Friday, May 23, 2014

Almond Joy cookies

   Two recipes in one week? Bonus! This time I took the Perfect Cookie Base recipe from Cookies and Cups and mixed in my favorite candy, Almond Joy. Almost any chocolate should work for this recipe, but if the candy you are using is bigger than the average chocolate chunk, it should be cut up or crumbled before being folded into the batter. Anyways, these cookies turned out really amazingly, and my family just couldn't stop eating them!



   They are soft cookies, and are very similar to my Chocolate Chip Cookies, with the almond joy acting as chocolate chips! They are so soft in fact that, if you try to take them off the pan too early, they will fall apart. But more cookies for you then! And, of course, they are best warm but even better the day after.




   Whisk(or mix) the dry ingredients together, as called for in the recipe. And although it is hard to distinguish all those white ingredients from each other, try to make sure they are evenly distributed. Nobody wants to have that one cookie with a bite of salt or baking soda, ewwie.




   Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. This will not happen right away, it has to look clumpy and grainy before it will look smooth. I have a hard time with his part because I just love butter and sugar together(and I know I'm weird for saying that, but oh well!)




   Gradually mix in the flour mixture, and it will start to come together and look like real cookie dough. Fold in your candies, crushed or not, with a big spoon. I used almost that entire bag there in the cookie dough, I wanted a lot of pieces and absolutely love the candies!




   Using a portion scoop or a heaping Tablespoon, drop the dough onto a greased baking sheet. Make sure to give them a bit of room, they do expand quite a bit during baking. And when baking, make sure not to overtake them, otherwise they will be crunchy and crumbly the next day. Store in an airtight container, if they don't all get eaten in one sitting!





Recipe:

Makes approximately 24 cookies

Ingredients:

2 c Flour
1 Tbsp Cornstarch
1 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 tsp Salt
3/4 c Butter, room temperature
3/4 c Brown  Sugar
1/2 c Sugar
1 Egg
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1 1/2 c Almond Joy Candy Pieces

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment paper.
2. Whisk together, flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and both sugars until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well incorporated.
4. Gradually mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture, stirring until incorporated and dough starts to come together. Fold in the candy pieces.
5. Drop dough onto sheet with a portion scoop or a heaping Tablespoon. Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned. Do not overcook.
6. leave them to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes, if you pull them off early they will fall apart. then, transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.





Try this recipe? Tell me how it went below in the comments!
-Sophia