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“Holiday” Cookies

Since the holidays are upon us, it’s time for a holiday cookie recipe that features Halloween candy bars.  Huh?? you ask?  Aren’t we on to Thanksgiving already? Well, Halloween technically is a “holiday.” And holidays have now become one endless yearlong opportunity to shop for more stuff for our overfull households–and to bake and eat overly sweet things.
Halloween blurs into Thanksgiving which slides seamlessly into Christmas which changes shelves with Valentine’s Day which then morphs into Easter.  Instead of fighting the consumerist whirlpool that’s sucking whatever meaning American cultural traditions have, I’m joining it.
You may not have leftover Halloween candy bars, but, no worries, there are plenty in the stores.  The candy bag and wrapper colors have just been switched out from orange-and-black to green-and-red.
Same insides.  Same low price.
Black Friday is just around the corner.  Time to fortify yourself!

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.


One comment on ““Holiday” Cookies

  1. Caroline
    November 22, 2012

    You are so right about holidays blurring into each other! We went into three stores yesterday, the day before Thanksgiving, to find one of those paper turkeys you can fold out and use as a table centerpiece. But the stores had wiped the shelves clean of anything turkey and fall-related and moved right on to Christmas. Well we’re going to enjoy Thanksgiving today (and bake and use lots of butter!) even though it’s already moved on in the stores. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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