Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Very Merry Year: November

So, instead of going crazy with holiday baking last year, I decided that it would be much more fun to spread the joy out over the year and gift someone each month with something lovely from my kitchen.

And, this month, I just happened upon a new recipe that involved wrapping peanut butter cookie dough around a chunk of frozen Snickers candy and baking until golden-brown. I immediately knew who I must make these cookies for—John. He loves peanut butter as much as I do, and loves candy as much as Joel, so these cookies are absolutely perfect for him.

Oh, and he loves cookies too; and we all love him. It even says so in the birthday card that Madeline made for John (complete with rainbow, sunshine, tent, and people). He's a great friend, a fellow cook, hunting partner, fabulous (and very organized) traveling companion (who drives very well on the wrong side of the road -and car- through crazy round-abouts in the UK and Ireland), my best friend's husband... oh, and Madeline and Erik adore him. So, what better for a gift than these over-the-top cookies...

Happy Birthday, John!

Snickers Peanut Butter Cookies
(adapted from
here)
Makes about 26 cookies

Mini-size Snickers bars or large Snickers bar cut into bit-sized pieces
1 stick butter, room temperature
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla
1.5 c. flour, sifted
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Either unwrap the mini Snickers, or unwrap and cut up larger Snickers. Freeze until the cookie dough is ready.

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F, and line a cookie sheet with parchment (or lightly spray with baking spray w/flour and wipe sheet with paper towel). Cream the butter and sugars in Kitchenaid until light and fluffy, then add peanut butter and combine, next add egg and vanilla, mix until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and blend to finish dough.
Scoop dough out of bowl with a large soup spoon, and flatten the dough in your hand. Place one frozen Snickers pieces in the center and wrap evenly, sealing around candy. Do about 6-9 cookies at a time. As many as nine will fit on a cookie sheet at a time as they do spread a bit. Keep additional candy in the freezer when you're not shaping cookies to go on a pan to pop in the oven. Bake for about 12-13 minutes. Cool on wire rack, and beware. These are delicious!!

2 comments:

Jamie said...

OMG! These were awesome! The boys shared them with me, grudgingly, I might add. They even had to get them out of the trailer, since they were nicely packed away to share with all the hunting buddies! He LOVED! Loved LOVED! them! (and I did too!)

-K said...

Lucky for you, you are coming to the source... tomorrow. :) Shall we add these to the Christmas-cookie line up?

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