Guess what the Rocking Rebel bought me yesterday? You’ll never guess it, because it’s crazy! And it doesn’t have anything to do with baking, cooking, these delicious cookies, Christmas or New Year’s Eve!
So I’ll just tell you. Yesterday, the Rocking Rebel bought me a….
… tub. You know, a bath tub! A real, miniature bath tub small enough to fit into our tiny (as in less than 1 square meter (as in less than 10 square feet)) bathroom, but big enough to fit me! It was the best surprise ever!
I’m a bath person. Sure, I love to take hot showers too, but I LOVE to chill down in the tub after a long day’s work, reading gossip magazines and singing Katie Melua or Queen songs at the top of my lungs.
That’s just the kind of girl I am…
(Is that too much information?)
Sadly, our apartment didn’t come with a tub when we bought it, and diving into someone else’s tub just isn’t the same.
So until yesterday, I had been missing a bath tub…
When I got home from a long walk with my (middle, I’ve got 3!) sister and our dogs, I found the Rocking Rebel in our kitchen. Quite distressed that I wasn’t late, “as usual”. It turned out that he “hadn’t finished vacuuming yet”.
Yes, the Rocking Rebel is the perfect boyfriend…
Aaaanyway, after he had taken me on a quick tour through our apartment to show me that he a) almost vacuumed pretty much everything, b) managed to disentangle his guitar cables, and c) had washed all of the dishes that had been accumulating for 3 days, he lead me through the hallway, towards our bathroom.
I remember asking him “what that great smell was”, right before I almost freaked out because I thought that there was a fire in our bathroom! Through our bathroom door window I could see an orange, pink glow! The Rocking Rebel remained supercool, though. He simply pushed open the door and there it was.
A bath tub. The perfect bath tub.
Bubbles and lit candles and everything!
Again: the Rocking Rebel is the perfect boyfriend…
Needless to say, I immediately jumped in! And I stayed in. For an hour at least. Nothing beats a nice hot bath… Except maybe a nice hot bath and a few of these cookies. (In case you were wondering when I would finally start on these cookies, the time is now).
These cookies are great! I first decided that I wanted to make these cookies when I read about ‘Chocolate Turtle Cookies’. Soft, chocolate cookies, rolled into chopped pecans and filled with a soft caramel sauce. However, I wanted to make them a little different. Ever since I made the Caramel Apple Peanut Butter Loaf Cake I have been wanting to use salted peanuts and caramel in another recipe.
The combination is just to die for! So instead of pecans, I used salted peanuts.
Originally I wanted to name these cookies Chocolate Tortoise Cookies, because… you know – not really a turtle but still kind of the same thing. However, ‘tortoise’ obviously isn’t very descriptive, so I quickly decided on Snickers Cookies instead.
Want to know why? Because these things taste like Snickers bars. Sweet but also a little savory, with a little kick of salt. Peanuty, chocolatey and caramely… Sure, the nougat is missing, but who cares? Snickers bars are really all about the peanuts, chocolate and caramel anyway!
And these cookies have got plenty of that…
So next time your hungry, grab a Snickers Cookie!
- 113g (or 1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 133g sugar (or ⅔ cup) granulated sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 125g (or 1 cup) all-purpose flour
- 40g (or ⅓ cup) cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 100g (or ¾ cup) salted peanuts, chopped
- 100g (or ½ cup) granulated sugar
- 45g (or 3 tablespoons) salted butter, cut into 3 pieces
- 60ml (or ¼ cup) whipping cream
- Start with the cookies. In a medium-sized bowl, cream together the unsalted butter and (113g or ⅔ cup) sugar until nice and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg yolk, the milk and the vanilla. Mix until incorporated.
- In another bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir together with a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon. Once the dry ingredients have somewhat absorbed the wet ingredients, mix briefly with the mixer until a dough forms. Shape the dough into a flat disc, wrap with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
- In the meantime, make the caramel sauce. To a small saucepan, add the sugar. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring continously with a rubber spatula. The sugar will start to clump together and eventually melt into a thick amber-colored caramel.
- Once all of the sugar has melted, carefully add the butter. The mixture will start to bubble once you add the butter, so be careful! Stir the butter into the caramel until it has completely melted. This can take up to 2 minutes.
- Next, slowly drizzle in the whipping cream and stir to combine. Again, the caramel will start to bubble as you add the cold liquid. Allow to boil for 1 minute, then take the caramel off the heat and either dunk the bottom of the saucepan in a cold water bath (aka: a bowl filled with cold water large enough to fit the bottom of the saucepan or an inch of cold water in your kitchen sink) to make sure the caramel stops cooking, or pour the hot caramel in a heatproof container, such as a coffee mug. Allow to cool before using.
- Preheat your oven to 175°C/350°F (standard oven setting) and line a cookie sheet with baking parchment.
- Take the cookie dough out of the fridge and cut it into 30 equal chunks. Roll each of the chunks in your hands to form a dough ball and then roll the dough balls into the chopped peanuts.
- Place on the lined cookie sheet ( 5-cm/2-inches apart) and make and indent with your thumb in the center of each ball.
- Bake for 12 minutes, then take out off the oven and immediately press the centers of the cookies down again (this time, I used a little measuring spoon) to make a more defined well for the caramel.
- Allow to cool to room temperature and spoon the caramel into the centers of the cookies. Place in the fridge to set for about an hour, then serve. With napkins…