Insane Brownie Cookies topped with Nougat, Caramel and Chocolate Layers inspired by Snickers Candy Bars!
It’s gonna be a good Friday. Get ready to get your cookie on! I have so many things to say – I don’t even know where to begin. For the first time ever, I might even be speechless because I’m so overwhelmed with what’s going on here. My cookie dreams are coming true right in front of my face – quite literally.
But I will try my best to summarize what’s happening here. First, let me take another bite…
Alright, I’m ready to give you the lowdown on my current situation.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to start training for a half marathon. Which basically means I had to mentally prepare myself to actually start running (which took about 3 weeks) and finally gave it a go at the beginning of the week. Since nutrition is supposed to be somewhat important when working out one’s body, I decided to eat as clean as possible at least 6 days of the week, leaving one day to thoroughly enjoy the treats I make on da blog. Well, a couple days in and I started to dream about some crazy concoctions. Which is exactly where these cookies come into play.
More often than not, recipes never turn out EXACTLY the way I envision them. So imagine my surprise when these delivered in all possible ways. I mean, they look 100% the way I hoped they would and outdid themselves when it comes to taste. And yes, I cheated just to chow down on a cookie midweek and I’m not at all regretting it. I’m yoloing my way through workouts and food indulgences – WINNING.
Since these cookies involve several layers, I decided to take a shortcut on the actual cookie part. Using a boxed brownie mix, which I doctored up just a tad bit to make some seriously yummy cookies.
The Nougat layer is up next. I decided to press peanuts into said layer to add crunch and just the right amount of saltiness. And if that weren’t enough, I melted caramels and chocolate to top it all off. But, wait. There’s more.
Cut up pieces of Snickers are the actual grand finale – beautifully sprinkled on top. Try to keep yourself from eating the entire candy bar. You can do it – there may or may not be leftovers ;).
Oh, and let’s quickly talk about the name. Yes, I could have gone with Snickers Cookies, but I think Cookies à la Snickers rolls much better off the tongue. Plus, it makes me smile every time I say it. Giving a fancy name to a treat that will make you feel anything but. Get your stretchy pants on now.
I wonder if I’ll ever love a cookie/candy combo more than this one. Thick, utterly chewy, and totally loaded.
- 1 box brownie mix, plus ingredients on the box
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons evaporated milk
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons marshmallow fluff
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
- 7 ounces (1/2 package) caramels, about 22-25
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/2 cup milk or dark chocolate
- 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening
- 1 Snickers bar, cut into small pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- 1. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Mix in an additional 3 tablespoons of flour to make sure the cookies don't spread too much. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are set. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
- 2. Once cookies have cooled, prepare the nougat layer. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter, sugar and evaporated milk. Bring mixture to a slight boil, reduce heat to low and continue to cook until sugar is melted and no longer granular while stirring frequently. This should take about 5 minutes. Remove mixture from the stove and stir in peanut butter, marshmallow fluff and vanilla until fully incorporated. Let mixture cool for 1-2 minutes and then spread enough nougat (amount differs depending on the size of each cookie) to cover the cookies completely. Press 5-6 peanuts per cookie into the nougat layer.
- 3. Melt caramels and water in a small saucepan or with the help of your microwave in a heatproof bowl in 30 second intervals. Being very careful not to burn the caramel - stir frequently!Using a spoon, drizzle enough caramel to cover the nougat layer of each cookie (again the amount varies depending on cookie size).
- 4. Finally, melt chocolate and shortening in a heatproof bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals until fully melted or with the help of a double boiler. Using another spoon, drizzle desired amount of chocolate over the caramel and sprinkle with Snickers pieces. Let cookies sit for 30 minutes or until set on the counter or place finished cookies in the fridge for 15 minutes to speed up the setting period. Enjoy!
- Cookies will keep up to 5 days stored in an airtight container or up to 4 weeks stored in the freezer.