I love Payday candy bars. I don’t get them often because, to be honest, chocolate usually wins out but once in awhile I just can’t resist a Payday. Peanuts..caramels…salty and sweet. Yum.
Back in the day, when you traveled you pulled up to gas stations and the attendants put gas in your car. There was no reason to get out unless you needed sustenance, to use the potty, or both. Almost every gas station had a small glass case that had a couple of candy bars in it and a coke machine outside the door. If I was lucky my mom would give me 15 cents so that I could buy a candy bar.
I would stand there trying to decide between Payday and Milky Way, agonizing about which to get. Funny thing is? I still have a tough time choosing.
The other day I wanted to make cookies and I kept thinking about Payday bars. The great thing about them is the sweet and salty combination of peanuts and caramel. Could I do that in a cookie?
I used Kraft caramel bits, milk chocolate chips, and salted peanuts in a light, chewy, peanut butter cookie to get the flavor I was looking for. It was a hit..I was lucky to get three cookies out of the four dozen that I baked. Best of all? I put milk chocolate in there in memory of that agonizing choice. This way I get it all.
Recipe: Almost Pay Day Cookies
Summary: peanut butter cookies with chunks of caramel, salted peanuts, and milk chocolate chips
- 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbs vanilla
- 2 c caramel bits
- 2 c cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 c chopped roasted, salted peanuts
1. Preheat the oven to 375F
2. Cover a cookie sheet with silpat or parchment
3. Mix butter and peanut butter until well blended
4. Add sugar slowly and beat until the dough is smooth and crystals are gone
5. Add the eggs, one at a time
6. Add vanilla and beat
7. Combine dry ingredients and stir in
8. Fold in the caramel, chocolate chips and nuts
9. Chill the dough for about 20 minutes
10. Drop by rounded tablespoon measure on a baking sheet
11. Bake for 8-10 minutes, remove from oven when slightly underdone and let cool for chewy cookies.
Cooking time (duration): 20
Yield: 4 dozen
Meal type: dessert
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
serving size 1 cookie