Thursday, February 28, 2013

snickers peanut butter cookies

Have I discussed yet how I am a cookie dough addict? The actual act of baking cookies is an afterthought to cookie dough consumption. I wish that I suffered a bad experience from eating raw egg to curtail this bad habit, but my stomach is ironclad and cookie dough is a part of my daily diet. 

I'm so glad that I spared some of this unbelievably good dough to bake, though, because these cookies are amazing. Not that it would have been the worst thing in the world to have to make another batch in order to confirm their deliciousness. 

So let's break down these cookies. The peanut butter keeps the cookie soft and chewy, while the snickers add a caramel and nougat layer of chewiness that pairs so well with the peanut butter flavor. It's important to freeze the chopped snickers pieces prior to stirring them into the dough to avoid a caramely mess. Caramely- technical term. The frozen caramel ensures that it melts just enough to infuse into the cookie without seeping out onto your cookie tray. As with most dessert, more chocolate is better so the added chocolate chips make these cookies a medley of delicious textures and flavors. Chocolate caramel goodness. I know that you will love these!

Snickers Peanut Butter Cookies

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup chopped Snickers candy bars (about 4 regular sized bars), frozen
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats, set aside
In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, & salts, set aside
In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy then add sugars and beat until smooth
Add the egg and mix until combined
Add the milk and vanilla extract and mix again
Add the flour mixture and beat until just combined
Stir in the chopped Snickers and chocolate chips
Drop by heaping tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets
Gently flatten each ball with palm of hand
Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned on edges
Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 5-10 minutes, then remove to rack to cool completely
Store in an airtight container


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