When my sons were still at home, I would break out all things pink and set syrupy-sweet Valentine’s Day tables complete homemade cards and heart-shaped foods. Being the only female in this household(even the cat is male!), I had to have one day a year of pink feminine touches! You can read about one of those pretty-in-pink-breakfast tables here. The boys have grown into men and have all flown the coop now but I still had to send them some Valentine love, wrapped in, you guessed it, pink. Snickers is one of America’s most popular candy bar and a favorite of my sons. How good would cookies chock full of melted Snickers be? Really good! To fancy them up, I finished the cookies with a drizzle of melted chocolate. They were soft with just the right crumbly texture. And in every bite, the sheer deliciousness of caramel, chocolate and peanut combination that makes Snickers so famous and beloved.
- 1 c light brown sugar
- 1/2 c white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 c unsalted butter
- 1 t salt
- 3 t vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups chopped Snickers candy bars
- 2 3/4 c unbleached flour
- 2 t baking powder
- 1 c chopped walnuts, optional
- 2 oz dark chocolate, to drizzle on top, optional
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter, vanilla, sugars, salt and eggs.
- In a smaller bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder. Add this gradually to the butter-sugar mixture until well blended.
- With a wooden spoon, add the Snickers candy and walnuts, if using, until just mixed through. Chill the dough in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight, covered.
- Preheat oven to 375F. On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, place tablespoon sized dollops of dough. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden. Start checking at 8 minutes. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a rack or cool surface to finish cooling.
- To glaze with the chocolate, melt the chocolate in a small sauce pan over water, stovetop or in a glass dish in the microwave(about 1 minute, stirring half way through). Place in a pastry bag or in a plastic baggie with a corner clipped and finish the cookies with a drizzle of the chocolate. Let set before handling.
To create this recipe I substituted chopped Snickers in my favorite chocolate chip cookie. Because Snickers already have peanuts, you may wish to skip the walnuts and just increase the chopped Snickers by a half cup. I made a version of each and both were good. Each 2 oz Snickers bar will yield 1/2 cup chopped candy.To minimize clumping of the candy, chill the bars before chopping and mix into the batter right away.
As I was purchasing these fun boxes at my local Homegoods, the twenty something clerk remarked on how pretty they were. I explained they would be filled with cookies for care packages to my grown sons. She sighed and said she wished she still got care packages from her mom. One is never too old to appreciate a care package! Who can you surprise with a care package?