Heath Bar and Walnut Cookie Deliciousness

I was having trouble coming up with a gift idea for my coworker. She doesn’t like “things” so I decided to bake her cookies as a fun homemade gift. I didn’t want to do the generic chocolate chip cookie, so I scored the internet for a recipe with a little something extra. I found this recipe from Simple Recipes for heath bar cookies and knew I had to try it. Heath bars are my absolute favorite candy bars in the world, so putting them in a cookie makes perfect sense.

Since this recipe makes about a million cookies, I went ahead and halfed the recipe. I still ended up with 3 dozen!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (I totally forgot this but wish I hadn’t)
  • 4 heath bars, chopped into pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (I added more)

The biggest challenge with chopping up heath bar pieces is resisting eating them.

I followed the advice of some of the commenters and substituted some of the white sugar with brown sugar for a more moist cookie.

Flour, baking powder and salt go in one bowl, mix and set to the side.

Beat the butter until smooth, then beat in sugar. Beat in the room temperature eggs and vanilla until fluffy.

Add the flour, baking powder and salt gradually, alternating with the heath bar and walnut pieces until completely combined.

Of course I had to taste test the dough. This is a key element of baking. Also note the white wine in the background. Also a key part of baking. šŸ˜‰

Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes to an hour. After the dough has cooled, roll large marble sized pieces of the dough onto greased cookie sheets, 3 inches apart. I forgot to grease my sheets and they still came up fine, but pam would have really helped the matter.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 11 minutes or until edges are brown. Allow to cool on the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

They turned out so tasty. I love that they are bite sized and make me feel a little less guilty about eating four of them for dessert. I said a little less guilty. šŸ˜‰

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