Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr
When I was a kid in school, they used to sell these cookies, and I'd always wonder how they made them taste so good...Now, as an adult, I have been experimenting, trying to come up with a recipe, since I couldn't find any online. I struck gold yesterday, and so, here is the recipe, which if I may say so myself, taste even better that the Linden's brand! Enjoy!!!
- 2 1⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 3⁄4 cup light brown sugar
- 3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In a medium bowl, sift the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, powdered sugar and salt.
- In a small heavy bottom cast iron skillet, melt 1/4 C of butter, and 1/2 C sugar over very low heat, until it is bubbling and thick. Let this mixture cool for about a minute, (no more) and then pour it onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper to cool a few minutes more.
- When it is cool enough,(and still slightly pliable) break off small pieces using a sharp heavy knife, or maybe a clean screwdriver. It will be a lot of work, but you'll get a little muscle, and the reward of knowing that your cookies are going to be so good, you won't mind all of the work!
- Now, in a large mixing bowl, beat the remaining sugars with the remaining butter until it is light and fluffy. Add the egg, and mix again. Add the vanilla and the corn syrup, mixing until it is combined.
- Then, add the flour mixture, a little at a time, until it is completely incorporated. With a wooden spoon, add the cooled candy pieces, distributing them evenly throughout the dough.
- Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes, or freeze it for 15. When it is cold, roll out 1 1/2-inch balls of dough, and be careful, those pieces of toffee will probably be really sharp! Place the balls of dough 2 1/2-inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for 9-11 minutes, making sure that they don't brown too much. They should be very light on top, and golden on the bottom.
- After two minutes, remove the cookies from the cookie sheet, and continue cooling on a wire cooling rack, about 7-8 more minutes, or until the toffee is set.
I too enjoyed these cookies as a kid at school and have been looking for this recipe for years! Thank you! It's perfect. I would advise ( for us toffee challenged) to make the toffee first b4 preheating the oven and mixing the dry ingredients. Also w/ the toffee it helps if you put the sugar in first, butter pats on top, and cover over med heat until it dissolves then reduce to achieve perfect toffee color. Thanks again!
Don't waste your time. the directions are bad and the ingredient amounts are incorrect. I just spent 3 hours trying to make it work. and it didn't
Nothing about this recipe seemed correct. First, without having clear time estimate for the toffee, I just waited until it was bubbling heavily, but the toffee pieces came out real soft and probably underdone.
As for the dough, I followed the measurements to a tee, but it was extremely dry and crumbly. I ended up adding another egg and an extra 2-3 tbsp butter before I got a doughy consistency.
Lastly, and maybe the extra ingredients had something to do with it, but ~10 minutes at 325? did not do the trick. I raised the temp to 350 and have had them in for over 15 minutes, but they still are not browned.
So unless my oven and measuring utensils are all playing tricks on me, there is definitely something amiss with this recipe.