Have you ever wanted to send a care package to a friend or someone in your family? It can be a special treat to those who are far away, to let them know you are thinking of them and that you miss them. I often think of my friends who have sons and daughters in the Military who are far from home and how they would enjoy a care package of homemade treats made specially just for them. I found that for me, sending cookies is the easiest choice. Cookies tend to stay fresh longer than other treats so they can travel a few days and still be yummy when they arrive for that special someone. I picked up some cookie wrappers from Wilton with pretty twisty ties so that they would stack together nicely and hopefully not crumble. They also make nice treats to give to your neighbors when you have extra cookies to share. I had a lot, I mean A LOT of extra Halloween candy so I made use of the extra candy bars to make these cookies.
This is a big batch of cookie dough that I will divide into 3 parts. You’ll need a bowl of dry ingredients containing all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. You’ll need brown sugar, white sugar, 2 sticks butter, 2 eggs, vanilla and 3 cups of chopped candy bits.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet with or without silpat. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10 – 12 minutes. Let cookies rest in the pan for a couple minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool.
3 cups All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Butter (2 sticks), room temperature
1 1/4 cups Brown Sugar, firmly packed
3/4 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla
3 – 4 cups Chopped Candy Bits, such as Snickers, Butterfingers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s Pieces, M & M’s, or any other favorite Halloween Candy.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside.
Combine butter and sugars in a mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Cream butter and sugars together until very light. Add eggs, one at a time mixing after each addition. Add vanilla and reduce speed. Add flour mixture a little bit at a time, mixing after each addition until the dough forms. Divide dough into 3 parts.
Mix 1 – 1 1/2 cups of candy bits into each batch of dough. Drop 2 inch dough balls onto a baking sheet, with or without a silpat sheet. Bake 10 – 12 minutes, just until the cookies are golden brown around the edges. Let rest in pan for a couple minutes before cooling on a wire rack.
Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.