Thursday, March 31, 2011

Candy Bar Peanut Butter Cookies

I made these delicious cookies for an upcoming bake sale this weekend. I'm on a Relay for Life team - Baker's Dozen - in honor of our 5-yr old grandson, Caden, who is in his second year of treatments for leukemia.  He's doing well, and is such a source of joy in our lives, so I thought I'd share his sweet preschool picture in this post.  We're raising $$ to honor him.  What a darlin!



Caden has a GREAT sense of humor and makes us laugh so much.  His big sisters, Charlie & Chloe, adore him and often talk about the funny things he says and does.

(We have lots of redheads in our family - my husband is a redhead and we both have siblings with red hair, and 3 of our 8 grandchildren are redheads.)  So we're partial to them!

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

These cookies are fabulous and very versatile!

I first made them for a church cookie exchange a few years ago and decided they were yummy enough for me to add them to my cookbook.


(This is a picture of the divider from my cookbook - I love REAL pictures!)

The cookies are versatile because you can add any kind of candies you have.

I cleaned out my pantry. A few weeks ago, I had used some Buy One, Get One Free coupons for candies, then sorta forgot about them and they got lost in the bottom of my pantry, right under those unopened chocolate chips.  

When I found them again, I knew they would be the perfect thing to make for the upcoming bake sale.

I chopped one medium sized snickers bar, several peanut butter cups, some leftover Reese's pieces, and lots of chocolate kisses and candy bars.

Give them a try!  They're easy enough with a peanut butter cookie base.  They freeze nicely too.


CANDY BAR PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
(From The Better Baker)

38-40 mini chocolate bars
1 c. butter or margarine, softened
1-1/2 c. white sugar
2/3 c. creamy or crunchy peanut butter
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350. Remove wrappers from candy; cut each into 6 - 8 pieces.  In large bowl, beat butter, sugar and peanut butter until creamy.  Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine and stir flour, baking soda, and salt; add to butter mixture, blending well.  Stir in chocolate bar pieces.  Drop by teaspoonsful onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake 12 - 14 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove to wire rack to cool.  Yield: 5 - 6 dozen

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