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(Toffee-Studded) Brown Sugar & Oatmeal Shortbread Cookies

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Shortbread cookies, but different! So easy, with only 5 ingredients. Sweet and delicate, with the richness of brown sugar and the toasty addition of oats. But wait! These become OMG extraordinary with the addition of one optional ingredient. Tune in!

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Difficulty Level



Needed Items


  • Prep: 8 minutes
    Chilling: 20 minutes
    Baking: 25-30 minutes (or up to an hour)


  • 1 cup butter
    1/2 cup dark brown sugar (light brown will also work)
    1/4 tsp salt
    2 1/4 cups flour
    1/2 cup quick-cooking ("One-minute") oats
    OPTIONAL but HIGHLY recommended: 1 cup Heath "Bits o' Brickle" Toffee Chips

Number of Servings

  • 36 cookies


  • Cookie sheet(s)
    Parchment paper
    Rolling pin


  • None

Additional Notes

Mine baked for exactly 28 minutes. After you get to 25 minutes, check yours every 2 minutes and don’t let them get browner than the ones in the photos below.

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