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Toffee Cashew Cookies

Crunchy Cashew Cookies filled with pieces of buttery salted toffee are the perfect accompaniment to a glass of milk!

We’re obsessed with decadent desserts, including these Salted Caramel Brownies! Readers love simple Peanut Butter Cookies, made perfect every time with this easy recipe!

Cookies on a wire rack filled with toffee and cashews.

Cashew Cookies

Do you like your cookies crunchy or chewy? For me it depends on the cookie.

When it comes to my Chocolate Chip Cookies, I’m usually looking for something on the chewier side.

With these toffee cookies, I was looking for a good crunch. And oh boy did the Cashew Cookies with salted toffee deliver!

Have you ever tried Trader Joe’s caramel cashew cookies? These reminded me of those treats with the ideal amount of crunch.

  • You get a satisfying crispy bite with plenty of crunchy salted toffee pieces throughout the cookie.
  • What really makes these cookies different is the use of browned butter in the dough. If you’ve never made cookies with browned butter before, you’re going to be amazed by the amount of flavor it adds. Browned butter lends a slightly nutty note to whatever you put it in and makes cookies taste even richer! It brings out the toffee flavor beautifully in these cashew cookies.
  • Oh, and the cashews! Everyone bakes cookies with walnuts and pecans and almonds get a lot of play, too. Cashews aren’t given nearly the attention they deserve as an addition to cookies!

I love the sweet and salty flavor of the cashews and they pair especially well with with the toffee bits. Bring on all the cashew treats!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for Toffee Cashew cookie recipe.

Here’s what you need to make these toffee cookies:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Eggs
  • Kosher salt
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cashews
  • Heath milk chocolate toffee bits

Easy Instructions

Step by step photo collage on how to make toffee cookies.
  • STEP 1. Brown butter in small saucepan and allow to boil for a couple minutes. Remove from heat.
  • STEP 2. In mixer, beat melted butter with brown sugar for 3-4 minutes. Add salt and eggs. Beat in vanilla extract. Slowly beat in flour, baking soda and baking powder. Fold in the cashews and toffee bits.
  • STEP 3. Roll dough into one inch balls. Dough will be crumbly. Tap tops with fork or press with thumb, lightly.
  • STEP 4. Bake on parchment lined baking sheet in a 375 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes. Remove and let cool for 2 -3 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack.

Enjoy the cookies right away if you’re okay with them having a chewy center–or wait for a day for a completely crunchy cookie!

Cookies on a baking sheet with cashews.

Tips for Browning Butter

While it’s not difficult to brown butter, you want to be careful not to burn the butter by accident.

  • To prevent this, I recommend using a pan with a lighter colored bottom so you can monitor the color of the butter better.
  • You’ll know the butter is ready when it turns a dark golden brown and smells nutty. When this happens, remove the butter from heat right away to avoid overcooking.
  • This usually occurs after about 2-3 minutes of boiling over medium heat on my stove.
Tall stack of toffee cashew cookies on a wooden surface.

Salted Toffee Cashew Cookies

These cookies keep well in a tupperware container for a week or two, but in my house they usually disappear way before that. They also freeze well, though they will lose a bit of their crunch when thawed.

Even if you usually reach for a chewy cookie over crunchy, I know you’re going to love these toffee cookies!

More Easy Dessert Recipes

Yield: 24 cookies

Toffee Cashew Cookie Recipe:

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Crunchy Cashew Cookies filled with pieces of buttery salted toffee are the perfect accompaniment to a glass of milk!

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup cashews, chopped
  • 1 cup Heath milk chocolate toffee bits

Instructions

  1. Brown butter in small saucepan and allow to boil for a couple minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. In mixer, beat melted butter with brown sugar for 3-4 minutes. Add salt and eggs. Beat in vanilla. Slowly beat in flour, baking soda and baking powder. Fold in the cashews and toffee bits.
  3. Roll dough into one inch balls. Dough will be crumbly. Tap tops with fork or press with thumb, lightly.
  4. Bake on parchment lined baking sheet in a 375 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes. Remove and enjoy.

Notes

See blog post for recipe tips and tricks.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 152mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 3g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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About Aimee

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Posted on May 7, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. OMG, I can just imagine the sweet and buttery yet salty flavor of these cookies and my mouth is watering like crazy! How delicious do these look?!

  2. Yum! I love chewy and crunchy, so I’ll eat half the batch the first day and the other half the 2nd. That way I have best of both worlds! 🙂

  3. These look so delicious! I love dunking crunchy cookies in milk, it’s heavenly! I’ve really been wanting to buy some toffee bits because I’ve seen so many amazing recipes that use them. This is just one of the many 🙂 I really need to get on it and buy some already! Fabulous recipe, I can just imagine how amazing these taste!

  4. Yes, I’ve tried the caramel cashew cookies from Trader Joes. They are soo good. Your toffee cashew cookie recipe looks great too! I’m going to bookmark this.

    On crunchy or chewy cookies?
    Same here, it depends on the cookie. I like my chocolate chip cookies warm and chewy. Oatmeal raisin cookies, also chewy. These toffee cashew cookies, I think I’d like them crunch to go along with my coffee.

  5. yummy recipe…I will try it soon….This makes me drool..Bookmarking it..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

  6. Toffees and cashews? This sound like a winning combination. If you have the chance I would love for you to link this and anything else you would like at my month long link party.
    http://acraftycook.blogspot.com/2012/01/1-month-of-fun-january-link-up.html

  7. I have wanted to make every single treat you have posted this week! My grandpa would love these! Cashews are his favorite!

  8. yum! I LOVE toffee. Some days I like crunchy cookies and some days I like chewy/soft cookies. If I’m ever in the mood for crunchy, I want to make these. Toffee is just one of my favorite flavors. I always get the toffee nut latte at starbucks!

  9. Ive never tried those cookies from TJs…I have so much of my own stuff I hate buying baked goods. As in, my freezer runneth over.

    I love toffee bits. HUGELY! These cookies look great!

  10. I love this! I have been needing to use up some toffee bits in my freezer so this is the perfect recipe. Pinned!

  11. Sadly I have never been to Trader Joe’s. We have driven past but I have been deprived of this wonderful place. I am thinking we remedy that on our shopping trip!

    Cookies with coffee…sounds like breakfast to me. Who needs the diet:-)

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