What’s better than peanut butter cookies? Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cookies! Adding chopped candy bars to your cookie dough instantly adds more great nutty crunch to these homemade treats.
Last week, on an impulse, I bought a couple bags of fun size Butterfinger candy bars. I also bought Oreos, Reese’s PB cups, and some other sugary indulgences.
I had no plans for these candy bars, except to maybe sneak one every now and then. But while mixing up some dough for peanut butter cookies, the bag of Butterfingers caught my eye.
Chocolate and peanut butter together are never a bad idea, as these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars are one of the best desserts ever.
So, the rest of the candy bars got chopped up and folded into the cookie dough. No one was sad about this fate.
These Peanut Butter Butterfinger Cookies (or Peanut Butterfinger Cookies, if you prefer) turned out so much better than I ever would have expected!
With a chewy texture punctuated by the crunch of the candy bars, these cookies are a Butterfinger lover’s wildest dreams–and so easy to make, too.
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Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
I started with a fairly straightforward cookie recipe.
Part butter, part shortening beaten with eggs, brown sugar, vanilla extract, milk and flour. A generous helping of creamy peanut butter mixed in gives the cookies a rich peanut taste and makes them even chewier.
Before dropping the dough by the spoonful onto a baking sheet, fold in your chopped up butterfinger candy bars!
After 10 minutes in the oven (while your kitchen fills with the tantalizing aroma of peanut butter and chocolate), Butterfinger Cookies are ready to cool and enjoy with a big glass of milk!
I also may or may not have had one of the last remaining cookies for breakfast this morning with my coffee.
They have peanut butter in them which is protein which means they’re good for you, right?
(C’mon, let me have this one.)
Criss Cross Cookies
Most peanut butter cookies have this pattern on top, to help the cookies stay level since they tend to not spread and flatten as much. These don’t need it.
However, most people recognize peanut butter cookies by the criss cross on top.
To make the criss cross pattern: Lightly press the back side of a fork into the top of each cookie before baking. Rotate the fork 90 degrees and repeat to make the lines cross.
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Can you freeze these?
Butterfinger cookies can be frozen, however the candy inside does get a little chewy instead of crunchy.
To freeze, let them cool completely first, then freeze with layers of wax paper between them so they don’t stick together.
Peanut butterfinger cookies will keep well in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature and enjoy!
If stored at room temperature in an airtight container, the cookies keep well for about a week. . . but in my house they tend to disappear much more quickly than that.
Especially if you’re like us and go nuts for peanut butter desserts.
I used a package of fun sized butterfinger bars for this recipe. You could also grab a few full sized candy bars to chop up instead (less unwrapping!).
Don’t have any butterfinger candy bars but still want to make some delicious peanut butter cookies. Feel free to leave them out or try some of these substitutes (or mix and match!):
- Peanut butter chips
- Chopped peanuts
- Chopped milk chocolate bars
- Chocolate chips
- Chopped peanut butter Oreos
- Chopped snickers bars
- Reese’s pieces
- Peanut Butter M&Ms
It’s worth it to run out for some butterfinger bars to make this cookie recipe. I promise. You can’t beat that crunchy buttery goodness in each bite!
Candy Bar Cookies
Folding chopped up candy bars into cookie dough is the easiest way to take an ordinary cookie recipe and make it extra special! I’ve got this recipe in mind for next time I need to make something quick, tasty and easy to take to a bake sale or pack in a lunch box.
I can’t wait for you to try these deliciously chewy Peanut Butterfingers Cookies! Don’t forget the milk!
More Cookie Recipes
- Butter Cookies
- DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Mud Hen Bars
- Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
- Shortbread Cookies
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