Mini Surprise Cookies

Last year, I made a variation of a Snickers Surprise recipe for a church gathering. I was rewarded with oohs and ahhs, and a smattering of questioning on my methods. They're basically miniature candy bars (the "fun" size) rolled into cookie dough and baked. It makes the candy a bit softer, and is a simple way to add a boost to plain old cookie dough. I especially like to use mint chocolate Hershey minis. Yum!

Mini Surprise Cookies

16 Tbsp (2 sticks) softened butter or margarine
1 c creamy peanut butter -- There's a time and a place for chunky peanut butter, and this is neither the time nor the place!
1 c light brown sugar
1 c granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 pkg mini candy bars:
Snickers/Milky Way "larger" size, or Milk Chocolate Hershey "smaller" size work fine. Cut Twix in half and lay halves side-by-side.

In an electric mixer, combine butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on low until fluffy. Slowly add eggs and vanilla until combined. Slowly add flour, salt, and baking soda. Cover and chill dough for 2-3 hours.

Unwrap minis. Remove dough.

Scoop out one Tablespoon-size ball, adding slightly more for larger minis. (Is that like "jumbo shrimp?") Flatten ball, then form around mini making sure that a good seal is achieved. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. Cool on rack or waxed paper. Makes about 4 dozen.


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