A Tasty Treat: Crunchy and Delicious

Talk about a cookie recipe that yields an incredible amount of edible deliciousness with only a few extra ingredients. Over 2 1/2 dozen, perfect for guests or just a long lasting snack! Also, the sugary coating on the outside keeps them from getting stale or hard when left out with no plastic or covering. It was a stormy Sunday, and as I was flipping through my Bon Appetite Magazine past all the slightly excessive and complicated recipes when I came across this cookie recipe that seemed doable with my limited materials. Miraculously, it only required one relatively rare kitchen accessory that I happened to have on hand: parchment paper. Having also received a blender for my birthday one year, I had all the tools necessary to complete this yummy crusade into chunky chocolate peanut butter territory. BEWARE: these cookies contain nuts, so all those allergic stay away. Also, each cookie is small but mighty, packing a whopping 131 Calories each and 7g of fat. Yes, this is a splurge for sure, but in the best way possible, especially for fans of chunky peanut butter like me.

Prepare: One stick of butter at room temperature, two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, and one oven set to 375 degrees.

Mix: 1.5 cups of flour, 1/2 tsp of baking powder, and 1/2 tsp of salt in a bowl.

Blend (with mixer): 2/3 cup chunky peanut butter, 1 stick softened butter, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1/3 cup golden brown sugar (packed).  Beat in 1 egg.

Mix: Pour Flour mixture in, mix until a crumbly dough forms. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet) and one or more chopped Butterfinger Candy bar (2.1oz, max two).

Roll: Shape dough into small 1 1/2 -2  inch round balls by hand, roll in sugar to coat outside, put on cookie sheet and smoosh to form a fat disc. Repeat.

Bake: 16 minutes, or until edges are golden, allow to cool.

Eat.

While this seems like a bit of work (especially the rolling each ball in sugar thing), it is the perfect treat on a Sunday afternoon, especially one in which leaving the house is made impossible by a submerged sidewalk and torrential rain. If ever you find yourself with chocolate chips, a butterfinger, and peanut butter, well- you know what to do. Yay for Bon Appetit!

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