Sunday, January 20, 2008

Bam! Snickers Cookies

I was a weird kid. I never ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. My mother never had to tell me to straighten my room. And I liked Halloween more for the decorations than the candy.

Except for Snickers. I loved Snickers.

Something about the mix of sweet chocolate, sticky caramel, dense peanut butter nougat, and crunchy peanuts made me swoon. I still remember the house at 101 Pinewood Drive in our neighborhood that gave out the king size Snickers bars to every kid who came by on Halloween.

Bam! That big bar would hit the bottom of your plastic pumpkin. Then you'd have to center it, otherwise your pumpkin would lilt for the rest of the night. After you hit that house, it didn't matter how many Dum Dums or Tootsie Rolls you got. You had scored.

I'm not alone in my Snickers love. According to Wikipedia, "Snickers is the best selling candy bar of all time and has annual global sales of US $2 billion."

Well, they haven't made any money off of me in the last 15 years or so, which is the last time I had a Snickers bar. That is, until this past Saturday when I made Michelle's Snickers Cookies.

I needed a kid-loving cookie and figured Michelle (a mom of four) would know best. She does. When I took the first bite of a warm Snickers cookie, I audibly sighed. They're sweet and rich and studded with chewy melted Snickers chunks.

It brought me right back to my Wonder Woman costume and to 101 Pinewood Dr.

These are too good not to share, so I'm submitting them to Candyrecapper, who has chosen candy as this month's theme for Sugar High Friday.

Snickers Cookies
Makes about 35 cookies.
Print recipe only here.

½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup butter
½ cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cup flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 1/2 king size Snickers bars or 9-10 fun size bars, chopped into small pieces

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine the first six ingredients, and mix well with a hand mixer. Add the dry ingredients through the salt, and mix until well blended. Stir in Snickers pieces.

Roll small balls of cookie dough in your hands. If the dough sticks to the palms of your hands, run them hands under a little warm water and continue. Place cookies about 2 inches apart since they spread while baking. Makes approximately 35 cookies.

Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until golden brown and slightly puffy. If baking two trays of cookies at the same time, rotate the pans midway through so they bake evenly.

You might also like:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons
Hello Dollies!
Dorothy's Almond Biscotti

Other chocolate-y cookies I covet:
Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Ribbons from Cookie Madness
Double Chocolate Cookies from Technicolor Kitchen
Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Bake or Break

Speaking of Wonder Woman, if you're not familiar with Michelle's blog Scribbit, then do yourself a favor and start visiting her. She is one the first bloggers I ever made contact with, and I've become a loyal reader.

She calls Scribbit her blog about "motherhood in Alaska," and says everything she needs to know she learned from motherhood. Even though I'm not a mother or from Alaska, I enjoy Michelle's writing. From heartwarming posts about the funny things her kids say to activites that encourage reading Michelle shows that she can handle all types of situations with grace, intellect, and humor.

You'll learn a lot about life in Alaska (sledding, anyone?) and can brighten Michelle's winter by submitting something to her Winter Bazaar. If you like to read and write, then check out her monthly Write-Away Contests and book reviews.

Finally, she's a blogger who always gives without expecting to receive -- consider her generous Saturday Give-Aways and her sage advice such as this fantastic post on the Five Things Every Blogger Should Know.

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