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Peanut Butter Cup Heath Bar Brown Butter Cookies

Here’s the deal: these cookies are out of control. I mean really, peanut butter cups AND heath bar AND brown butter? Outrageous. A few weeks ago, my coworker brought in a leftover bag of heath bars, and I told her I’d make her something delicious if she let me have them. A week later, I presented her with these.

I also brought half the batch to Maine when I visited a childhood friend there, and the whole family loved them — even the 2 1/2 year old! These were a hit all around, and they disappeared at alarming speed.

This is a super straightforward recipe, and I’ll tell you a little secret: despite hoping to follow the assembly and baking instructions I’ve included below (the “proper” way to make this recipe), I actually made these cookies in one bowl with a metal spoon as my only mixing tool. My boyfriend has a lot of wonderful qualities, but a baking-ready kitchen is not one of them, and when I decided to make these while at his house, I feared my results would be a lot less satisfactory.

Peanut Butter Cup Heath Bar Brown Butter Cookies - Sweetly Serendipity

I’m happy to report that even with the most primitive of tools (kidding… sort of), these cookies came together fast and easy, and they tasted amazing. The dough is supposed to chill for at least a few hours or overnight, but I wanted dessert so badly that I made a couple cookies with dough that had only chilled for about 30 minutes, and even those cookies were pretty phenomenal.

Peanut Butter Cup Heath Bar Brown Butter Cookies - Sweetly Serendipity

These cookies have a great texture — a touch crispy on the outside, dense and chewy on the inside, and they’re absolutely loaded with chunks of peanut butter cup and heath bar. If you prefer your cookies to be more dough than chunks, these guys might not be for you (and we probably can’t be friends).

Peanut Butter Cup Heath Bar Brown Butter Cookies - Sweetly Serendipity

In all honesty, these cookies should really be on everyone’s must-bake list, and if you must have less chunks, then be my guest, but please give these a try! You’ll be so glad you did.

Peanut Butter Cup Heath Bar Brown Butter Cookies - Sweetly Serendipity

Peanut Butter Cup Heath Bar Brown Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 extra large egg at room temperature (large is okay too)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces (~1 cup) Heath bars, roughly chopped
  • 4 1/2 ounces (~3/4 cup) peanut butter cups, roughly chopped
  • Flaky sea salt for sprinkling, optional

Directions

  1. In a small heavy-bottom saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the butterBrown the butter: Heat butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring or swirling constantly, until the butter turns light brown and brown specs start to gather on the bottom of the pan. It will have a rich, deep, caramelized-butter smell to it (that is dreamy and wonderful). Set aside to cool to about room temperature.
  2. Once the butter has cooled, place in a large bowl with both sugars, and beat on medium-high speed until well combined. Add the egg and vanilla, and continue to mix until well incorporated.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, add the flours, baking soda, and salt, and whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until the dry ingredients are incorporated. Don't over-mix!
  4. Fold in the chopped candy, then cover and chill the dough in a refrigerator for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight. This will keep the cookies from spreading while baking.
  5. When ready to bake, pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper, and portion scoops of cookie dough, about 3 tablespoons per cookie. Place evenly spaced (about 2 inches in between) on your prepared baking sheet, and bake in your preheated oven for 15-17 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on their baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then move to a wire cooling rack and let the cookies cool completely.
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