Mackintosh Toffee Pieces & Toffee Pecan Drop Cookies

Drop cookies are made from a relatively soft dough that is dropped by spoonfuls onto the baking sheet.  During baking, the mounds of dough spread and flatten. Chocolate chip cookies (Toll House cookies), oatmeal (or oatmeal raisin) cookies and rock cakes are popular examples of drop cookies.

Toffee Pecan Drop Cookies For You & Me

Want to have an “excuse” to use up your Nestle Mackintosh Toffee pieces?  If you have any left over Mack Toffee after Christmas – you are doing much better than me!  IF you can find any, then this is the recipe for you..and me…

Toffee Pecan Drop Cookies are fun and easy (and tasty…) to make this time of year. Any excuse to turn that oven on works for me.  Drop cookie are in a class all by themselves. Need a formal definition of a Drop Cookie?  Then click here – read a bit – then stop back for our recipe.  This is a great example of a cookie recipe that doesn’t have any chocolate in or on them.  And here is the recipe:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg (room temp)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans
1 cup toffee pieces (chop into smaller pieces)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt – then set aside.  In a large bowl, cream butter with the sugars until smooth, about 2 minutes
Add egg & vanilla and beat well. Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly Stir in pecans and toffee pieces. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet, leaving several inches for expansion.  Bake 10-12 minutes, until lighly golden.  Cool cookies on the sheets for 5 minutes, remove to wire rack to cool completely.  Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Note: To toast pecans, place on baking shet in a 350-degree oven for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly browned & fragrant.

These cookies could be the beginning of a GREAT Super Bowl Sunday house party!  Beer and chips have their place – but when you put Mackintosh Toffee Pieces into your Toffee Pecan Drop Cookies they become a “classic” weekend dessert.  Mother would approve!

Golden Brown Is Good!

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Christmas Cookies With Mackintosh Toffee Bits

Need to take a break from the Shopping Mall?  Tired of the pushing and shoving at Best Buy?  Thought so!  How about spending some quality time in the kitchen before friends and relatives show up.  Did you get involved with a Cookie Exchange – but need something just a “little bit” different?  How about putting that bag of Nestle Mackintosh Pieces to work…Yes – it’s THAT time of year again!  Time to get those cookie sheets out and get moving.  Santa will be arriving soon!

Make Santa Happy At Christmas

Give The Big Guy toffee bit cookies this Christmas!

This is a great recipe that I have used that can use your secret stash of Mackintosh Toffee you have squirreled away.  You just need to chop / crunch / smash / grind them into slightly smaller pieces.  And voila – you have delicious cookies with that subtle and smooth flavor of Mack Toffee.

Cookies With Toffee Bits

2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup butter or margarine, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1-1/3 cups toffee bits (you can make the toffee pieces as small as you prefer – there is no perfect size…Hey – It’s your kitchen – you’re The Boss.)

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets.
Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
Beat butter, sugars, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Add eggs and beat well.
Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until well blended. Stir in your toffee bits.
Drop by rounded teaspoons onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 9 to 10 minutes until lightly browned.  Cool slightly.  Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.  Let cookies cool completely.

Yield: about 4 dozen cookies – which can make about 4 people in your household VERY happy!

PS: And don’t forget to save a few for Santa…

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Melt Your Mackintosh Toffee

Cooler weather is already moving into Buffalo and Western New York.  But the last time I checked a thermometer on Labor Day weekend, the red needle was pointing towards the high 80s – I guess there will always an exception to any rule – but you get my drift. Weather forecasters in our area are now calling for next week to be cool and the week after that will be cooler yet.

Have A Hot Time In Buffalo NY

Think our Summer is over?  Most likely!  Hey – let it go.  It’s time to move on.  Fall weather (and the cookie season…) is almost here.  I can tell by the Sports page in the Buffalo News discussing the Buffalo Bill wanna-bee’s – this weekend is when it’s time to break a few hearts (both players AND some fans) when those that are either too young or too old.  Watching a game of football at Ralph Wilson Stadium can be painful in more ways than one.

Need a little “pick-me-up” to begin the Fall season?  You could take a few bags of Nestle Mackintosh Toffee Pieces to the next Home Game.

Go Bills!

But why wait – Open a 170 gram bag of Mack toffee pieces,  unwrap a few pieces then toss them into a cup of hot chocolate or even some leftover morning coffee.  Reheat the mixture in your microwave for about 60 seconds or so.  Take a spoon and give the mixture a whirl or a swirl.  The Mack Toffee pieces should have melted away but the toffee flavor is now infused in the beverage.

Just what is it about the unique flavor of warm toffee that people keep coming back for?  Some folks might be tempted to toss a few bits & pieces of a Skor bar into their next cup of a warm beverage to produce what we call a “Double Whammy” – chocolate flavor plus toffee goodness.  Our 1st choice?  Mack Toffee!  But Skor bits & pieces is always a good “Plan B”…Purists would say that any chocolate just “pollutes” the Nestle Mackintosh natural toffee flavor and texture of the Mack Toffee!  Bottom line?  You be the judge!

Here is a quick Mack Toffee recipe that should get you off the couch at Half Time.  Basically, you need to Melt your Mack then add a few nuts – and Presto Change-O!  Toffee Crunch Candy!  Let them cool down a bit – then pass them around during the Third Quarter.  You will make everyone feel better when the Buffalo Bills don’t win the game or fail to the point spread.  Hey – you can’t lose when you put your money on The Mack!

Mack Toffee Crunch Candy

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Chill for approximately 30 minutes

Only 5 ingredients makes this recipe a very easy treat to prepare! You might have enough time to make it during Half Time and still make it back to your Man Cave for the Third Quarter!  You will need:

1 package of Mackintosh Toffee Pieces (170gram bag)

1 tbsp Butter

1/3 cup Slivered almonds, toasted

¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted

2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

This recipe will make about 22 pieces.  Now go find a baking sheet.

Step 1: Unwrap toffee and place in 4 cup (1 L) microwaveable glass measure; add butter. Microwave on HIGH, stirring twice, for about 1 1/2 minutes or until mixture is bubbling.

Step 2: Stir in almonds, pecans and sesame seeds.

Step 3: Drop a teaspoon full of the mixture onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Gently flatten each with the back of a spoon.  Chill approximately half hour or until firm to the touch.

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Mackintosh Toffee Choppers

Mack Toffee Teeth Are Smiling

O.K. – I’ll be the first to admit that a gleaming set of choppers just means that your teeth are much whiter than normal…Real dental health goes much deeper than bright white enamel surface.  Just ask Calgary dentist Eugene Dalla Lana.  Did you say Dalla Lana?  No, I know his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is NOT a dentist.  I was referring to Dalla Lana the Calgary dentist.

Get down to dental basics and start with proper tooth brushing technique.  How many times did your mother tell you to hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line?  Perhaps requiring you to be gently and use short strokes…Need I go on?  Did you know that Cheese is another cavity fighter jam-packed with calcium?  Probably not.

But what’s really important and what originally caught my eye was this comment:  “Mackintosh’s toffee is good as an occasional treat, but it’s not good for your teeth every day,” says Dalla Lana.  Whoa!  Hold that thought.  A lot of people like Mack Toffee, some actually LOVE Mack Toffee.  Many have either never heard of Mackintosh Toffee and almost all of them never tried Nestle Mackintosh Toffee.  Slabs and bars are long gone – if you want to try this treat – you have to get the individually wrapped pieces.  Most people carry them around in their purse or pocket and quite a few cook with them, grind them up and sprinkle them on cookie dough, ice cream or toss a few pieces into hot chocolate or hot coffee.  Did I mention that these folks are serious Mack Toffee fans?

I don’t want to steal the Dalla Lana’s thunder – so if you want to read complete article in the Calgary Herald – here is the link:

http://www.calgaryherald.com/health/KISS+strategy/4919428/story.html#ixzz1OpNRFPu2

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Mack for Memorial Day 2011

Yes, I KNOW it’s almost Memorial Day 2011 – BUT…I still get inquires about Mackintosh Toffee.  It seems to go something like this:  Where is it?  Where can I buy it?  Where is the “slab” or “bar” style?   Or simply, “…I need Mack Toffee for my favorite recipe…”  Good Grief!  These are serious mackintosh toffee issues.  At least for these folks.

Summertime is Mackintosh Toffee Time!

O.K. I admit that I don’t enjoy turning the oven on during a hot summer day. But the culinary payoff is a toffee laced cookie.  Toffee cookies are high up on my list of delightful things…It’s #2 right below Chocolate Chip cookies.  When they are still warm from the oven, I just can’t say “NO” – I just put that cold beer down, walk over to my favorite green plastic lawn chair and kick back and enjoy.  Maybe toffee and chocolate are Kissing Cousins – but they certainly get along with each other.  Unlike me and my mother-in-law…but that’s another issue for another day.

And just one more thing…why is it that Mack Toffee, Mackintosh Toffee and Macintosh Toffee are all spelled differently, but most people either don’t care – perhaps they just can’t spell.  I admit that’s a small point, but come-on, I’m talking about Mackintosh Toffee not a computer product made by Apple, Inc.  Johnny Appleseed may not approve, but if you want to find Mackintosh Toffee Piecesindividually wrapped in a 170gram bag – then use this link.  Enjoy some time at the beach with your bag of Mack Toffee!

Time To Hit The Beach...

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Mackintosh Toffee Brownie Recipe

I just could not let this go by with tossing this recipe into the Holiday mixing bowl.  Can you imagine what the aroma would be as they come out of the oven all warm and gooey?  It may be cold outside, but these brownies would go great with a steaming mug of hot chocolate or a cup of coffee fortified with Bailey’s Irish Creme.  But you probably already thought of that!

Mackintosh Mack Toffee Brownies

Preparation Time: 30 min
Cook: 10 min

You will need:

Cups Ingredient Metric Ounces
2 1/2 Packages MACKINTOSH’S MACK Toffee candy (170g), unwrapped 2 1/2
2⁄3 cup evaporated milk, divided 150 ml 5 oz.
1 Package (510 to 515 g) chocolate cake mix 1
3⁄4 cup butter or margarine, melted 175 ml 6 oz.
1 cup finely chopped pecans 250 ml 8.5 oz
2 cups TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels 500 ml 17 oz.

Tools required: Double boiler, 13 X 9 inch (3.5 L) pan, parchment paper

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).  Place toffee and 1/3 cup (75 ml) evaporated milk in the top of a double boiler or heat-proof medium bowl set over boiling water.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until completely melted and smooth.

Step 2:
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir cake mix, butter and remaining evaporated milk until smooth.  Stir in pecans.  Press 2 cups (500 ml)) of cake mixture into a parchment paper-lined pan.  Bake 10 minutes.  Sprinkle chocolate morsels evenly over cake base.  Spread toffee mixture over top.  Crumble remaining cake mixture evenly over toffee.

Step 3:
Bake in center of oven for about 15 minutes, or until lightly browned around edges.  Cool in pan on rack.  Refrigerate for about 2 hours, or until firm.  Lift out of pan onto cutting board.  Cut into squares.  Makes 32 squares

Nestle Mackintosh Toffee Brownies

Nestle Mackintosh Pieces in your Holiday brownies!

Put them on a serving dish and stand back!  You might want to just put 31 on the dish and hold one back for the cook…errr…that would be YOU…Enjoy this Toffee Treat, It’s Dee-Lish!

Need to find a bag or two, or three of Nestle Mackintosh Pieces for this recipe? Visit our web store for Nestle toffee pieces today!

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Mackintosh Toffee vs. Taffy

Pop quizs are never fun but candy pop quizs usually are…Let’s try this one on for size.  You’re walking down the street and meet a stranger who will give you a $100 bill if you can answer the following question:  “…what is the difference between taffy versus toffee…”  Would you have the $100 in your right pocket, left pocket or not have it at all?  Well, this is your lucky day.  They both start with the letter “T” and have brown sugar or molasses in the ingredients list – but what about the “B” letter.  That’s right – butter.  Surprised?  Thought so!

Taffy, especially salt water taffy, was never my favorite – but Nestle Mackintosh Toffee – well, that’s another story…Taffy may be “pulled” – even slapped around in the back room of the candy factory – but Nestle Mack Toffee is an entirely different story.

Taffy may be pulled by hand or machine, but toffee is smoother in texture by adding butter.  Pop one in your mouth and give it a minute (or two…) – starts to soften and the rich creamy flavor is released.  Pretty neat?  You betcha’…

Toffee also benefits by the addition of other ingredients such as chopped nuts and chocolate – the ultimate “C” word.  Check out the formal definitions at About.com

Definition of Taffy: Taffy is a pulled candy. Taffy begins as a sugar syrup that is boiled to soft-crack stage (270-290 degrees) or hard-ball stage (260 degrees). Candy cooked to soft-crack will be brittle and hard, while candy cooked to hard-ball will be slightly softer and stickier. The resulting mixture is cooled slightly, then pulled, folded, and manipulated until the texture is smooth and chewy.  The unique pulling method used in making taffy results in a candy that is much lighter and airier than other sugar syrup candies like lollipops. The pulling motion incorporated tiny air bubbles in the candy that result in a satiny sheen and a light texture. Because of all the handling, recipes for pulled taffy must include a large amount of corn syrup to act as an interfering agent and prevent crystallization.

Definition of Toffee: Toffee is a candy formed by boiling a sugar syrup to a high temperature, usually soft-crack or hard-crack stage. Toffee usually has a hard, slightly chewy texture and a rich taste that is gained by adding butter to the sugar and water in the sugar syrup. Other common additions to toffee are roasted, chopped nuts and chocolate.

Ready for the Holidays?  Itching to get into your kitchen and prepare a batch of cookies

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

with some toffee pieces in them?  Toll House cookies are a Holiday tradition at my house – and if I ask nicely, the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer will make me happy when they use Nestle Mackintosh Toffee pieces.  Better yet – bake a batch and leave some out for that fat guy in the red suit!

Santa Likes Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies Too!
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