filling the empty nest with food
Outrageous Peanut Butter Cookies (adapted from Bon Appetit, January 2000)
1 cup super chunky peanut butter
1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup bread flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 1.8- to 2-ounce candy bars with peanuts, peanut butter, chocolate and caramel (such as Nutrageous. I used Butterfinger), cut into 1/2-inch cubes. (The original recipe called for only 3 candy bars, but I doubled it. More outrageous that way.)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 2 large baking sheets. Using electric mixer, beat first 6 ingredients in large bowl until well blended. Stir flour, oats and baking soda in small bowl to blend; mix into peanut butter mixture. Gently mix in candy bar cubes.
Refrigerate dough for several hours. Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 1/2 inches apart.
Bake cookies 10-12 minutes. Reverse sheets halfway through baking. Let cookies cool on sheets for about 5 minutes. Using metal spatula, transfer cookies to racks and cool completely.