Chocolate Cookies inspired by my most loved candy bar – Take 5.
Things are getting real. Thanksgiving is almost here and I’m preparing by munching on some fabulous cookies. Because no matter how busy things get, there’s always time to take a cookie break. And no holiday would be complete without them.
Right now I am just trying to soak in the excitement before the big day. Since the “eves” of holidays are one of my favorite parts of any special occasion, I already woke up giddy this morning.
One more night and I’ll be able to eat all the stuffing I possibly can. That’s right I am all about that stuffing. What about you? What are you looking forward to the most?
But in the meantime, I’m keeping myself occupied with these cookies. Because if we’re really being honest, nothing beats an amazing cookie. Especially stuffed with caramel, chocolate chunks, pretzel pieces and peanut butter chips.
You know you want one.
I actually can’t believe that it took me this long to make a cookie featuring all the wonderful things a Take 5 candy bar has to offer. I mean it’s perfect and practically has my name written all over it. When the idea for these jumped into my head, I couldn’t wait to hold a cookie or two in my hands. I had a feeling that they would become my new obsession. And I was right.
Of course I had to go with a chocolate cookie for this recipe. Nothing beats the extreme fudginess when you take a big bite out of one of these. Melty chocolate, gooey caramel, crunchy pretzels and creamy peanut butter. The last sentence pretty much sums up the reason why I adore Take 5 bars and now these cookies so much. So much so that I had to tell you twice about all the add-ins ;).
And while we’re on the topic of my favorite things… can I just say that you, yes you, certainly thrill me every day?! I don’t care how cheesy it is to say that I am beyond grateful for all of my readers the day before Thanksgiving. It’s the truth and I would thank each and every one of you daily if I could. I never cease to be amazed at the support and love I get from all of you daily. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Since I can’t do it for you, I’d suggest you bake yourself a batch of cookies. Because you totally deserve it!
Alright, friends. I wish you all a healthy, happy, and blessed Thanksgiving. Enjoy the food and most importantly enjoy the company!
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg, plus 1 egg yolk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup chocolate chunks
- 1/4 cup caramel bits
- 1/4 cup peanut butter baking chips
- 1/2 cup pretzels, broken into pieces
- 1. Cream together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Add the egg and egg yolk. Mix in vanilla extract and beat until incorporated. Next, add vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Once incorporated, add cornstarch and combine.
- 2. Next, mix flour and cocoa powder until fully incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, add chocolate chunks, caramel bits, peanut butter baking chips, and pretzel pieces.
- 3. Using a large cookie scoop (about 3 tablespoons), scoop out dough and place dough balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cover with clear wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours.
- 4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove baking sheet from the fridge and take off clear wrap. Once the oven has reached the desired temperature, place cookies in the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are set. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes or until cookies are firm enough to transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Pour yourself a tall glass of milk and enjoy!
- Cookies will keep up to 1 week stored in an airtight container or up to 4 weeks in the freezer.