Louisiana Bride: Everything but the Jack-O-Lantern Cookies

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Everything but the Jack-O-Lantern Cookies

As a teacher I tend to hoard candy.

Right now I have a snickers waiting for a rainy day in my top desk drawer.

Sometime the only thing you need in life is a comforting piece of chocolate to help you survive the day. In this particular instance I found my self with handfuls of chocolate in my bag from the Type-A Nola Bootcamp.

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On the way home the car that night I started hoarding the candy from Jeremy for a different reason, I wanted to make cookies out of random Halloween candy.

I let the man eat all the Halloween Cadbury Eggs, I wasn't sure how they would do in a cookie, but if you're brave enough go for it with your own cookies!

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When coming up with a name for these babies I definitely couldn't say "kitchen sink" like I wanted to, I had to find something else to call them. Pumpkin came to mind, we just called our Halloween baskets pumpkins. Then again, someone might think this was a pumpkin cookie. 

So I landed on Jack-O-Lantern. 

So go ahead and save a few handfuls of the good candy from your child's Jack-O-Lantern, and make some yummy cookies. 

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I really think this is also the perfect teacher cookie recipe, if I have candy laying around I tend to hide it. Cookies though, I put desserts in little baggies and take them to work to share with teachers on my hall.

It's the only way I can convince myself to get rid of sugar.

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Everything but the Jack-O-Lantern Cookies

makes 12 cookies
Ingredients::
1/2 stick of butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour (I used whole wheat)
1 1/2 tbsp instant vanilla pudding mix
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 good handfulls of Halloween candy
   I used - Halloween orange Kit-Kat, Reeses, Milk Chocolate Bars, Reese's, and Hershey's Cookies                     and Cream bar. Use whatever candy you get! 

Instructions::
Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (I used my pizza stone and lined it). In a bowl cream your sugar and butter. Add in your egg & vanilla, mix to combine. Add in the flour, pudding mix, baking powder, and salt, stir to combine. Rough chop your unwrapped candy and toss it into the mixture, stiring until evenly distributed. With two tablespoons scoop out dough and place onto the parchment paper a good inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

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What is your favorite Halloween candy? 
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