Hawkeye's Cookies

Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies

By: Arlene Bronstein

My son Hawkeye loved chocolate chip cookies, but he wanted more crunch and sweetness. To accommodate his idea, I added some toffee bits to a recipe I had gotten years ago from my friend Debbie Goodman. The results were terrific and this cookie has become a family favorite! It freezes well, so it is the perfect cookie to make ahead for any festive occasion!

About 24 Cookies (or 40 small cookies)


  • 1 cup softened butter (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. water
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips 
  • 1 cup toffee pieces
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and both sugars. Add vanilla and water. Add eggs, one at a time. Stir to blend.  

Combine flour, soda and salt in a bowl, and then add to the blended ingredients. Stir to combine.

Stir in chips, toffee pieces and nuts, just until covered with dough.

Using either a small or medium melon baller, drop cookie mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. The cookies should be about 2 inches apart.  

Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Watch as ovens vary in temperature.

Cool on pan for 2 minutes and then transfer to baking racks to cool.

Store in an air-tight container or freeze.

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Hawkeye's Cookies


In 1989, Arlene Bronstein wrote her first cookbook BEAUTIFUL BUFFETS, featuring many of the celebrated American Fashion designers. Her next cookbook, CARLOS: Contemporary French Cuisine was written for Carlos Restaurant, one of Zagut’s top Chicago restaurants, featured in Food and Wine Magazine and many other fine culinary publications. Arlene’s book, My Word Is My Bond, is a history of the Chicago Board of Trade told through 21 interviews of traders ages 40 -90. From that book, she took on the role of Executive Producer for the PBS documentary, “My Word is My Bond”, using clips from her book interviews to tell the story.  In 2013, Arlene wrote her first children’s book, How Did Nonnie Get to Heaven? The Chicago Tribune said, Nonnie conveys through exquisite imagery and the pure expression of children, that death and loss are natural parts of life.”  In the fall of 2014, BEAUTIFUL BUFFETS, II was published with 40 new recipes.