Listen friends. I have a solution to a problem you didn’t know you had.
What to do with all that Halloween candy! (other than eat it that is.)

Chop it up and stuff in into black and white buttery cookies.

Mic drop. My work here is done.

Monster Cookies

I took my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and added a cocoa half to this treat, plus plenty of Halloween candy and salty pretzels. It is a MONSTER of a cookie.

 

5 from 2 votes
Monster Cookies
Work Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 
These addictive cookies are filled with bits of assorted candy bars (plus pretzels to add a salty crunch).
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup 1½ sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 2 cups chopped candy bars M&M's, Whoppers and other chocolate candy
  • ½ cup broken pretzel pieces
Instructions
  1. 1. Heat oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl cream together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Stir in the salt, baking soda and flour until dough forms. Remove and reserve half of the dough. Blend cocoa with dough remaining in mixing bowl.
  2. 2. Gently fold ¾ cup of the candy into the vanilla dough and ¾ cup into the chocolate dough. Use a cookie scoop to make balls of each dough. Cut balls in half; combine a vanilla half and a chocolate half to form each cookie. Press cookies down slightly on baking sheets and top with remaining ½ cup candy and pretzel pieces. Bake until light golden around the edges and still soft in the center, 12 to 13 min. Cool on baking sheet for 2 min, then remove to cool completely. Makes 16 cookies.

Recipes by Tara Bench
Original published in Ladies’ Home Journal, Oct 2013
Photography William Brinson
Prop Styling Michelle Wong
Food Styling Christine Albano

Recipes by Tara Bench
Original published in Ladies’ Home Journal, Oct 2013
Photography William Brinson
Prop Styling Michelle Wong
Food Styling Christine Albano

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