Right about now, if you’re like me, you’re contemplating what to leave for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and also eyeing that leftover Halloween candy thinking, “What to do with all that chocolate?” (Disclaimer: We dole out candy with great restraint which means I have heaps of Halloween candy leftover. Should you not have this problem, a run to the grocery store might in order…)
I have the answer for you – Sneaky Snickers Cookies! These are really easy to make – the Misses helped me wrap the Snickers in dough and the resulting cookies are yummy, peanut buttery with a surprise in the middle! My girls love these cookies. Candy in a cookie? What’s not to love?
Santa will thank you. :)
Sneaky Snickers Cookies
Yield: About 52 cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 (11.5 ounce) bags Snickers Miniatures (or use Fun-Size Snickers cut in half)
1. In food processor, process together butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, salt and vanilla extract until fluffy. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
2. Add the eggs and baking soda; pulse to combine.
3. Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add flour and beat until just incorporated without overmixing.
4. Wrap dough in wax paper and store in covered container. Refrigerate for 2 hours or more before baking. [I prepared the dough one evening and baked the cookies the next evening.]
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap 52 mini Snickers bars.
6. With a standard cookie scoop (size 50, which holds 5/8 ounce or 1 1/4 tablespoons) or a heaping tablespoon, scoop the dough into your hand.
7. Press the dough together and flatten.
8. Place a Snickers bar in the center of the dough and push the dough around to seal.
9. Place about 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets and bake for about 12 minutes.
10. Let cookies rest on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely.
Note: If your Snickers are not fresh, try smashing them down a little before pressing in the dough so the candy bar doesn’t show through.
The nutritional information is over on the Chronicle’s website. Go look if you must, I didn’t want to ruin these for you.