These super soft baked fudge cookies are filled with butterscotch and sweet salty toffee bits. Top with sea salt to make a totally irresistible chocolate cookie!
- 1 and 1/4 cups (156g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
- 2/3 cup (55g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick; 115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup (60ml) milk (we use almond milk, but any milk works)
- 3/4 cup (135g) butterscotch morsels
- 3/4 cup Heath English Toffee Bits ‘O Brickle
- optional: sea salt for sprinkling
- Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together until combined. Set aside.
- In a large bowl using a hand-held or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat on medium high speed until fluffy and light in color. Beat in the vanilla on high speed. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
- On low speed, slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be thick. Switch to high speed and beat in the milk, then the butterscotch and toffee. The cookie dough will be sticky. Cover dough tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days. Chilling is mandatory for this cookie dough. I always chill mine overnight.
- Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes– if the cookie dough chilled longer than 3 hours, let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This makes the cookie dough easier to scoop and roll.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Set aside.
- Scoop and roll balls of dough, about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough each, into balls. Place on the baking sheets.
- Bake the cookies for 12-13 minutes. My oven has hot spots and yours may too, so be sure to rotate the pan once during bake time. The baked cookies will look extremely soft in the centers when you remove them from the oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. During this time, you can press a few more butterscotch morsels into the top of the warm cookies– this is just for looks. You can also sprinkle with a little sea salt as well. The cookies will slightly deflate as you let them cool. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
- Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Allow to come to room temperature then continue with step 5. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Click here for my tips and tricks on freezing cookie dough.
- Butterscotch Morsels & Toffee Bits: Feel free to replace the butterscotch morsels with chocolate chips, a swap many readers make when they are looking for double chocolate chip cookies. You can skip the toffee bits, too. If skipping the toffee bits, you can increase the amount of butterscotch morsels (or chocolate chips) to 1 – 1.5 cups.
- Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.
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