Almond Toffee Shortbread Cookies

These Almond Toffee Shortbread Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie to fill out your cookie tray! Made with a hefty helping of butter, almond meal, and chocolate drizzle, these cookie bars are irresistible.

Almond Toffee Shortbread Cookies

I’m in full-on unapologetic holiday mode. We put our beautiful tree up last weekend but it looks a bit lacking without any gifts under it. I poked and pryed at all the family members to TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT RIGHT NOW so I can rush to get the tree filled with gifts. To keep my holiday momentum from deflating while I waited for them to respond, I pulled out the fir scented candle, my big slippers, put on my favorite jazz holiday record, and headed into the kitchen for a weekend of holiday themed baking.

I’ve been really obsessed with digging up family recipes these past few years (mostly because we have few and far between – besides the unspeakable jello mold that I refuse to write about – and I’m looking to change that). We have exactly 3 holiday family cookie recipes: 1 of which was always my favorite growing up and is made with an obscene amount of green food coloring (and basically taste like crunchy butter…in a good way), one of which is a chocolate pizza recipe that my mother always made for our teachers, and the last is these Almond Toffee Shortbread Cookies. My family makes two variations of this cookie recipe: the traditional one has you press the dough out onto a jello roll pan so that the dough is so thin that it crisps up like toffee and has nuts on top. Then there is the thicker shortbread version (which I made here) which yields a softer cookie and gets it’s toffee flavor from the toffee crumble on top. Both are delicious cookies but my loyalty is with the second version.

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My family doesn’t have many family recipes but we do a cookie tray tradition. Every Christmas, my mom makes the three classic recipes (mentioned above), we then spend a day making cookies we’ve found recipes for throughout the year (we both love trying new recipes), and my aunt brings a big box of cookies from her favorite neighborhood bakery in Chicago. We throw them all onto a plate together and viola! It’s dessert that lasts through the week of family meals, happy hours, and gift opening.

Growing up, the cookie tray was always full, it did not matter if it was the first day family had arrived or if they had been there for a week. I used to think it was magic when I was little but I have learned the little trick my mom uses,Β which isΒ stashing all of the ‘extra’ cookies in tins in the chilly garage in order to refill the tray every afternoon.

For these Almond Toffee Shortbread Cookies, I used both Bob’s Red Mill Organic Unbleached All Purpose White Flour and their Organic Almond Flour. I love how Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal is ground from whole, blanched almonds for a nice little protein boost in your baking (get a coupon for the flours here). The cookies also end up with the slightest nut profile that makes these shortbread cookies irresistible. I also used half white chocolate and milk chocolate for the topping to create a marbled appearance; you can use all of one kind of chocolate if that is easier for you.

Almond Toffee Shortbread Cookies recipe below:

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Almond Toffee Shortbread Bars
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Sweets
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1½ cups Bob Mill's Organic All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ cup Bob Mill's Organic Almond Flour
  • 4 oz milk chocolate, melted
  • 4 oz white chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup chopped toffee pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 8x10 baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the mixing bowl fitted on a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar together over medium speed until light and fluffy, about five minutes.
  3. Lower mixer to medium-low speed and add in the yolk and vanilla until completely mixed.
  4. Slowly add in all-purpose flour and almond flour until completely combined.
  5. Use a spatula to transfer the dough into prepared baking sheet and press down into an even layer.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned on the top.
  7. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  8. Drizzle melted milk and white chocolate over the shortbread and spread out evenly with a spatula (I swirled the spatula around a little to make the chocolate marbled).
  9. Sprinkle with toffee and cut into 1 inch squares.

Almond Toffee Shortbread CookiesI was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Shellywest

Shelly is the creator of Vegetarian Ventures. She is also the Creative Director of Driftless Magazine and likes to wear wolf shirts, drink peppermint tea, and dance to Stevie Nicks.

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8 Comments

  1. Reply

    Christiann

    December 7, 2016

    Almond + toffee = always a win!! This looks so good and is holiday perfect!!!

  2. Reply

    WillCookForFriends

    December 7, 2016

    These sound so. Stinkin’. GOOD. I love baking with bob’s red mill, and am totally pinning these so I remember to make them for christmas. My husband’s family always does a huge cookie tray as well, and they have all their tried and true recipes… I’m not sure how they’d feel about me bringing something new, but frankly, I don’t care! How can you be upset about toffee cookies with two kinds of chocolate? Unpossible, me thinks. And yes, I’m sayin’ it, unpossible needs to be a word, because sometimes impossible just won’t cut it. πŸ˜›

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    betty

    December 7, 2016

    this looks so festive and delicious Shelly! I wish I could eat almonds… can I sub with pistachios or seeds if I grind into a flour you think?

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      Shellywest

      December 7, 2016

      Yes, Betty! The original recipe that my grandma (whose name is also Betty) used to bake these from just used all all-purpose flour so you could go that route. Also, I bet ground pistachios would be freaking amazing in these. : )

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    alanafixfeastflair

    December 7, 2016

    where do i sign up for the almond toffee shortbread cookie delivery? these look so good and i’m currently trying to figure out how to fit them into my december baking schedule!

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    Tessa | Salted Plains

    December 8, 2016

    Your mom’s garage trick is so smart! I would have thought that cookie tray was magical too. These shortbread cookies are absolutely magical too! <3

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    Valentina @Hortus

    December 8, 2016

    Aaaah, nut cookie bars! I second Betty’s comment and would love these with a mix of nuts. I’d love to make these for gifting! πŸ™‚

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    Aysegul Sanford

    December 11, 2016

    WHOA!!! These Almond toffie bars look and sound so good. I do not have a lot of family recipes either, but the ones I have are solid. They are my comfort food.
    I love that how easy it is to make these. Perfect for the holidays. πŸ™‚

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