When I came home with my kids from trick-or-treating it didn’t take long before my living room was covered in Halloween candy as my kids began their trading. They organized candy by chocolate, gum, mint, fruity stuff, gummy stuff (that’s going to get in braces), and even a pile of what we call ‘old lady candy’. I’ve always got cooking and baking on my mind so I was seeing ingredients, not candy spread all over the floor.
We had an abundance of bite size Butterfinger candy bars this year, and I have to admit that it’s one of my favorite candy bars. If you’ve never had one before it’s a chocolate candy bar with a center that’s crisp and flaky and tastes like peanut butter. So on Halloween night I suggested we make a dessert with all the Butterfingers we got and both of my girls were okay with donating the candy.
Two days later my kids and I got to work making Butterfinger Cookie Dough Truffles. This is an egg-less cookie dough recipe with pieces of Butterfingers mixed in. They are then covered in milk chocolate, with more Butterfinger pieces sprinkled on top. My daughters were both really excited about helping with this dessert and I really love cooking with my children.
Both of my girls started off by tearing open the Butterfinger bites and smashing them into little pieces. This sounds kind of crazy, but these two have done this before. They both had the candy in plastic bags, Samantha smashing the Butterfingers with a meat tenderizer and Mackenzie using a garlic press.
Next I had Samantha cream a stick of softened butter with a cup of brown sugar, using my hand held mixer. My girls added a little milk, vanilla and salt. Then Mackenzie got her turn with the hand held mixer as she creamed the ingredients again. Slowly we mixed in some flour and our cookie dough was done.
The next thing we did was mix in the Butterfinger pieces by hand. I asked “Alright girls, who wants an arm workout?” Mackenzie did a good job of stirring the ingredients together. I separated the dough into tablespoon size pieces as my daughters both rolled them into balls. When we were done we had a little over thirty cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet that went into the refrigerator for half an hour. They need to be cold before we dipped the in melted chocolate, otherwise they might come apart.
When the cookie dough balls were done chilling in the fridge we melted some Candiquik melting chocolate in a saucepan. All I’ve got to say about this is you need to work with low heat and stir constantly while it’s melting. Mackenzie and Samantha took turns covering the cookie dough balls in chocolate. The easiest way to do this is by dropping it in the chocolate, then rolling it around so it’s completely covered.
Once covered it was just a matter of laying them back on the cookie sheet on top of parchment paper before I sprinkled it with a little more crushed Butterfinger. If you were wondering, these Butterfinger Cookie Dough Truffles were delicious!
This is my hand held mixer, the Oster 2577 6-Speed 250-Watt Hand Mixer. If you don’t want to spend the money on a stand up mixer, this is the next best thing. In fact I’ve used this for years and was still able to do all my baking with this hand held mixer. I’ve used it to make whipped cream, ice cream, butter cream frosting, royal icing, ganache, cheesecake, mashed potatoes and all sorts of cakes, brownies, and cookies. Just like my blender, the kids use it and it doesn’t get wrecked. It’s pretty reasonably price too.
This mixer comes with beaters, dough hooks, and whisk attachments, and also has a retractable cord.
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