Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Double Chocolate Easter Candy Cookies

So, I was informed last week that I will indeed be celebrating Easter this year.

My Mom called and innocently asked if I had Good Friday off. I started laughing and replied with "Do you know where I work?" Followed by, "Why are you asking me this - since when do we celebrate Easter?"

Apparently she's hosting an Easter dinner Sunday evening. And my attendance is mandatory. There will be a traditional family Bunny Cake for dessert, which I've been informed I will be decorating due to my Mom's past history of cake decorating offenses. Oh Lord (pun intended)...I will try to snap some pictures.

We use to celebrate Easter when I was just a wee kid. And what do I remember? Candy, friends. Lots and lots of candy. Oh, and an annual Easter Egg hunt which involved me, dressed up in a frilly floral dress with a matching hair-bow (thanks Mom), running around our neighborhood searching for eggs, hoping there would be Hersheys chocolate inside. Yes, my addiction to sugar started young.

At said Easter Egg hunts back in the day, there was also a really creepy large Easter Bunny. Not to be morbid, but I prefer to eat my rabbit. If you know what I mean.

So, in an attempt to get into the Easter spirit, last weekend I whipped up some cookies using some of my favorite candy.

Double Chocolate Easter Candy Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package of chocolate instant-pudding (about 6oz)
1 cup M&Ms
2 Snickers bars, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a few cookie sheets with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2) In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla. You can use a hand-mixer, Kitchen-Aid, or do it by hand. If you're mixing by hand, you'll likely need to soften the butter almost to having it melted (and freeze the dough for a bit before baking).

3) Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate instant-pudding to the creamed mixture. Mix thoroughly until a dough forms.

4) Mix in, gently, the M&Ms and Snickers pieces. Once the dough is mixed evenly, scoop it out and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Place the dough in the freezer for 15-30 minutes, until it becomes a bit more firm.

5) Scoop the semi-hardened dough out and roll into 1 1/2-inch balls; place on the cookie sheet. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. All ovens are different, so check on your cookies around 8 minutes and switch racks, if necessary. Cookies will continue to bake upon being removed from the oven too, which is why I always take them out a little before I think they're really done.

Happy Easter, folks!


  1. Sounds like it'll be an interesting weekend for you! Happy Easter! Enjoy those insanely delicious cookies. :)