Beleve it or not, I found this recipe a couple weeks ago while cleaning out under one of my kitchen drawers. It was on a 3x5 card and it wasn’t in my handwriting, so I am assuming it came from a previous and unknown occupant of our house. I tried it out and they are VERY good!
Santa Surprise Cookies
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter ( I use Adams)
I cup brown sugar
1 cup regular sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 bag Snickers Miniatures (not Fun Size. If you can’t find Minis, take a Fun Size, cut it in half, and use 1/2 per cookie.)
Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
Mix the butter, sugars, and peanut butter on medium until they are light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, then the eggs one at a time until completely blended. Gradually add the flour mixture until completely mixed. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Preheat oven to 325.
Unwrap the candy bars (duh.). Take about a tablespoon of the chilled dough and flatten it out to about 1/8 inch. Place a candy bar in the center and gently fold the dough around the bar. Once it’s sealed inside, place it on a cookie sheet. (I coat mine with cooking spray. You can do that or use parchment paper.) I put no mare than 12 at a time on the pan. Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes. When they’re done, let sit for about 3-4 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
The recipe also called for a chocolate drizzle over the top (done by melting a bunch of Dove chocolates in a double boiler), but I skipped that and they were fantastic anyway.
I am going to try this recipe.. thanks, Hoagy62! I wanted one or two more “new” Christmas cookie ideas and you filled the bill. One question... you wrote to fold the dough around the mini. Does the cookie look more round or somewhat square before placing it in the oven?