Food

Butterfinger Cookies

Apparently Butterfingers are an embarrassing habit. I am not talking about being caught with your hands in butter, because that would be kind of embarrassing. I’m talking about the delicious peanut buttery chocolately goodness that is formed into a candy bar and used to be hocked by Bart Simpson.

Tucker likes Butterfingers.
Tucker likes Butterfingers.

I wasn’t aware of it, but apparently Butterfingers aren’t “cool.” Hence Whitney not telling me until we’d known each other for some twenty odd years that BUTTERFINGERS were her favorite candy bar. That girl. Love her. Anyway, after we got that “getting to know your candy tastes” talk out of the way, I introduced her to these, Butterfinger cookies.

Whitney, enjoying her new favorite cookie dough.
Whitney, enjoying her new favorite cookie dough.

This recipe is a funny thing, because I have no idea where it came from. I know my mom found it somewhere, sometime between the day I was born and today. I do have an idea of how delicious it is. And how it could probably bring about world peace. I’m not even exaggerating.

Butterfinger Cookies

  • Servings: 3-4 dozen
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted softened butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Bag of Fun SIze Candy Bars (or 5 full size Butterfingers)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Unwrap Butterfingers (clearly) and load into a Ziploc bag.
  3. Smashy smashy those Butterfingers!
  4. In a mixing bowl, mix sugars, eggs (remember just whites), vanilla, peanut butter, butter, and baking soda.
  5. Whip for 30 seconds.
  6. Add flour, mix until just combined.
  7. Add crushed Butterfingers. Again, mix until just combined.
  8. Spoon onto a cookie sheet.
  9. Bake 10-12 minutes.
  10. Let cool on sheet for 1-2 minutes before removing to wire rack.

Food

Chocolate Chip Bars

I often find myself craving cookies without the desire to make individual cookies. Mostly because I’m lazy and sometimes because I have had too much wine. Before you feel too badly for me, I found a solution – Chocolate Chip Bars.

These were a favorite of my Mom’s when we had to make cookies fast, but had other things to do other than clearing out a batch every 14 minutes. These can be made in a 9×13, a heart shaped cake pan, a skillet, or a microwaveable mug. The best part about these is you can make them as “done” as you want. My preference is to eat them with a spoon.

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Chocolate Chip Bars

  • Servings: 12-16 Bars
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • (1 cup nuts)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add in flour and mix until just combined.
  4. Add chocolate chips (and nuts).
  5. Distribute into an ungreased 9×13 pan.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.