When I told my mom I was making these cookies, she most likely felt a twinge of jealous-happiness. Happy that I was making these but jealous that should could not gobble them up with me.
If you’ve ever had a Take 5 candy bar before, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. The candy bar itself has a combination of peanuts, caramel, pretzels, peanut butter, and milk chocolate. The sweet and salty combination is to die for. I have a hard time controlling myself when it comes to this candy bar, so I limit that impulse by not buying the candy at all.
All that limiting impulse stuff goes out the window when your grandma sends you a big bag of Take 5 candy after visiting Hershey’s Chocolate World. Can you be tortured by your favorite candy? I’d say so.
So the battle began. At first, I just let the bright red bag of candy sit on my counter unopened. Then I decided to snip off a corner and just eat
one a few. After a few days of this cycle, I knew I’d have to be more productive about this.
So what should I do with all that peanut buttery, pretzely, chocolately goodness? Make cookies out of it, of course!
Turns out, candy in cookies is all the rage these days. I started with a simple, chocolate chip cookie base, to which I added a few dollops of peanut butter for good measure.
Then, of course, I chopped up the Take 5 candy bars and added that deliciousness in.
Hope you enjoy this creation as much as I did!
Take 5 Cookies
Makes about 24 cookies
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups Take 5 candy bars, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, mix well.
Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture, and stir by hand just until combined. Do not over mix. Add the chopped candy and distribute evenly throughout the batter.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto the cookie sheet and bake 8-9 minutes until done.
Adapted from Cookies and Cups