Sticky Toffee Pudding Cookies

stickytoffeeSo as you know, I’ve been doing the online dating thing for awhile now.  And in this short time, I have come to figure out some key things guys should NOT do when it comes to dating sites and the photography they choose to portray themselves.

Seriously, if I had a dollar for every time I actually saw a decent picture where I actually KNEW what the guy looked like, I would probably be making $3 a day and would spend it on Kleenex to cry myself to sleep.

So here’s my list of Photos Men Should NOT Post On Their Dating Profiles.  Guys, take note.

The No-Face

The No-Face is a simple guy… with no face.  His pictures include him in situations in which his face appears partially or entirely missing from his head.  There are many sub-divisions of No-Face, including but not limited to: Over-Exposure No-Face, the guy who takes photos directly IN the light, casting a very bright, very opaque white glow over his features so it just looks like eyeballs floating in a stark white orb [aka, hotness]; Halloween No-Face, the guy who wears a mask as his profile picture [seriously] and you can’t tell why he purposefully chose a picture of him in which his face is covered — and that is must mean he has some kind of facial deformity or facial-flesh eating virus; Outdoor No-Face, which is the guy who has sunglasses, a hat, or some other object on which obscures his face from actually, well, having a face.

The Selfie

Everyone’s guilty of taking a selfie here and there — we are human.  But the dude who has ONLY selfies up on his profile is to be approached with caution.  Does he have friends, and if so, why doesn’t he have any pictures with friends?  Every picture is an up-close, blurry shot of his face — usually taken from an extremely unfortunate angle which makes his probably-okay-looking head look like a giant toe with eight chins [side note: don’t ever take selfies from any angle below the chin.  DOOOOON’T].  If you’re going to take a selfie, please follow these simple rules: A) ask a friend to take the picture instead, preferably in a background that isn’t your dirty bathroom; B) don’t take any shots from below your chin or risk looking like you have no neck; and C) would it kill you to smile?

The Macho Man

This dude clearly needs to be reassured that he is the ALLL the time.  Case in point?  His profile picture is likely of him posing in the bathroom mirror with his shirt off.  It’s quite possible his abs make Ryan Gosling’s stomach look like a 89-year-old woman’s.  But even if that’s the case, keep it wrapped up, brah.  If you’re the right guy, when the time comes I’m sure we will get to see your delicious abs.  Otherwise, if we’re bombarded with half-naked dudes, we’re just gonna bypass.  This goes for guys who take selfies or ‘swolfies’ at the gym, too.  It’s great that you work out — go, you! — but if you’re spending your time snapping pictures of your sweaty biceps instead of actually working them, you’re probably not doing it right.  Neeeexxxt.
Another sub-division of the Macho Man is the dude posing with a car, money, or lots of unnecessary crap in his profile picture.  As much as I love money, I don’t love seeing dudes holding hundred dollar bills, dudes leaning up against cars (that are usually sub-par cars at best), or guys wearing blinged-out snap-backs, pinky rings, or the like.

The Mr. Unidentifiable

Mr. Unidentifiable is just that — he is (I’m hoping) one of the eighteen people in this picture, right?  But the question is: which one?  Because more than likely, this social butterfly has more than one picture and all of those pictures are of him in a group.  Inevitably, I always find the best looking guy and upon further snooping, realize that this person is definitely not his attractive friend.  Sigh.  Back to the drawing board.  So dudes, I love that you love your bros.  But can you throw a couple of clear pictures of just your mug on there, too?  That way I don’t fall for your cutie friend instead.  (Oh, and btw, is he single?)
Guys, this also goes for posing with ladies.  I get that you like the ladies.  They may all be your sisters, who knows.  But when it’s you smack-dab in the middle of a gaggle of females, I can definitely spot you alright — but as that douchebag in the middle.

The Non-Human

The Non-Human has profile pictures that consist of things that are, well, not human.  Pictures of beaches at sunset, his car and/or motorcycle, his dog, a favorite TV character… you get the drift.  As nice as it would be to date a beach at sunset, it wouldn’t because sand crabs.  And I love animals, but dating a dog would probably be grounds for sending me to an asylum.  Can you even imagine dating a car?  They aren’t affectionate, they’ll never share their feelings with you, and they will constantly have bugs in their grill.  So yeah, I’ll pass.

Anyway, gentlemen of the interwebs — please heed my profile picture advice.  I highly suggest going outside on a nice, sunny day and taking a profile picture from shoulder-height or higher of your smiling face.  You’ll thank me later when you have gaggles of chicks messaging you.  Trust me.

DSC_0774AYou should also trust me when it comes to these cookies.  I’ve actually never had sticky toffee pudding before, but I know it’s insanely popular, especially in England.  And while I’m not a huge fan of pudding desserts (especially bread pudding) I was a fan of the list of ingredients that makes up a sticky toffee pudding — loads of warm spices, rum and vanilla swirled throughout, and of course, the toffee.  So I took those quintessential flavors of this classic dessert and shoved them into a cookie.  Genius.

Now that’s a match I can get behind.


5.0 from 3 reviews
Sticky Toffee Pudding Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 24
You're bound to enjoy these cookies which taste like the classic British dessert, sticky toffee pudding!
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • ½ tsp rum extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 (6 oz) pkg chopped dried dates
  • 1 cup toffee bits
  • Caramel sundae sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or spray them lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and the vanilla bean paste/extract and the rum extract until blended. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, cornstarch and salt.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture, about a cup at a time, into the butter mixture, beating well to incorporate. Once combined and a soft dough has formed, stir in the chopped dates.
  4. Drop rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets, about 1" apart. Bake for approx. 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time. Cookies may appear underdone -- they will continue to set up as they cool. Do not over bake them! Allow the cookies to set on the baking sheets for about 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack with parchment paper or foil underneath it.
  5. Once cookies are still slightly warm or room temperature, drizzle the tops evenly with the caramel sundae sauce. Sprinkle tops of the cookies with the toffee bits immediately. Allow the cookies to briefly set before serving. Store leftovers airtight in a container at room temperature up to a week.

DSC_0775AThese are some of my new favorite cookies ever!  They are so soft and chewy with a tender, light crumb that’s simply irresistible.  The higher dark brown sugar ratio lends to a chewier, more tender cookie and helps plump up the dried dates to make them extra soft and juicy.  And the reason why the toffee goes on top rather than in the batter?  Simple: I wanted these to be noticeably sticky toffee pudding cookies.  I didn’t want the buttery crunch of the toffee lost within the batter of the cookie, so by sprinkling them on top, that toffee flavor and texture isn’t lost.  Between the crunch of the toffee, the stickiness of the caramel drizzle and the spiced batter swirled with juicy dates, these cookies taste pretty darn similar to the real thing!  I think you’ll fall in love, too 🙂

Have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley



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  1. OMG! First off – I’m on those dating sites, and agree 10000000%. They never have a good picture and a lot don’t even have a full profile! Am I supposed to just blindly go out with you when I don’t know what you look like or what you like to do?!?! ARGH!

    OK, so those cookies look ah-mazing! I have a Girls’ night at my house tomorrow and I WILL be making these! 😉

  2. These are redicu-licious! Must try this recipe!

  3. Oh, these look so good!

  4. hahahaaa from everything I’ve heard your list is spot on! stupid boys 😛

    and I haven’t had sticky toffee pudding either but I know I’d love these cookies! YAY TOFFEE!

  5. LOL Men are such morons! Why would post a photo of you and a bunch of chicks in your online dating profile?! You might as well just add “Player” to your interests section.

    These cookies on the other hand look magnificent! So soft and chewy!! I want, I want!!! Pinned

  6. Hayley, I absolutely adore your stories!! You always have me in stitches before I’ve even gone through one paragraph. That sounds awful and yet hilarious at the same time. I hope you finally found a good guy soon because you really, really deserve one! I haven’t had sticky toffee pudding before either, but your cookies make me want to eat it every day for the rest of my life. Paired with three or four of your cookies, of course!

  7. OMG these cookies. They look perfect and I’m mildly obsessed with toffee. You should set up a second account with these cookies as the profile pic. Sure to bring all the sexy gentlemen to the yard (which is a major upgrade from milkshakes, which just bring boys).

  8. This post cracked me up. I can’t believe some guys would actually think the above named categories are okay. Get it together, fellas. These cookies look amazing–so gooey and sticky. Pinned.

  9. I dont think you should trust anyone who isn’t willing to share their photo! Scary!

  10. This is amazing! I baked a batch yesterday for a cookie swap and I tied it with another cookie for best in taste! Toffee bits was hard to find (after four supermarkets, I gave up!). Thankfully it’s easy to make them at home. Thanks for the recipe!

    TOFFEE : Combine 2/3 cup butter and 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar in small saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue boiling, stirring constantly, 30 seconds. Use immediately.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Cindy! Sorry you had trouble finding the toffee bits – I usually find mine in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips. Hope that helps for next time, but awesome that you made your own toffee!

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