Butterfinger Cookies

I can see how this recipe could be adapted to use up all the upcoming leftover Easter candy that we are all about to have next week. Maybe nothing terribly soft, but definitely some of the crunchier chocolate candies. I had a lot of fun working with the little Butterfingers, and luckily I found a 10 oz. package in the candy aisle of unwrapped miniature Butterfingers, so a lot of the breakdown work was done for me!

Original recipe is here: http://www.plainchicken.com/2010/08/butterfinger-cookies.html

What You Need

½ cup butter, softened

¾ cup sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

2 egg whites

1 ¼ cups chunky peanut butter (or smooth)

2 tsp vanilla

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

5 (2.1 ounce) Butterfinger candy bars, chopped

And Here’s What You Do

1. Preheat oven to 350. 2. Cream together the butter and sugars. Add in the egg whites and mix well. Mix in the peanut butter and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix well. Stir in chopped butterfingers.

3. Shape into 1 1/2-inch balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies just start to turn brown. Let sit on cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Cool completely. What I Did

It was fun to get out the mighty chocolate knife again. And Scott was sure to help me clear up the bigger pieces (i.e. he ate them).

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These smelled very good while they were baking. Scott had to test a few right out of the oven, of course. I don’t think they were supposed to turn out as flat as they did, however. I would like to see if this one can be improved with a little tweaking.

I could see how these could be really good with vanilla ice cream…yum!

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Until Next Time,

Peace, Love and Cupcakes

Browned Butter Cinnamon Chip Bars

Various coworkers have been bugging me to bring baked things in again. I really haven’t brought anything in since the holidays, so it was definitely time to do so. I learned how to do something new, and I think it turned out very well…
Original recipe is here: http://picky-palate.com/2014/02/03/brown-sugar-cinnamon-sugar-cookie-bars/
What You Need
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal Flour
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup cinnamon chips

2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

And Here’s What You Do
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Line a 9×13 inch baking dish with foil. Place butter into a saucepan over medium heat. Melt the butter and cook until browned, swirling the pan occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes.
3. Pour the butter into a stand mixer. Add sugar and mix until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla, stirring well. Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and cinnamon chips, mixing until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, and press evenly into the bottom of the pan. Stir together the 2 tbsp of sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon in a small bowl, then sprinkling over top of pressed dough. Bake for 25-30 minutes until baked through. Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes then cut into square and serve.
What I Did
So, I was making a batch of cookies at the same time, so I got the butters mixed up. It was a little too late for the cookies (which turned out fine even with the extra butter), but it gave me the opportunity to practice with browning butter. What a trip that is! I had never done that before, so I’m glad that the recipe came with instructions on browning butter. Just don’t turn your back on it. It goes from golden and frothy to brown and hearty in a blink of an eye.
See this?
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Compared to this:

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That is some browned butter in there!  When the bubbles come up a lovely caramel shade, then take it off the heat.

I was a little hesitant about these. When I cut them, they seemed to be quite dry and hard. But after trying one of them, the bars seemed to be living up to their promises. I had Scott try one, and he said that they were really good.
So, with a little faith, I took them to work. And they disappeared quickly.
So, apparently they were better than I thought they were.

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That’s not a great picture, but I forgot to get a pretty one before I went to work.  They look a bit like inedible bricks.

Until Next Time,

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes!