Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Chocolate Chip, Candy Cluster Cookies

 I have one word for these cookies....YUM!  My son created these knock out cookies, and used to make them for his friends when he was still in high school.  You get a special treat in every bite. These cookies have milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, Twix candy bars and mini peanut butter cups. You can see the melted caramel in the picture.

Just look at the treats that are mixed up in this dough!

These cookies are going to make all your cookie monsters smile.

* Try this - Freeze and make amazing ice cream sandwiches with vanilla or chocolate & peanut butter ice cream.

Note:  See Gluten free option below.

Chocolate Chip, Candy Cluster Cookies
1 cup butter, softened (using shortening will change the flavor of these cookies)
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups minus 2 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 Twix candy bar, cut in small pieces (see picture above)
3/4 cup mini peanut butter cups,  cut in small pieces  (see picture above)
(I tried some cut up Snickers in a couple instead of the Twix, and that was yummy too)

Preheat oven to 375
In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
In a smaller bowl, combine flour, salt and soda. Mix together.
Combine dry ingredients with moist ingredients. Mix on low or by hand. Do not over mix, this will make cookies tough. Stir in flavored chips and candy pieces. It is important to use a wooden spoon not an electric mixer when adding flavored chips and candy pieces. Again, too much mixing will result in a tough cookie.   I know I say this a lot, but it is one of the most common mistakes in making cookies. We want a delicious tender cookie.

Place dough on ungreased cookie sheets, and flatten slightly.
I use a cookie scoop to measure out my cookies, so they are a little larger than most. But perfect for ice cream sandwiches!

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Depending on size. Smaller may take 8-10 minutes.

Cool on wire rack.

Please enjoy these cookies. I know we do!

 Gluten free option replace flour with a home made flour mix: 1 cup rice flour, 1 cup garbanzo bean flour, and 1 cup minus 2 Tbsp. gluten free oat flour. Or Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix, or Pamela's Gluten Free Pancake & Baking Mix. If you use Bob's Red Mill brand you will also need to add 2 tsp. Xanthan Gum to the recipe. And note that Pamela's contains dairy, but does not need Xanthan Gum added.  Also be aware that Twix has gluten and Snickers and some brands of peanut butter cups have shown reactions to some gluten sensitive individuals due to factory cross contamination. I would increase chocolate and peanut butter chips to 1 1/2 cup each to replace the candy in the recipe. 

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