Thursday, April 2, 2015

Chocolate Chip Heath Bar Cookies - The Leftovers Club

Hello!  Guess what!?  It's kinda spring.  And by kinda spring, I mean that it isn't 18 degrees anymore and you can walk without shoveling a path first.  Thank God.  Milty and I are super excited.

In other news, I have re-joined the ranks of The Leftovers Club this month, because I love to get treats in the mail and make new friends.  This time, I got paired with Faye from Live...Bake...Love.  I haven't gotten my treats yet, but based on everything else she posts, I think I'm in for a pleasant surprise.  

For her, I made these chocolate chip heath bar cookies.  A few months ago, in a fit of snowstorm related boredom, I went through my fridge and cabinets and made a list of all the random, half full jars/bags/boxes of stuff I had, so that I can figure out how to use it.  I'm trying to be more conscious of my food waste, so figuring out what all I have seems like a good start.  One of the things I found was a bag of heath bar pieces.  I am assuming that I got them for some kind of baking project that never quite materialized, but I seriously can't remember.  I do remember really liking them as a kid (always got that as my topping at TCBY...), so I put them in a cookie.  Then I added chocolate chips, because why the hell not.  

Chocolate Chip Heath Bar Cookies:
2 Sticks of Butter
1 Cup White Sugar 
1 Cup Brown Sugar 
1 Teaspoon Vanilla 
1 Teaspoon Salt (I used a little less salt because I was using salted butter.) 
3 Eggs 
3 Cups of Flour 
2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 1/3 Cups Heath Bar Pieces (One bag) 
Chocolate Chips (I didn't measure this, I just dumped them in there.  I think it was maybe 1/2 - 3/4 of a cup)

Pre-heat the oven to 350.  Mix together butter, sugars, salt, and vanilla until smooth.  Add the eggs and mix well.  Then, add the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.  Mix in the heath pieces and the chocolate chips.  Form into 1ish inch balls and bake for 8-10 minutes.  

This is a pretty dry and crumbly cookie dough, so my cookie scoops didn't work that well, I think it's better to use your hands so you can mash it up a little better.  The first batch kind of fell apart (I gave them to my classmates who assured me they still tasted fine), so for these I cooked them the full 10 minutes and spent a little more time smooshing the dough together before baking.  They turned out really well though, highly recommended!  

And now, for the best part of the Leftovers Club, check out what my friends made: