Friday, November 14, 2008

Leftover Candy Cookies

So, my interview went well. I was able to eat at two new to me restaurants. Julep and Nick's. It was all very good! At Julep I got the tomato and basil quiche with strawberry salad. SO good! The stuffed chicken looked delicious. I'd probably try that next time. At Nick's I got the blackfish. At first, I was a little turned off by the texture of the fish; it is a bit tougher than I'm used to in a fish. However, it grew on me and by the time I was done, I ended up enjoying it. After lunch, we returned to the hospital for a round of 4 20-minute interviews. They all went well though it was hard to come up with questions for a program that I feel I know pretty well. My next interview is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving; so, we'll see how I feel after that one.

The recipe today is one that I got from Anna. After Halloween, I bought a bag of yummy candies on sale; however, I soon realized that I could not handle that bag sitting in my room, so I set off to make some cookies! The candy that I used included the following: KitKat (see it?!) , Reese's Whips (I REALLY like these), and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. The Whips ended up being like a peanut butter marshmallow in the cookies. Yum! The base of these cookies is fantastic and could be used for any kind of cookie you want. I highly suggest you try it out! Can you tell I still messed up without a timer?! Leftover Halloween Candy Cookies–aka “Coffeehouse Cookies” - adapted from Cookie Madness

8 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Halloween Candy - whatever you have!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Beat butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Beat in baking soda and salt. Add flour and stir until it is mixed in.

Stir chocolate chunks into the dough. Cut candy bars into small pieces and stir some of the pieces into the dough.

Scoop 1/4 cups of dough onto cookie sheet and flatten slightly into mounds. Leave about 3 inches between cookies because they will spread as they bake. Press remaining candy (decoratively) into cookie mounds

Bake 14-16 minutes or until cookies are almost set. Do not overbake; centers should be slightly soft. Cool on baking sheet for about 7 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

16 comments:

Dee Dee said...

Julep and Nick's are two of our favorites - We ate ate Nick's the night Todd proposed, and we've never had anything we didn't like at Julep. Makes me miss MS!!

Jane said...

YUM!

Peabody said...

Glad to hear your interview went well. And whips in cookies...great idea.

Katrina said...

Yummy. I just recently "bought" the rest of my son's candy and made some similar cookies, but my dough base was peanut butter. I love the look of yours and the oozing pb!Thanks for the b-day wishes. Good luck in all your interviews.

Pearl said...

hi claire! my name is pearl and i came by your blog randomly. your cookies are adorable and i love how you write about them!

i just started blogging, so i hope that we may get to know eachother through blogging!

Claire said...

Dee Dee - MS misses you!!! I really enjoyed both restaurants. Maybe someday I'll have a story about one of them to share. :-)

Jane - Yep...yum!

Peabody - Thanks! I was glad that it wasn't too pressure filled.

Katrina - I saw that...he doesn't realize what a good deal he really got!

Pearl - Thanks for dropping by. I really hope that you find a niche in blogging. Please, keep letting me know what you think.

Joanna said...

i love candy in my cookies!!! i made these a few weeks ago. i used twix bars in some of them and they oozed everywhere.

Darius T. Williams said...

Wow - so this is super clever! I love this idea!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Lisa K said...

What a great idea! I think I'm going to buy some candy so I can make these. I wonder how Snickers would taste in them?

Abby said...

Gilding that lily, eh? FABULOUS. I'd love to have one right now.

Elle said...

Hmm, candy in cookies, let the holiday baking begin!

RecipeGirl said...

Delish! We actually still have some Halloween candy lying around (I think my son forgot about it!)

briannalee said...

You know, I still have soo much halloween candy leftover and I think cookies are a perfect solution :) Your cookies look amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Kristen said...

That sounds like such a great idea for getting rid of all that candy. I'll have to keep that in mind after the holidays too because we always seem to have more than enough to go around.
I'm glad everything went well for you!

Jesse said...

Oh genius! We have tons of leftover candy from Halloween - STILL! I'm trying not to foist them on my office mates... perhaps I'll do so discreetly in the form of these cookies. Sneaky sneaky!

Claire said...

Joanna - It is just good isn't it?!

Darius - Thanks!

Lisa - I think Snickers would be FANTASTIC!!!

Abby - I do what I can. :-)

Elle - Bring it on. :-)

RecipeGirl - It's funny how guys can forget about candy...somehow I can't!

Briannlee - Well, glad to help!

Kristen - I think that most holidays lead to too much candy. Hope you like them.

Jessie - Thanks! They are pretty good and a useful recipe.