Saturday, November 02, 2013

Post- Halloween Party Sugar Coma

I often make the mistake of using candy as decor for parties. Cute jars full of candy are a popular thing, they tie in your theme, make your party colors pop, blabbity blah blah. The problem is that no one eats it. Most of the time the display looks too pretty to eat, or there are too many other delicious treats from which to choose. So guess who ends up with 6 jars full of candy to eat? Toss the leftover Halloween candy from trick or treating into the mix and it's a recipe for disaster. An 8,000 calorie Twix and Snickers for breakfast every day kind of disaster.

My new plan is to skip the cute jars of candy. Instead, I'm going to just bake the candy into cookies the size of Tony Robbins' hand and serve them on a cute plate.See this mason jar? It was full the day of the party. And it was full the day after the party, which means every time I walk by it I have to fight the urge to grab and eat a fist full.

That afternoon I baked 2 cups of it into these candy cookies and then gave most of them away. I couldn't give them all away. That would be wrong. So in the end I don't know if it was worse to bake the cookies, or to just eat the entire jar of candy. Oh well.

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookies 
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar 
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla extract 
2 cups Reese's Pieces and M&Ms (or any other candy you have!)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy and pale. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until just combined. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt and add to the mixer at low speed. Scrape the bowl and mix until just combined. Fold in candy. Drop dough by rounded spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool for five minutes on the sheet before transferring to wire racks.

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