Minnesota’s Favorite Cookies

by Cate on September 9, 2005

I was tied up in an all-day meeting today, and have off tomorrow, so ended up staying late after the meeting to catch up on work since it’s a three day weekend for me. The Husband, quickly redeeming himself from yesterday, called for take-out so it was here when I got home – perfect.

Nicholas‘ old school is having a Back to School Picnic tomorrow, and he’s looking forward to going. Everyone is supposed to bring dessert, and since I was in a baking mood tonight (I find it therapeutic after a stressful day sometimes), that worked out well. I made Minnesota’s Favorite Cookies. I changed a few things in the recipe, so whatever made them “Minnesotan” might not be there anymore, but no matter. They are excellent, particularly warm from the oven. Not overly sweet, but perfectly so, the toffee bits give it a subtle little crunch and make them extra special. I would definitely make them again.

Since I have a little free time tomorrow, think I’m going to make 1 other cookie recipe to make a combination cookie plate. So tune in tomorrow to find out what’s bakin’. Until then…

Minnesota’s Favorite Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups white chocolate chips
2/3 cup toffee baking bits
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Stir in the milk chocolate and semisweet chips, toffee bits, and pecans. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

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Joe September 9, 2005 at 3:03 am

Love the cookies! Looks like lots of chips! I’m not sure what makes them minnesotan since I grew up there but it does sound great!

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Mona September 9, 2005 at 3:55 pm

Wow those cookies look awesome. I love white chocolate chips. Am going home this weekend and am collecting some recipes I want to try..think this one might be top on my list.

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Catesa September 10, 2005 at 8:48 pm

mmm those look yummy! we dont have chocolate chips here but maybe a chopped up white chocolate bar would have the same effect?

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Cate September 11, 2005 at 3:11 am

Catesa – yes, that would definitely work. Hope your try them.

Lisa – where’s home? Try the cookies right from the oven – then they’re the best!

Joe – is there such thing as too many chips?

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Catesa September 11, 2005 at 11:59 am

i would like too but also have to wonder what those toffee baking bits are and where in the world i would find them :)

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Cate September 12, 2005 at 1:09 am

Catesa – just saw you’re in the Netherlands. Do you have access to Heath Bars? It’s a toffee candy bar. That’s what the toffee bits are, just chopped up. If not, send me your address via e-mail and I’ll send you what you need.

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Catesa September 12, 2005 at 2:12 pm

i dont really eat candy bars anymore but i will check the market for those, thanks :)

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Lindsey September 14, 2005 at 4:12 pm

My husband is planning a boys weekend away and I think I might send him off with a batch of these. Can you give me an estimate on about how many this makes?

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Cate September 14, 2005 at 4:14 pm

Lindsey – off the top of my head, I think it was about 3 dozen. Hope this helps!

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