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Candy bar cookies

One of my favorite parts of baking (aside from eating the yumminess) is spending quality time with my boys. Just recently my 4-year-old has shown an interest in helping me in the kitchen. He enjoys patting (rolling) dough for me and mixing ingredients together with a big spoon, but the thing he likes most is sampling, of course! (And spending time with Mama, I'd like to think.) My 18-month-old will even sit at the table with us and watch our baking show unfold. And it usually is a show!

When I suggested "getting rid" of our Halloween candy the other day, Elijah got curious. Get rid of candy? Why would we do that? I explained that I wanted to bake some of our candy inside of cookies, and he had his sleeves rolled up in seconds, ready to be of service! He is a great unwrapper, I discovered, which will come in handy for future baking escapades. He is also a great taste-tester, and very good at being discreet about his sampling. I was so busy encasing my candy bars neatly in dough that a few of our peanut butter cups mysteriously "disappeared."

This is a great way to use up your leftover Halloween candy. I loved that I really never knew what I was going to get until I bit into one. "OH! Butterfinger! Delightful!"

I have to give Rachael Ray some of the credit for these cookies because I used her double chocolate dough recipe (from EveryDay with Rachael Ray magazine), which is some of the tastiest cookie dough I've ever eaten.

And here is my happy, eager little helper.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together on low speed:

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Beat in:

1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, slightly softened

1 egg

Turn out the dough onto a large piece of plastic wrap and flatten into a disk; seal. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Working with approximately 1 tablespoon of dough at a time, use your fingers to evenly encase each of 24 miniature candy bars (unwrapped and chilled) with the dough. Any mini candy bars would work great. I used: Snickers, peppermint patties, peanut butter cups, Butterfinger and Twix. I'll bet Kit-Kat, Milky Way, 3 Muskateers and Rolos would also be fantastic.

Place on the prapared pans and smooth the dough with your fingers, if needed. I placed like-sized dough balls on the same pan. My Butterfinger and Twix balls were slightly bigger than my peanut butter cup and Snickers balls.

Bake until just firm to the touch, about 14-18 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and let cool slightly. Transfer the cookies on the parchment to a rack to cool completely.

YUM. YUM. YUM.

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (9)

I champion unwrapper, huh!? If I'd have been doing it there would be more than a couple of butter cups missing ;) These cookies are fantabulous!

11.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

Ohh my these cookies are to die for!!! I wouldn't be able to just have 1 {or 2, or3...} :)

11.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Kids in the kitchen are so fun :) These look like a great way to get rid of Halloween candy to me :)

11.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMagic of Spice

I am totally jealous of the eager taste tester!! I want to be one of those when I grow up :) These look so good!

11.22.2011 | Unregistered Commentersteph

this is a yummy treat looks wonderful

I love to cook with my kids. My daughter is a great helper/tastetester too! Great use for left over Halloween candy. I think the twix would be my favorite!

11.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

I was wondering about that recipe for the double chocolate dough. I am definitely putting this on my to do list before Christmas...hello peppermint patties. I love the messy face photo. I wish that could be my official job.

Your recipes look so amazing, I feel a little woozy when I look a the pictures!! :-)

12.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Rolos are amazing in these cookies.. they are my husbands favorite cookie.. it never crossed my mind to use the other types of candy.. i guess i didn't think they would "melt" nicely.. but your cookies look great! can't wait to try with the assortment of mini candies that are out there!

05.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

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