Browned Butter Snickerdoodles with Toffee

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Browned Butter Snickerdoodles with Toffee add a buttery, nutty flavor to the classic snickerdoodle cookie recipe. This traditional Christmas cookie is extra special because it is made with brown butter and rich Heath bits and rolled in cinnamon sugar.

Browned Butter Snickerdoodles with Toffee - a new twist on your favorite classic cookie recipe. This Toffee Brown Butter Snickerdoodles recipe is perfect for holiday baking!

I’m struggling to get into cookie baking mode this year. This is kind of a problem as a food blogger since the Food Blogger Rule Book says I should have posted, like, seven new cookie recipes by now. I should already be posting New Year’s Eve appetizers and drinks, and I should be in my kitchen making all kinds of healthy recipes the post just after January 1st, when everyone is trying to eat healthier and get in shape.

But here I am, posting my first cookie recipe of the holiday season. I guess since I can’t eat them due to my gluten allergy, I don’t get as excited about making them, and I have to trust only the palettes of my taste testers to tell you all if they are good or not.

I could be making gluten free cookies, I suppose, but truth be told, even in December I’d still rather eat ice cream. In fact, we may or may not have had ice cream cake for Christmas the past couple of years, and I may or may not have put candles in it so we could sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

Now while I will still make Snowballs for mom, maybe some Gluten Free Almond Crescents for myself, Gingersnaps for the Hubby, and Crispy Snickerdoodles for my dad and sister, I did feel that I just couldn’t go through a holiday season without a new Christmas cookie recipe.

So even though it’s just a little twist on an old favorite, it’s a pretty tasty twist…

Browned Butter Snickerdoodles with Toffee are a rich and buttery way to update a traditional Christmas cookie recipe with brown butter and Heath bits.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles with Toffee Bits

I love toffee and will happily add it to pretty much anything. Snickerdoodles seemed like a natural match because of the light cinnamon sugar coating on the outside. Then, well, browned butter, let’s talk about it. Toffee already has a caramelized, buttery flavor, so adding the hint of nutty goodness from browning the butter is just a perfect pairing.

How to make Browned Butter Snickerdoodles with Toffee…

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I typically use half shortening and half butter in my snickerdoodles, but this time I used all butter, melting down half of it, slowly cooking till it smelled all heavenly in my kitchen and was a lovely golden color. Then I let it cool before mixing up the cookies. This means you will need to chill the dough a bit so that you can roll it easily, but isn’t that half hour in the fridge worth it for the lovely taste of brown butter? Yes, yes, I think so.

Now I will say, because it’s how my dad likes them, I am on Team Thin and Crispy when it comes to snickerdoodles. So these, my friends, are thin and crispy because I always pat them down a bit before baking. I am not sure, but maybe if you leave them as balls and slightly underbake them, they will turn into the chewy variety. I know, I know, I made, like, six trays of them, so I should have tested this with one of the pans. But I didn’t. So just enjoy then crispity crunchityness, or just have them with a glass of milk for Christmas or any night of the year.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles with Toffee - Christmas cookie recipe to leave cookies for Santa

Browned Butter Snickerdoodles with Toffee are a perfect holiday cookie to leave for Santa! Or you could try these…

Coconut snickerdoodles (Coco Doodles) are a combination of two classic Christmas cookie recipes - coconut macaroons and snickerdoodle cookies!

You should also try these from my food blogger friends. Peanut butter makes everything better, like Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles from A Dash of Sanity. Maple Toffee Cookies from Shugary Sweets are perfect for fall and winter. And browned butter improves another classic like these Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies from Mom on Timeout.

Browned Butter Snickerdoodles with Toffee - a buttery twist on the classic cookie recipe. Make them for Christmas!

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Toffee Brown Butter Snickerdoodles - these browned butter snickerdoodles with Heath bar bits are the perfect buttery Christmas cookie recipe

Browned Butter Snickerdoodles with Toffee

This is a rich and buttery way to update a traditional Christmas cookie recipe.

Toffee Browned Butter Snickerdoodles
5 from 1 vote

Browned Butter Snickerdoodles with Toffee

A buttery twist on the classic cookie recipe, these holiday cookies are made with browned butter.
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
chilling time 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 8 oz butter, divided, one at room temperature, the other for browning as per the instructions below
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits like Heath Bits O'Brickle
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon


  • Heat a pan over medium-low heat. Add 4 oz butter, let it melt and start to foam. Stir frequently until the butter becomes golden in color and some brown bits start to collect at the bottom. Be careful not to burn the butter. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk or sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large bowl or the bowl of your mixer, cream the softened butter and the cooled browned butter with the sugar at medium-high speed thoroughly until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, and mix thoroughly.
  • Reduce mixer speed to low, and slowly add the flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
  • Using a spatula, stir in the toffee bits.
  • Place dough in the refrigerator until just cool enough to handle and roll into balls, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
  • Using a small scoop or about 1 tablespoon of dough, form balls, and roll each ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat all sides.
  • Place dough balls about two inches apart on a cookie sheet.
  • Just before baking, take your three middle fingers and press the balls down slightly, until they are about a half inch thick.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until barely set and slightly golden. They will puff up at first while baking, then flatten out.
  • Cool for a few minutes on the pan, then remove and cool completely on cooling racks.
Nutrition Facts
Browned Butter Snickerdoodles with Toffee
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 48mg2%
Potassium 21mg1%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 4g4%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.



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  1. Georgia

    5 stars
    I made these today and they were so good! This recipe will be replacing my snickerdoodle recipe that my family has baked for well over 50 years. The browned butter is the magic secret! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I am so happy that you enjoyed the snickerdoodles, Georgia! It’s an honor to know that the recipe is as good as your family’s. Thank you for rating the recipe, too.

  2. These sound so good. I love Snickerdoodles and I love Toffee. Those two elements drew me in. I can’t wait to try them. Thank you for sharing on Inspire and be Inspired Link Up.

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