Toffee or Buttercrunch? Call them what you like Meltaways

January 20, 2011

in American,Cookies,Recipes

Toffee Meltaways

Happy Buttercrunch Day!

Caramelized Butter and Sugar… some call it Toffee, some call it Buttercrunch.

Up until a few days ago I actually didn’t know there was a difference. But thanks to The Nibble we have a couple of examples to help us distinguish the two:

English-Style Toffee Is known as Toffee i.e. Heath Milk Chocolate English Toffee Bar


American-Style Toffee Is known as Buttercrunch i.e. Almond Roca

Regardless of the fact that these delicious cookies are made with Heath bits and not Almond Roca bits. The truth of the matter is, they are super buttery and crunchy. Hence, making them an acceptable cookie to celebrate Buttercrunch day!

Heath baking bits straight out of the bag…

Heath bits after a whirl in the mini food processor.

Chilled dough log ready to be sliced.

CTWYL Meltaways ready for the oven.

Who doesn’t love taking a dip in confectioners’ sugar?

Toffee or Buttercrunch?

Call them what you want Meltaways

adapted from Baking by Flavor by Lisa Yockelson

2 1/4 cps all-purpose flour
1 cup ground almonds or almond meal
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1-8 ounce bag Hershey’s heath bits
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar for dredging the cookies

Run the toffee bits through food processor until bits are about 1/3 their original size. (see photo sample)

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, ground almonds, baking powder, and salt.

In a large bowl stir together melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, and extracts. Add half of the flour mixture and the toffee bits, stir until incorporated. Add remaining flour and stir to incorporate.

Roll dough into 2 logs 2″ inches in diameter and wrap with plastic wrap, parchment or wax paper. Place logs in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

Unwrap dough, cut into 1″ thick slices and place them on prepared baking sheets spaced 2″ apart. Bake for 15 minutes, or until tops are set.

Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet a minute or so before transferring them carefully to a cooling rack to cool 5 minutes.

Place confectioners’ sugar in a shallow bowl or plate. Carefully dredge cookies in confectioners’ sugar making sure they are completely covered.

Give the cookies a second coat of confectioners’ sugar 30 minutes after the first coating.

Call 'em what you like Meltaways

We should just call them Incredible Meltaways, because even though they are full of crunch they still manage to melt in your mouth!

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa January 20, 2011 at 6:09 am

You know what I’d like to call these? Mine.


2 Sally January 20, 2011 at 6:25 am

I agree with Belinda!


3 marla {family fresh cooking} January 20, 2011 at 6:37 am

You are right, these cookies could be called simply AMAZING Josie. Beautiful & very tempting photos :)


4 Cookin' Canuck January 20, 2011 at 11:09 am

You have caught my attention! Whatever you call it, toffee/buttercrunch immediately makes any dessert better. I truly cannot wait to try these!


5 Darcy January 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

You could call it fiddleyfunk for all I care, I want these!


6 Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls January 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Mm, these will melt in my mouth and strait to my thighs!! These look fantastic! I want them :)

Great blog; happy I found you!


7 Daydreamer Desserts January 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Welcome Mary, thank you! Glad you found me too! :)


8 Shaina January 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Yum. I have to make these!


9 Ken│hungry rabbit January 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Simply marvelous. Now I can use up my bag of Toffee Bits and put a big smile on my face.


10 Blog is the New Black January 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm

These look ridiculously tasty!


11 Evan Thomas January 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I’d call these delicious, or enticing, or a dream come true. Great recipe!


12 Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen January 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm

These sound delicious, I love Heath bars! If they really melt in your mouth, then I’m sold!


13 lil @ sweetsbysillianah January 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm

i love meltaways… these look wonderful!


14 Cakewalker January 20, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Two words: BUZZ LOVE!


15 Daydreamer Desserts January 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Love those words!


16 Maggie January 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Amazing- I made these tonight- really good tender delicious cookies.
Thank you for these!


17 Daydreamer Desserts January 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm

My pleasure, great to hear you liked them Maggie! :)


18 A little bit of everything January 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

toffee, buttercrunch, meltaways, the name is not that important. what matters right now is to find the time to make them, licking the screen doesn’t seem to help much.

thanks for sharing, hope you’re having a wonderful rest of the week


19 Eftychia January 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Looks so tasty! I love sugar in all its ways!


20 Kim - Liv Life January 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I have never heard of anything like these, but I’m certain that they would not last long around my house! I love each and everything about them. These would be popular with my dad, I just may have to make them for him!


21 Liz January 21, 2011 at 4:11 am

Gosh, these look irresistible!!! THANK YOU!!!


22 Kristen January 21, 2011 at 6:11 am

I would never be able eat just one of those. I can just imagine the delicious flavor of those cookies.


23 Eftychia January 21, 2011 at 11:15 am

It looks so tasty. Thank you for the lovely recipe.


24 Winelady Cooks January 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Absolutely delicious. I love meltaway cookies so I’ll have to try this version. The heath bits crunch is definitely a “good thing”.

Thanks for sharing,


25 sara @CaffeIna January 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Oh yeah, I really don’t care about the name. They just look fantastic and I just know that I want one (or two) now!


26 Tiffany January 22, 2011 at 9:34 am

I’ve never heard the term buttercrunch! But these meltaways look fantastic! Health bits and powdered sugar = a glorious thing!


27 briarrose January 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

I hadn’t heard the term buttercrunch before. Learn something new every day. ;) These look just fantastic.


28 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction January 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Regardless of what you call them, I think these meltaways look fabulous! Yum :)


29 DianaBol February 2, 2011 at 4:57 am

Another recipe to drool over. Too bad I only bake on holidays.


30 les 2 gourmands February 2, 2011 at 6:33 am

if only we could grab them through the screen !!!


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