December 10, 2008

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies and three winners!

Look at those innocent little cookies, hiding a sweet and salty treat. It all started when my husband reminded me that he had volunteered to bring a treat to work today. Sure, I said. After all, I bake a lot (ahem) and I didn't think it would be a big deal. Well, Tuesday was a crazy day and we ended up with Suns tickets from my dad, last minute. Before we could go, I had to borrow my uncles enormous truck and trailer, drive my kitchen table and chairs from my in laws basement where they've been waiting for us to finally get our house, so the electrician can place the chandelier, unload (thanks to my brother for the help), and try and fail to move the piano we got on Craigslist. We made it to the game in the middle of the first quarter which I considered quite a success. We had sweet seats and I'm so glad we got to go- especially since I just heard that Raja and Diaw were both traded away! Diaw is my best friend Kara's favorite eye candy (he's French, after all) and Raja used to be a model before he joined the NBA. That's all I'll say about that, since my dutiful husband reads my blog. My dad has actually met Raja a few times at work (Raja drives a BMW) and he says he's also quite nice.

Some how, though, the treats were forgotten, and I found myself listening to the whirl of the KitchenAid at 5:45 this morning as I made the requested peanut butter cookies. After I sent my tall man off with some criss-crossed peanut butter cookies, I decided to try wrapping some of the dough around Milky Way bars like Kara's mother in law does. Just scoop out a regular cookies worth of dough, flatten it in your palm, place about 1 inch of candy bar in the center (chop a big one, buy funsize, whatever works for you), and roll it around in your hand. Bake as usual. I don't think you'll be going back to the plain old peanut butter cookie. I know I won't (and I know I'll be looking at the Snickers, Milky Ways, and Three Musketeers differently from now on!)

Congratulations to Chocolate Chic, Megan from My Baking Adventures, and Allergy Mom who had the luck of the random number generator! Email me your address and we'll get your prize right out. Thanks everyone for the entries. I had an awesome time reading the great comments and hope it do it again soon. Now seriously... you probably have some left over candy bars in the pantry from Halloween. Go make these cookies!

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies
by Anne Strawberry

1 cup softened butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup smooth peanut butter
2 2/3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 bag bite size candy bars (or 4 full size bars) - Snickers, Milky Way, Three Musketeers, etc

Preheat oven to 375. Cut candy bars into 1 inch pieces and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined. Mix in peanut butter. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Scoop dough out, flatten slightly in your palm. Place one piece of candy into the middle and roll in your hand to wrap the chocolate into the middle of the dough. Please on baking sheet, spacing apart generously, and bake from 9-12 minutes until dough has set but before cookies take on too much color. Remove from sheet and allow to cool. Enjoy warm!


  1. Hi Anne, I missed your last few posts, been on a long awaited vacation but YUM look what I have to come back to....

  2. I am making the same thing next week, but with chocolate chip cookie dough minus the chips and add the candy bar. What a great idea to do the peanut butter!

  3. Wow, you are doing a lot of running around, Anne! You must be exhausted! These cookies look amazing -- the candy bar totally takes them to the next level. If I try these I don't think I'll ever be able to go back to regular old peanut butter cookies!

  4. Awesome cookies! Love the idea of filling them with candy bites!

  5. Those cookies look scrumptions! And glad you had fun at the game.

  6. OH...wonderful.

    I popped in to see your BB recipe and I found out that I won.

    How exciting.

  7. Ok........I have just searched your site for your email address.

    I can't find it.

  8. oh. my. goodness. that is all I can say! These look delectable and amazing. I am so trying these! I may use snickers though-I like them better than milky way.

  9. Wow, those look fabulous! I've always been scared to try that because I'm afraid the chocolate will ooze out while it's baking.


  10. I love candy bar cookies. Yahoo to the winners!

  11. What a great wife to bake for your husband before 6AM! These look great. Any recipe in which you can add candy works for me!

  12. Mmm, peanut butter has got to be one of the best things on the planet. And wrapping it around a candy bar doesn't hurt either! Looks yummy.

  13. Oooh, yum! I've been tucking "surprises" inside cookies lately, too! Gotta try more!

  14. IT's Kara here, not Q.... and wait a sec, when did I say Diaw did it for me? Looks like we're after the same baller. J Rich has been decent so far, Do Suns play the Bobs again this season? We gotta get together and watch that one if so. WHich game did you guys just go to?

  15. i've made these cookies too and i love them!!! they are so gooey and rich.

  16. Yum! Your cookies look great Anne! I love anything with those little candy bars! Have a great week!

  17. UUUHHH!!! These look absolutely decadent. I MUST MAKE THESE.

    Glad you are getting settled in your new house. Takes time, girl, takes time.

  18. Wow melt in mouth with a suprise to rock cookies.

  19. Oh those cookies look so good!! Can't go wrong with peanut butter AND candy bars!

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  21. Wow, those cookies are so deliciously sinful! And aren't you a trooper making cookies at the break of dawn. I hope your husband knows he's lucky!

  22. I'm so glad I found your recipe blog. Everything looks amazing and I'm off to try these cookies right now. Make sure to post your new house!

  23. Hey, we live in Phoenix too and we were NOT happy about the trade either. Love the blog and HOLY MOLY on those cookies! YUM!