Using candy bars in baking is nothing new, though I find that the recipes that include a candy bar within the ingredients tend to be pretty popular in the internet world. A candy bar is a treat in itself, so it’s no surprise that it sparks intrigue and interest when it is tucked inside of something just as decadent. I did a little investigating on my RecipeGirl Facebook Fan Page the other day… to see what was the favorite candy bar among my readers. Heath/Skor bars won by a mile (I agree!), but close behind were Butterfingers, Reeses, Twix and Snickers.
Snickers is the choice for my next baked good experiment: Snickers Bar Cookies. I picked up these babies for next to nothing on clearance after Valentine’s Day.
Here’s the how-to: Whip up my favorite chunky peanut butter cookie dough, and then roll the dough into little balls. **Please note: I am not a professional hand model. I wish I were. And if you have any skill in reading palms, let me know- I’d be up for hearing what’s in my future.
Pat those cookie balls into little pancakes.
A mini snickers bar is placed on top of each peanut butter cookie pancake.
Wrap those peanut butter cookie pancakes around the snickers. Hide the candy bar completely with the peanut butter cookie dough.
On a cookie sheet, you’re going to lightly flatten the cookie dough wrapped snickers with a sugared fork. Why sugared? Try it without sugar and you’ll realize why 🙂
Criss cross. Just because that’s what you’re supposed to do with peanut butter cookies.
Add a few pieces of chopped snickers on top (you want as much candy bar stuff in this cookie as you can possibly get). I think you’ll agree that it’s best that way.
Here’s the Snickers Bar Cookie- all baked up and ready to eat.
If you eat it warm, you’ll come across ooey-gooey Snickers Bar-stuff inside.
Or plate them, and serve them up later.
I brought these as a little gift for two of my favorite food blogging friends (Jenny and Mandy) when we met for breakfast recently. Mandy had her three beautiful girls with her, and they promptly chowed down on my Snickers Bar Cookies. Kid Approved 🙂 So what do you think? Are candy bars in cookies a good idea? What’s your fave?
Snickers Bar Cookies
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
- ½ cup chunky peanut butter
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated white sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1¼ cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- One 11.5 ounce package Snickers Miniatures (or similar amount cut into chunks)
- In a large bowl, combine butter, peanut butter and sugars using a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until thoroughly combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Mix flour into peanut butter mixture; mix until just combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill dough for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheet or two with parchment paper or silpat mats.
- Unwrap the Snickers. Shape dough into 1 inch balls (about 1 rounded tablespoon). Flatten ball in your hand and place a mini Snickers Bar on top. Wrap dough around the candy and place on cookie sheet. Use a sugared fork to criss-cross the top of the cookie and press down slightly. Cut up some extra, smaller chunks of Snickers Bar and place 2 or 3 on top of each cookie. Spread out the cookies so that there are only 6 or 8 per cookie sheet (they'll spread out a bit).
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cookies are set.
Other candy bar cookie recipes you might enjoy:
Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies by RecipeGirl
Chocolate Fudge Butterfinger Cookies by Picky Palate
Rolo Cookies by Two Peas & Their Pod
It’s Christmas time and I’m wanting to know how will these freeze I have so many different batches to make. Would love to make a few of yours and give you credit I always pass out recipes.
I always freeze all of my cookies, including these. Just keep them in a covered container. Should be fine!
My husband wanted to throw out some Snickers that were stale, but I thought somewhere there has to be a way to use them…will try this tomorrow…looks yummy!
Oh boy Christmas 2012 watch out!!!! I might have to wait & bake these on the 23rd, because I seriously don’t think I’ll be able to make them a few days earlier & have them last!!!!
your cookies looks yummy. l eat snickers but l didn”t know until now that it is good for baking cookies too.
WOW! I made these for my family and they absolutely love them! My husband told me that I would have to make these often. Thanks for this recipe!
I made the dough last night. I got tired and went to bed. I ignored the direction of leaving it in the fridge for 2hrs. The dough this morning was very hard to use but with the warmth from my hands it got more manageable/pliable.
But the recipe was wonderful! This is the second recipe I have tried and both were super YUMMY! The first one was the snickerdoodle cookie! My brother LOVED them!!
Thanks! I can’t wait to make more recipes, especially for my husband! Hopefully all of them are delicious!!!!
Thx for the tips on the changes- I went ahead and edited 🙂
I made these and also used a variety of candy pieces (Reese’s Cups, Twix, etc.) and took them into work and they were gone FAST! This is absolutely an amazing (and simple) recipe and the cookies don’t often turn out the prettiest with melted, gooey chocolate pieces on them, but they always turn out yummy!
I love your site and I’ve also turn a few of my friends into fans as well. Thank you for letting us into your kitchen 🙂
This sounds so yummy. I am 14 and I am known around my family for making great desserts! I cant wait to see there faces when I bake these cookies.
P.S Awesome website!!:)
Cool- good luck! Have you seen my 10 year old’s website yet? http://www.RecipeBoy.com
I love Snickers and anything made with Snickers! This is right up my alley!
These look amazing. I love how they flatten out, so you don’t realise they’re stuffed until you bite into them.
P.S – I’m so happy you started posting recipes on the same page!
@Avanika, More of that to come… the site is in the middle of a complete re-design so the recipes will now ALL be on the same page as the post! yay!
I’ve never done this with cookies, but I like dropping chopped Snickers bar into a boxed brownie mix 😉
Your cookies looks yummy. I eat snickers but I didn’t know until now that it is good for baking cookies too.
I made these cookies today with my 7 year old daughter – they are so delicious. They would be so yummy served warm with ice cream. These will definitely be a favourite in our house.
These look delicious. I love snickers in brownies but never really thought about using them in cookies. Now I will. Thanks.
Next time I’m in the mood to splurge I’m making these. Yum!
These look fantastic! My husband has a snickers eating problem, his rational “They provide immediate energy from the sugar and long lasting energy from the peanuts”. I am going to use his rational and say the peanut butter cookie addition only adds to the “energy boosting” power 😉 Thanks for sharing!
Those cookies look so yummy! My daughter wants to go to the store right now and buy some snickers! We have only recently joined the blogging world and we love telling stories about our 12 children and sharing our favorite recipes. Please visit us!
I can’t believe I haven’t made any of these yet! You guys and your candy bar cookies are making me hungry 🙂
Swooning big time!! Snickers heaven. xo.
Those look good and simple.
Nice to create something that looks so delicious with pantry items plus Snickers!
Lori, I just love every thing about these cookies. Love! xoxo!
Mmm, nothing better than a cookie stuffed with candy bar! As for the palm reading – I see many sweet things in your future. 😉
This is a brilliant idea! I’m new to your site and I think I’m hooked. Love your recipes and fun ideas. I need to make these cookies asap!
Deadly recipe! I’m having mine with Heath bars! 🙂
My best friend LOOOOVES Snickers – I shall make these for him 🙂
This looks yummy! I’ve only tried stuffing cookies with Oreos but I’m sure this is equally delicious.
These look great!
Yum..and thats all I have to say about that! 🙂
These look amazing! Yum!
Oh man, there is just so much snickers packed in there! Yum!!
I think we should start a Candy Bar Cookie Stuffers Anonymous support group or something. Then again, I’m not sure I want to quit stuffing my cookies.
O my… now that looks incredibly delicious!!!
You and Maria are killing me with these. And by killing I mean making me HUNGRY!
First Maria, now you–I can’t get away from them. It’s gotta be fate!
I’ve had these before but didn’t get the recipe. Love them. Thanks!
Oh yum, I could totally go for these right now!
These are a favorite at our house as well. I’ve also made them with Reese’s PB cups in them, and those are really yummy too! I say candy bars definitely belong in cookies! 🙂
Another fun stuffed cookie, Lori. That oozing caramel looks wonderful!
These look great! I need to get on the stuffed cookie bandwagon, stat!
Really, it’s just cruel to share photos this drool-worthy with a pregnant woman. Now I’ll be forced to run out and buy some Snickers to whip up a batch. 🙂
I love all the snickers cookies today!
Love stuffed cookies! These were fabulous, thanks for sharing that day 🙂
I’ve made these forever, only I use chocaye chip cookie dough. Sometimes I use milkyway candy bars too.
Between you and Maria, I’m set for awesome cookie recipes for my family!
Too funny! We are on the same page! Gotta love cookies and Snickers together:)
How could candy bars in cookies be anything but fantastic! I honestly haven’t had a candy bar in years, but Snickers was always a favorite of mine. These cookies look delicious.
Peanut butter cookies are terrific on their own but you just stuffed them with snickers and that is even better! Did you know that they now sell peanut butter snickers? I’m afraid to try them lol
Oh and PS my hands…not model caliber either. And my nails often look unmanicured and have food on them. Lol.
Oh I bet these are divine. Funny that you posted these. I was sitting her thinking about how I need to get going and post the sliders (2 varieties and so good), I made last night And thinking about making cookies this week and the endless possibilities and then I see these. I could have cookies right? I mean my jambalya (posted) is WW friendly even with sausage and shrimp and turkey sliders aren’t too bad…I’ve been good this week so far… Oh I have such a sweet tooth. It’s 7:00 am and I’d kill for one of these cookies!!!
Perfection! I don’t know that I’ve ever thought to use Snickers in cookies. I feel like I need to make these.
Also not a hand model. Until I get a much needed manicure my posts are staying hands free!