Friday, January 11, 2013

Cubicle kitchen: Candy Bar Cookies

Organization is always a big thing at the start of the year, and I've been hopping onto that bandwagon with occasional attempts at controlling some chaos.  Part of that effort always has to be a little stash busting.  I have a yarn stash, a fiber stash, a book stash, a notebook stash, even a chewing gum stash.  And, of course, a stash of baking ingredients.  Candy, dried fruits, nuts, mixes, anything that I think might be interesting, it all gets collected for future treats.

Usually I take my inspiration from one ingredient in particular from that stash and build around it.  This time, I wanted to use as many of them as possible at once.  The first thing that sprang to mind was just to do a cookie packed with candy.  I knew that basically I was just making chocolate chip cookies with candy pieces instead of chips, but I went ahead and followed a recipe to make sure I kept the ratio of dough to mix-ins reasonable.

Such a simple cookie.  A perfect milk-dunking cookie.  Or coffee-dunking, I guess, since there isn't a milk machine at the office.  These things disappeared!  It just goes to show, you don't have to obsess over an intricate recipe using expensive ingredients.  Sometimes you can just make a cookie.

Candy Bar Cookies
(made about 60 cookies)

Recipe from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice.  The only change I really made was to make mine about half the size.  Here's the candy I used included:
  • Peanut M&Ms
  • Pretzel M&Ms
  • Milk Duds
  • Snickers
  • Milky Way
  • Almond Kisses
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Lump of Coal crispy chocolate
  • other plain chocolate bars cut into chunks