Hubby and I have been busy with two new additions to our house – Marty and Stewart! They are 10 week old Havanese puppies who are extremely sweet, loving and incredibly soft. With the loss of our beloved Max a little over a month ago, we were ready to welcome new doggies to our house. As we like to say - “Dogs are like children with fur coats”. Originally I wanted a girl and boy puppy so I could name them Martha and Stewart. However we found two irresistible Havanese brothers and decided to stay with the theme and name them Marty and Stewart.
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Time has flown by and I honestly can’t believe it is that time again – the big reveal with Secret Recipe Club. This month I was assigned to a lovely blog called Our Eating Habits and is authored by Jamie. She loves to cook, bake and dine out – my kind of girl. She also makes sure that everything she creates tastes good – who wants to waste time or calories on bad food – certainly not Jamie or me. She has an extensive collection of tasty dessert recipes along with a ton of weekly meal ideas that you could use as a cookbook if you wanted. Check out her blog!
It was certainly a challenge to make my selection for this month. After clicking on numerous recipes, I selected her Almond-Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies. Of course, I wanted to put my spin on the recipe, so I added coconut and a touch more vanilla to kick it up a bit. The end result was a two bite cookie that was packed with flavor and texture. Thank you Jamie for such inspirational recipes!
Almond, Toffee, Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 4 Dozen
¾ Cup Butter, room temperature
¾ Cup Sugar
¾ Cup Brown Sugar
2 Large Eggs
2 teaspoon Vanilla
2 ¼ Cup + 2 Tablespoon Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
¾ teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
½ Cup Shredded Coconut
1 Cup Toffee Bits
½ Cup Dry Roasted Whole Almonds, rough chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Uses a stand mixer to beat the butter until creamy, and then add both the granulated and brown sugar and mix until fluffy. Next add one egg at a time and beat into butter and sugar mixture, then add the vanilla and mix well.
Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix well. When all combined add the coconut, toffee bits, chocolate chips and almonds and mix. Use a one inch cookie scoop to form the cookie dough balls. Slightly press the cookie dough down prior to baking. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool.