"Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger"....cookies! Just kidding, of course! ...I'm not that greedy (for the most part). If you haven't noticed, I am a complete sucker for anything with chocolate and peanut butter in it. So, it pretty much goes without saying that whenever Halloween rolled around, I was always so thankful that my brother hates peanut butter. (I swear he was adopted or something! ) Once we made our rounds being all cute and dressed up, we would head home and spread our candy out all over the floor. This was where my "big sister" negotiating skills kicked into high gear. I would then very strategically trade him some of my candy for his (1 for him, 2 for me), and then my mom and I would get to hoard all of the Butterfingers and Reese's to ourselves. Not a bad deal if you ask me! Unfortunately, by society's standards we are both too old to go trick-or-treating now...so I guess whenever the day comes that I end up having children of my own, I will have to teach them to be very good at sharing. :)
On a side note, it really amazes me how candy is crazy expensive now! (like just about everything else in life) So, when I happened to be perusing the aisles in the grocery store after work one day and saw that it was significantly marked down, I scooped up a few bags of everything in hopes of making something delicious. And these my friends, certainly are delicioso! I love using candy in baking and making new ways to enjoy old favorites, and a cookie that contains all of that sweet and salty, chocolately, peanut buttery goodness of a Butterfinger is a sure win in my eyes. These are so unbelievably soft and chewy, which is the perfect way for a cookie to be (just my opinion). And even better is that they really take no time to make! I happened to wake up just a little bit early for work, so I decided with that extra time I would whip up a batch of these bad boys to bring in with me. Let's just say no one had any complaints. I didn't even have any left to bring home! And everyone knows when that happens it means you have a good recipe on your hands. (....Well, there may have been a slightly different outcome if I happened to have brought them home while visiting my parents and brother. But that just means my mom and I could hoard them to ourselves for old time's sake. And that would be completely fine by me.) :)
Makes about 3 dozen cookies
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon iodized salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted, cooled
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- >1 cup chopped Butterfinger candy bars (I used 11 "fun size" candy bars)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In another bowl beat together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamy. Beat in vanilla. Beat in eggs 1 at a time.
- Slowly mix in dry ingredients until well combined.
- Fold in chopped Butterfingers.
- Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Cook 8-10 minutes or until edges start to brown and cookies are set.
- Allow to cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.