We spent today recuperating from a whirlwind weekend road trip for a family reunion. We all had a wonderful time, especially the kids who just love spending time with their cousins. (Unfortunately our oldest wasn’t with since she is at sleep away camp all week. For some reason, I don’t think she minded not being there too much!) It was great seeing my own cousins and aunts and uncles, as well as extended family that I haven’t seen in years.
The only down side to the whole weekend was that the usual 5 1/2 hour drive ended up being about 7 1/2 hours each way. Potty breaks, construction and traffic just held things up a bit. But we all agreed that those few extra hours in the car were so worth it.
Sunday was the big family reunion and my sister and I pitched in together to prepare a few dishes to pass at the picnic. One of those dishes we brought was these awesome Candy Bar Cookies. They turned out beautifully and tasted so good. They definitely melt in your mouth and the candy bar pieces add a nice tasty surprise to each bite.
Candy Bar Cookies
- 1 1/3 c. butter
- 1 1/2 c. sugar
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 t. vanilla
- 4 c. flour
- 2 t. baking powder
- 2 t. baking soda
- 1/2 t. salt
- 4 full size candy bars, cut into small pieces
- 1 c. oats, quick or old fashioned
1. In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat an additional 2 minutes, until combined and creamy.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to the creamed mixture, stirring by hand just until combined.
3. By hand, stir in the candy bar pieces and the oats. (The dough is heavy and you may need to use your hands to quickly combine everything without over-stirring.)
4. Roll the dough into golf-ball sized balls and place at least an inch apart on baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Cool for a minute on baking sheets before transferring to wire racks.
You can use whatever kind of candy bars you’d like in these cookies. I used 2 Milky Ways and 2 packages of Twix bars. Snickers or Reese’s peanut butter cups would definitely be great also! Use all of one kind or 4 different kinds – whatever sounds good to you!
This recipe makes about 3 dozen large cookies. You can half the recipe if you want, or just freeze the extra dough or cookies for another time!