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Toffee Butterscotch Brownie Cookies

Thick, chewy, fudgy, and irresistible, these toffee butterscotch brownie cookies will be a new family favorite. And, they’re easy to mix by hand in one bowl!

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A scattered arrangement of toffee butterscotch brownie cookies.

You guys, these cookies. They are everything! The fudgiest chocolate batter that bakes up a bit like a decadent brownie in cookie form, packed with the sweet complementary flavors of toffee and butterscotch. This cookie game is strong.

Now, I have to say, I wasn’t sure this combo would work. You see, I’m a bit sensitive to baked goods that suffer from TMSS. (Too much $#it syndrome.) Basically, someone starts adding mix-ins, possibly just for fun or possibly in an effort to one-up whatever the latest dessert craze is.

It starts innocently enough. Chocolate plus peanut butter. Chocolate plus peanut butter plus butterscotch. But things start to snowball, and pretty soon you’re face to face with blog post proclaiming that you absolutely must make a batch of chocolate peanut butter butterscotch Nutella banana cherry toffee crunch cookies. Whoa. That’s a serious case of TMSS.

So we’re stopping at two mix-ins here: toffee and butterscotch. I was nervous enough about that. But, it works. It SO works.

Mixing bowl filled with chocolate brownie cookie batter, butterscotch chips, and toffee bits.

Did I mention that these are mixed by hand in just one bowl!? Hallelujah.

I tried to take a photo of the middle step here, forming dough balls and placing them on the baking sheets, really I did. But honestly, I was in a rush to do this before my toddler woke up and wanted to eat all the dough, and if memory serves, the dog was also scratching plaintively at the door, probably because the paltry flicker that we call “the sun” here in Belgium in November had just fled behind rain clouds yet again.

This is not the most conducive environment to taking good photos, and it showed – the dough balls did NOT look appetizing. I’m sparing you the visual. Let’s move ahead to a glance fresh out of the oven:

Just-baked toffee butterscotch brownie cookies, cooling on the baking sheet.

Now we’re talking! Right after they came out of the oven, I pressed a few additional butterscotch chips into the tops and dusted each with a bit of sea salt. The extra chips are just for appearance’s sake, but we eat with our eyes first, after all. The sea salt is, in my opinion, key. It’s just the thing to offset all that sweetness and help meld the flavors together.

A batch of toffee butterscotch brownie cooks, neatly lined up in a row.

So, there you have it! Toffee butterscotch brownie cookies. Just on the right side of TMSS! These would make a great addition to your holiday cookie line-up, but I could also see them being crazy popular at a summer BBQ, or just for a little weekend baking treat any old time of year. Enjoy! ♥

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A scattered arrangement of toffee butterscotch brownie cookies.

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Toffee Butterscotch Brownie Cookies




Yield 12 cookies

Thick, chewy, fudgy, and irresistible, these toffee butterscotch brownie cookies will be a new family favorite, and they're easy to mix by hand in one bowl!


  • 4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces (115 grams) unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup (198 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits (I used Heath Bits O'Brickle
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips, plus a handful reserved to garnish the cookies after baking, if desired
  • sea salt, for sprinkling


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats and set aside.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and chopped chocolate. Microwave on 50% power in 30-45 seconds bursts, stirring in between each, just until the mixture is melted and smooth. (You could also do this in a bowl set over boiling water on the stovetop.) 
  3. Add the sugar, salt, and vanilla extract; stir to combine. Add the eggs and stir again until fully incorporated.
  4. Sprinkle the flour and baking powder on top of the batter, and stir gently just until incorporated. Finally, fold in the toffee and butterscotch chips.
  5. Scoop the batter into 12 balls and arrange on the baking sheets, spaced about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Bake for about 8 minutes, until the cookies puff up and crack slightly, and are just barely set. (They are meant to be soft, and will continue to set and firm up after coming out of the oven.) 
  6. Immediately after removing cookies, sprinkle with a few additional butterscotch chips, if desired, and a dusting of fine sea salt. Let cool on the baking sheets for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Cookies will keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3 days.

The base recipe here is adapted from a fudgy walnut cookie found in One Bowl Baking by Yvonne Ruperti, which is probably my favorite cookbook acquisition in the past year. I highly recommend it!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cookie

Amount Per Serving

Calories 262

% Daily Value

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

And, just in case you were feeling bad for the toddler who missed out on all the baking fun.. his life’s not all bad! 😉

A cute, chubby toddler hand reaching for a chewy, toffee butterscotch brownie cookie.

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    December 6, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look yummy!

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    Amanda Mason
    December 5, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Yummy! my kids would grab for these, too!! These look great for the holiday season! Perfect for a cookie exchange!

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      December 5, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks, Amanda!

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    December 4, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    This is exactly how I like my cookies: fudgy, chewy and extra thick! Good job Monica! I need to try these babies

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      December 4, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      You and me both! I hope you love these as much as we did!

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    Lois. O
    December 4, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    These cookies already had me at fudge and chocolate! Yum! Now I’m going to get some for my morning snack!

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      December 4, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      That’s a morning snack done right!

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    December 4, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Hahaha I so feel you on trying to get the goodies baked, ready and put away before the toddler gets in and tries to eat everything 🙂 These sound very dangerous!!!

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      December 4, 2017 at 11:28 am

      Haha, right!? The struggle is real!

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    Carrie @ Carrie’s Home Cooking
    December 4, 2017 at 3:22 am

    What a perfect flavor combination! Perfect for a cookie exchange! Pinned.

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      December 4, 2017 at 11:28 am

      Thanks so much, Carrie!

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    prasanna hede
    December 3, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Toffee,butterscotch and sea salt work wonders together….amazing!

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      December 4, 2017 at 11:29 am

      So true! The toffee and butterscotch steal my heart, and then the sea salt brings it home!

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    December 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    My husband just peaked over from the side when I scrolled down past your pictures. He said that I should make these cookies for him. =D

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      December 4, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Haha, that’s a good sign that my photography is indeed improving and doing these recipes justice! Thanks so much, Helen!

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    Veena Azmanov
    December 1, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I love butterscotch and the combination with chocolate is always a winner! I’m going to try these soon. Love how simple the recipe is.

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    December 1, 2017 at 4:18 am

    These look and sound SO delicious. Love learning what TMSS is. I totally agree with there needing to be limitations. Your cookies definitely have the perfect number of ingredients and they all must be so tasty together. Love!

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    December 1, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Brownie cookies? Love the idea! I love butterscotch flavor too.

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    Debra C.
    November 30, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    The best of both worlds – cookie/brownie, love it! I also love the picture of that little hand grasping that big cookie, it’s just precious!

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      December 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Thanks so much, Debra! I think it’s a pretty cute one, too, but I might be a tiny bit biased! 🙂

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    Kristina @ Love & Zest
    November 30, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Yes please! I love a good cookie! This one I have got to make!

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    Katie D
    November 30, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Chocolate, peanut butter & butterscotch is such an epic combination! I bet these would be a hit at any of my upcoming holiday parties!

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    Dominique | Perchance to Cook
    November 30, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Yummmmm these would be great for the holidays! Chocolate and toffee are really perfect together and I’d love to take a big bite out of these delicious looking cookies!

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