Peanut Butter Heath Bar Cookies

My wonderful boyfriend has this really charming habit of turning to me at 10pm, giving me one of those looks, and telling me he could really go for some cookies (or cupcakes or brownies or blueberry muffins…), and I am always such a sucker for it.  I guess he’s pretty lucky that I love any excuse to bake!

I apologize for doing two cookie posts in a row, I know how disappointed you must be (I wish I could insert the sly side-eyeing emoji here, but I digress) — my other option was to show you how said boyfriend brought home fresh tuna that he caught fishing earlier this week, and how I pretended to know what to do with it (it actually turned out great, but do you really want to see step by step photos of me cutting up fresh tuna?) And so we turn to Peanut Butter Heath Bar Cookies

You will need:

1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup additional to roll cookies

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 stick butter, at room temperature

1 egg

1 cup peanut butter (I use creamy, but crunchy will work fine as well)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 package Heath milk chocolate toffee bits

That’s right, gone are the days of smashing your own heath bars into bits for baking– they now come pre-packaged this way!

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As you would expect, combine all ingredients and roll dough into 1/2 inch balls, and pre-heat your oven to 350.  Perhaps you will start to see a trend here – with your 1/4 cup of sugar, roll the dough balls.  This just gives your cookies an extra little kick of sweetness 🙂 Typically with peanut butter cookies, I will use a fork to do the traditionally cross-hatching pattern on top of the cookies, but with the bits of heath bar, it really wont show well in these.

Place on cookie sheet, with enough room for spreading while baking, and bake for 8-10 minutes (for a soft, doughy cookie) or 12-15 minutes (for a cookie with a more crisp outside).  Let cool, and move to a cooling rack.

These cookies are a perfect mix of salty (from the peanut butter) and sweet, and are a great variation of the classic peanut butter cookie.  Enjoy!

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