I recently found a recipe somewhere for Mars Bar Custard and so in preparation for making it, I picked up a package of Mars Bars at the grocery store. You can guess what happened next. I lost the recipe and still haven't found it. It's so annoying when that happens, and it happens to me a lot.
I try really hard not to have too many things like candy bars in the house, because they have a habit of getting into my mouth big time. I am a real chocolate bar fiend. I decided to use them up so they wouldn't be hanging around the cupboard tempting and torturing me. I decided to make cookies with them.
Now, I know what you are thinking . . . wouldn't cookies with Mars Bars in them be even more dangerous to have around and more fattening than the candy bars themselves?? And of course, they are! But, the good thing about cookies is this . . . people don't mind me bringing them over a dozen or so cookies. In fact they welcome them with open arms . . . whereas if I show up with a packet of Mars Bars, they are apt to question my sanity . . .
Cookies with Mars Bars in them however . . . a totally different story. These were snaffled up at the speed of light. No surprise there either as they are the perfect cookie . . . soft and chewy in the middle, a bit crisp on the edges and stogged full of lovely semi sweet chocolate chips and hunks of melted Mars Bars . . .
Be still my heart . . . soft, chewy, malty, sweet caramel, and semi and milk chocolate . . . all in that lovely chocolate chip cookie dough that is so good you want to eat it raw, but you are afraid to so you bake it just to save yourself from a fate worse than death. Whew! Now THAT'S a mouthful. A Big Soft Chewy Mars Bar and Chocolate Chip Cookie mouthful!
*Big Soft Chewy Mars and Chocolate Chip Cookies*
Makes about 30 cookies
Soft moreish chocolate chips cookies stogged full of chopped Mars bars and semi sweet chocolate. Each bite brings you a scummy little taste of each.
170g of butter, softened (3/4 cup)
150g of soft light brown sugar (3/4 cup packed)
50g of granulated sugar (1/4 cup)
1 large free range egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
280g of plain flour
2 tsp of corn flour (corn starch)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
pinch of salt
2 (51g) Mars Bars, chilled and then chopped small (1 heaped cup, loosely piled in)
180g of semi sweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F. gas mark 4. Line two baking sheets with baking paper. Set aside.
Cream the butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and salt. Sift together the flour, soda and corn flour. Stir this into the creamed mixture to combine. Stir in the
chopped Mars Bars and the chocolate chips. Scoop out and roll the dough into balls which are about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place two inches apart on the baking sheets.
Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, until nicely set and just turning golden brown at the edges. Let sit on the baking trays for five minutes before scooping off to a wire rack to finish cooking completely.
Store in an airtight container.
NOTE: You can keep the dough covered and chilled in the refrigerator for up to a week and just scoop out and bake what you want. You can also freeze it.
Also please note that Mars Bars here in the UK do not have any nuts in them. They are simply a layer of nougat, topped with caramel and then covered in milk chocolate. I understand that in American they do have almonds in them. Just make sure that the almonds are chopped up too.