In the kitchen, it can be all too easy to stick to what you know and love. This is especially true when it comes to baking, where an experiment gone wrong can land you with a batch of rock-hard gingersnaps, bitter brownies, or cake so gooey you would need a spoon to eat it.
On the other hand, playing it safe means your results are reliable, but never a delightful surprise. Some of the most delicious foods out there came from bakers and chefs who tried something new, often by mixing things that they love. So we decided to experiment by putting two of our favorite things together: cookies and candy.
Between those two types of treats, there’s a seemingly endless list of possible combinations, and not all of them are going to be a match made in heaven. We tested a variety of cookie/candy combinations to take the pressure off busy home cooks who might not have time to bake and eat several batches of treats. (You’re welcome!) These are a few of our favorites.
Reese’s Pieces + Double-Chocolate Cookie
Why it works
Chocolate and peanut butter are always a winning combination when it comes to taste, but these cookies have a beautiful feel as well. The crunch of the candy shell followed by the buttery smoothness of the Reese’s Pieces adds a nice creamy texture to a type of cookie that can often taste a little dry. The option of boosting the peanut butter flavor with extra Reese’s Pieces or adding more chocolate in the form of chocolate chips also lets you customize this cookie to get the taste you like best.
Based on the Hershey’s recipe for Chewy Chocolate Cookies: https://www.hersheys.com/recipes/en_US/recipes/5366/reeses-chewy-chocolate-cookies-with-peanut-butter-chips.html
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt (or just a pinch if you’re using salted butter instead of unsalted)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/4 cups (2-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine , softened
1-2 cups of Reese’s Pieces
1-2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional — change the amount of Reese’s Pieces accordingly, so you have about two cups total)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Then mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl — flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt — and set it aside.
Combine the butter and sugar together in large bowl until fluffy. This works best with either a stand mixer or a handheld one. Then add the eggs and vanilla, and mix well. Gradually add the dry ingredients mixture, beating well as you go, but stop stirring when the ingredients are all combined, so you don’t overbeat the flour. Stir in the Reese’s Pieces and the chocolate chips, if you’re using them.
Spoon out small rounds of cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Each one should be about two teaspoons’ worth of dough.
Bake for eight to nine minutes, or until the cookies look set but are a little soft in the middle. Be sure to let them cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before moving them to a rack. This recipe makes about four dozen cookies.