Halloween Candy Turned Cookies

Halloween night was a success in this house.  When you have a ‘tween that is able to fill a complete king-size pillow case with candy, you have a lot of sweets on your hands.  Of course we believe in the Halloween Parent Tax.  Children pay their parents 10% of the candy.  This teaches true life skills.

So what are we going to do with all this candy?  This year we chopped up some of our favorite chocolate bars and made cookies.  And wow!!  The boys are wanting cookies instead of the multiple packages of candy.  It is a win!

We chopped up Snickers, Twix Bars, Kit-Kats, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  And then added in M&Ms for topping.  And it is a game when we bite into our yummy cookies- what candy did I just eat!

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Halloween Candy Turned Cookies

3  cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 oz cream cheese

1 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 cups of chopped chocolate candy (Kit-Kat, Snickers, Reese’s Cups, Hershey bars, Twix)

½ cup m & m’s for the top

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Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a medium bowl mix together flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.

In a large bowl cream together butter, cream cheese, brown sugar and white sugar.  Mix in egg and vanilla extract.  Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients until flour is fully mixed.

Fold in chocolate candy.  Using a mini cookie scoop, scoop out dough balls and place 2 inches apart on baking sheet.

Press a few m&m’s gently into the dough ball. Bake for 11-13 minutes. You want them to have a golden brown edge.  If they don’t look quit done, it’s okay.  Remove cookies from oven and let cookies sit on the pan for about 2-3 minutes.  Place cookies on a cooling rack to finish cooling.  Store in airtight container.

Serve with milk and enjoy!

Looking Forward,

Amanda

First Week of School Cookies

Well, we have almost made it through our first week of middle school.  Eeeekkkk!  How did he get so big?  Each year, we make cookies for the first week of school.  It is a welcomed treat after the first day of school.  Nothing says welcome home like warm cookies and cold milk.  This gives me time to talk about his day and hear about all his adventures.  Also, my kid likes to bring his lunch.  He enjoys having his first week of school cookies in his lunch box.

This year we tried to cram all his favorites into one cookie.  Chocolate chips, M&Ms, peanut butter, and oatmeal made these cookies extra yummy.  Simple and tasted amazing.

Here’s to a great school year and lots of singing and dancing in the kitchen!

Looking Forward,
Amanda

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First Day of School Cookies

½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 t vanilla extract
1 whole egg
¾ cup all purpose flour
¼ t salt
1 t baking soda
1½ cups old fashioned oats
1 cup M & M’s
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Then add in peanut butter.   Add in vanilla and egg. Mix until combined.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda.  Add the dry ingredients to the batter.  Mix for a little less than a minute. Do not over mix.  Fold in old fashioned oats, M & M’s and chocolate chips.

Make teaspoons of dough and place on prepared cookie sheets.  I prepare my cookie sheets with parchment paper.   Bake cookies for 11ish minutes or until lightly golden brown and firm on the edges.  Remove from the oven and let set for 3-4 minutes.
Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Once completely cooked, keep cookies in an airtight container.  Cookies  (if not all eaten) will last up to a week.

 

 

Pretzel M&M Hugs

Yes, they are simple!  Requiring no thought at all.  But for some reason these little no-brainers are quickly gobbled up at holiday gatherings.  Of course these have a little Christmas flair.  You can see how easily they can be used at any holiday just change out the M&M color.  Perfect treat to have the little ones help out on.  Get those little fingers busy unwrapping Hugs and arranging them on pretzels.  This time of year it’s nice to have a simple kitchen treat!- Amanda

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Pretzel M&M Hugs

60 square pretzels

60 Hershey’s Hugs chocolates (almost a full bag- 12 oz package), unwrapped

60 Milk Chocolate M&M’s (for Christmas use the red and green)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Arrange pretzels on cookie sheet in a single layer then top each pretzel with one Hershey’s Hug chocolate. Bake for 5 minutes, until the chocolate is shiny and soft. The Hug will still have its shape.

Remove from oven and carefully place one M&M in the center of each soft Hug and press down on M&M to spread the chocolate. Place in refrigerator and allow to rest until chocolate has set, about 5 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

Monster Cookies

The smell of cookies…  Today the Fuller home was seasoned by Monster Cookies.  The only thing that is scary about these cookies is the amount you may consume.  Personalize your cookies with colorful M&Ms.  Today I used V-Day M&Ms but how fun to use your favorite team colors for the Super Bowl.  Pour a cold glass of milk and you are set!
For the Cookie Monster in all of us!- AF

Can you feel the LOVE?

Monster Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 cup and 2 T brown sugar, firmly packed

2 cups peanut butter

3 eggs

1 t corn syrup

1/4 t vanilla

4 1/2 cups regular oats, uncooked

2 t baking soda

1/4 t salt

1 cup M&Ms (get crazy with your colors)

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.  Begin to add sugars, beating well.  Add peanut butter, eggs, syrup and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add oats, soda, and salt; stir well.  Now stir in M&Ms and chocolate chips.  Dough will be stiff.

Pack dough into a 1/4 cup measuring cup.  Drop dough 4 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets.  Lightly press each cookie with fingertips into a 3 1/2-inch circle.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes (the center of cookies should be slightly soft).  Cool slightly on cookie sheet.  Remove cookies to wire racks to cool.  Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.