Have you ever wanted to make AMAZING cookies but only eat one (because…seriously)
We’ve found the perfect solution.
Enter our Toffee Coffee Hero Bites, some of the most amazing cookies I have ever eaten (completely due to the fantastic Tasty Good Toffee throughout!), and so I would be gorging myself on them right now. But I’m not. You know why?
Because I’m sending them to a soldier.
And now you can too.
It’s Coffee. It’s Toffee. And It’s Cookies. There is nothing about this that you cannot love. And sending love to our roughly 200,000 deployed troops (yep, there are still that many in combat zones) is something we can all get behind. So grab you’re apron and let’s get to baking! (Pssst: we have a video tutorial for this project, watch me making these cookies with my smallest guy!)
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- ¾ cup butter
- 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cup flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup vanilla instant pudding mix
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/4 c. espresso ground coffee grounds
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup coconut (optional)
- Stand Mixer, Blender, Pot, Spatula, Cookie Sheets, Parchment paper, rectangular storage containers, and paper towels (for shipping)[/one_half_last]
(If you want a friend while you’re baking, turn on our Coffee Toffee Hero Bites Video Tutorial and I’ll chat with you as we go!)
Step 1: Cut your butter into Tablespoon-sized pieces and place in a medium-sized saucepan. Melt over medium-low heat.
Step 2: Once butter has melted, increase heat to just above medium heat.
Step 3: Swirl and scrape the sides of the pan frequently with a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula – the butter will bubble and pop. Once the bubbling/popping slows, the butter will begin to turn brown
Step 4: Watch the butter very carefully at this point, and once it begins to brown and you smell the nutty aroma of browned butter, remove from heat quickly and pour into a large, heatproof bowl.
Step 5: Stick the butter in freezer so it cools a bit while you’re doing the following steps:
Step 6: Stick oats in a blender and blend them to a powder
Step 7: In a medium-sized bowl, mix together oat flour, regular flour, pudding mix, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and coffee grounds
Step 8: To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Get your butter out of the freezer, add to the bowl, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 4 minutes.
Step 9: Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
Step 10: Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the toffee, chocolate chips, and coconut, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.
Step 11: Push it all together into a ball and stick in the fridge to chill while you prep the baking sheets
Step 12: Preheat oven to 350F (177C) and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
Step 13: Using a cookie scoop, form dough balls and put on the cookie sheet, spaced about 1.5 inches apart. Flatten each ball down slightly with your fingers.
Step 14: Bake for 11 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked in the center. Cookies firm up as they cool.
Step 15: When you get the warm cookies out of the oven, press one small piece of the party toffee into the top of each.
Step 16: Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Move to a rack for final cooling.
Now it’s time to pack up those cookies! Using your rectangular container, stack the cookies in rows with paper towels in between (check out these tips on sending cookies to soldiers overseas for more info!)
Voila! You’re done!! Isn’t this an awesome project??
So why, exactly, are cookies that amazing for soldiers? Well, other than the obvi fact that coffee is essential in a war zone, there’s all of the studies that have shown that supporting our troops while they’re overseas can lead to easier transitions and less PTSD. Given that the suicide rate of soldiers is now more than the average of the rest of the population, this is definitely a project that you can feel proud of.
So how exactly can you send these? I’m so glad you asked. There’s an AMAZING, Aina-Approved organization called Soldiers’ Angels that actually helps you to send packages to real live soldiers. Not random kits that you can buy. Not anonymous donations to soldier organizations. Nope, Soldiers’ Angels pairs you up with an actual soldier that you get to send handmade love and help to. No wonder they call themselves Soldiers’ Angels 😉
Now you just have one more step to do….
It’s time to send these to people that need them the most! You will need to sign up to be an Angel Baker at Soldiers Angels. The signup process takes 5 minutes, it will take one day to process, and then you will be able to find a soldier to adopt! It’s that easy – and it makes a world of difference to those deployed overseas.
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Carmen Westbrook is the CEO and co-founder of Aina Giving, a female-led company that transforms women into world changers. Join the movement of DIY World Change and get our accredited projects, leadership coaching, and nonprofit consulting – email us and tell us how you want to change the world. We’ll help you get there.