overmix the flour in these cookies. Gently fold the chopped toffee into your dough. Gently shape the dough (avoid getting that butter too warm!) into two long cylinders. Each cylinder should be around 9 to 9.5 inches long. Wrap the cylinders tightly and chill for at least 2 hours and up to 1 week. Bake: Brush a beaten egg around the dough cylinders, roll in cane sugar (crispy, sugary edges!), and cut into 1/2-inch slices. Bake in a preheated oven. Add some chocolate: If desired, add a chocolate drizzle to the completely cooled Toffee Shortbread Cookies! Tips for making Toffee Shortbread Cookies: Use high-quality butter: The main ingredient in shortbread cookies is butter, so use a good brand and avoid margarine or butter spread. Don’t skimp on the chilling time: Chilling shortbread cookies is vital to the texture and flavor of shortbread cookies; don’t rush this step! Roll even “logs” of dough: The more even and uniform the logs of dough are, the better the final cookies will look. Roll cookies in sugar before baking: This is one of the “secrets” to Alison Roman’s famous cookies! She brushes a beaten egg on the edges of the cookies and then rolls in sugar. This will give you a deliciously crispy edge. I highly recommend this method, but as a quicker alternative, you can quickly toss the cookie slices into regular granulated sugar (no egg or liquid needed). Storage Tips: Store cookie dough (tightly wrapped) for up to 1 week in the fridge. To freeze: Cut chilled dough into rounds and freeze individual rounds on a sheet pan in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight bag and store in the freezer for up to 1 month. Store baked cookies in an airtight container or in plastic wrap at room temperature. And that’s a wrap for our Christmas Cookies series! While I still seem to make cookies just about every day in December, I’ve already begun photographing and wrapping up the final tests for some amazing (and HEALTHY!) recipes come January. I can’t wait to share with you what we’ve been making and hopefully we can all get a (delicious) detox from a few too many cookies. (I know I will need it!) But, until then, I’m relishing every single Christmas tradition and cookie that comes with it. 🙂 I’d love to hear what cookies you’ve tried so far this holiday season! Which have been your favorites? Obviously, I love chatting about cookies. They’re my favorite treats! More delicious cookie recipes: Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies No-Bake Oreo Truffle Cookies (SO easy!) Almond Joy Cookies Peanut Butter Blossoms Brownie Cookies FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Toffee Shortbread Cookies 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe Flavorful Toffee Shortbread Cookies showcase crisp sugared edges dipped or drizzled in chocolate. They're the perfect holiday cookie! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Toffee Shortbread Cookies 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Flavorful Toffee Shortbread Cookies showcase crisp sugared edges dipped or drizzled in chocolate. They're the perfect holiday cookie! Course Dessert, Snack Cuisine American Keyword toffee shortbread cookies Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 9 minutes Chilling Time 2 hours Total Time 29 minutes Servings 40 shortbread cookies Calories 157kcal Author Chelsea, adapted from Alison Roman's Dining In Cookbook Ingredients1 cup + 2 tablespoons COLD unsalted butter, cut into small cubes1/2 cup (106g) white granulated sugar1/4 cup (52g) light brown sugar, packed1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract1/8 teaspoon pure almond extract, optional3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt1 teaspoon cornstarch2 and 1/4 cups (286g) white all-purpose flour1 cup Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits (or 5-6 chopped Heath Toffee bars)1 large egg, lightly beaten1/2 cup cane sugar, for rolling cookies in1 cup milk chocolate chips (or semi-sweet or dark chocolate; whichever you prefer) InstructionsUsing an electric mixer or a stand mixer (fitted with the paddle attachment), beat together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.Beat in the vanilla extract, almond extract, salt, and cornstarch just to combine. Add in the flour and again beat to just combine. Don't overmix.Fold in the chopped toffee and gently knead the dough together. It will seem crumbly at first!Divide the dough in two equal halves. Form each half into a log shape that is 9 to 9.5 inches long and about 2 inches in diameter. Roll it on the counter to help smooth it out. (Use plastic wrap to avoid touching the dough with hands and warming the butter too much.) Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for 2 hours.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat liner. Pour the cane sugar onto a large flat plate and set aside. Remove one log at a time from the refrigerator and remove the plastic wrap. Brush the outside of the dough with the beaten egg. Immediately roll the dough log into the cane sugar on the plate.Slice each log into 1/2-inch thick cookies. Place cookies on the prepared tray. Bake until edges are *just* beginning to lightly brown, about 8-11 minutes. Watch carefully to avoid overbaked cookies!Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely.To drizzle in chocolate: Add chocolate to a bowl and microwave (at 50% power) in bursts of 20 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 15 seconds until the chocolate is melted and smooth.Transfer the chocolate to a plastic bag and snip off the tip with scissors. Drizzle COMPLETELY cooled cookies with chocolate and allow the chocolate to harden at room temperature.Cookies are best when eated within 2-3 days; store at room temperature in an airtight container. Nutrition FactsCalories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.