Sunday, 16 February 2014

Mars Bar Stuffed M&M Studded Cookie Cups

Sugar, butter, more sugar, chocolate, and some Mars Bars - that is always a winning combination for me. I came across this recipe on Butter Baking when I was looking for ideas on how to use up the Mars Bars we've had sitting around for weeks, and I thought it sounded preeeetty damn good. I was not disappointed. For those who are weak and have a low sugar tolerance, this may not be the best recipe ever - it is very sugary. But for those of us who are now so used to consuming vast quantities of sugar in everything they eat then these shouldn't be too hard to digest. Or, you could just eat them slowly and not all at once, that would probably work too. 

I didn't have any chocolate chips, but we had a lot of M&Ms and some smarties left over from decorating Tom's birthday cake (see here) so I thought I'd chop those up and see what happened - it was a good move, I have to say. The chunk of Mars Bar in the middle isn't as overwhelming as I was expecting, and it really is pretty tasty. 

Recipe - makes 12 cookie cups (and maybe two or three cookies):
  • 230g butter
  • 200g soft light brown sugar
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 280g plain flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 200g chocolate chips or chopped up M&Ms (or even whole M&Ms for a chunkier cookie)
  • 4 Mars Bars (I used two Mars Bar duos)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC. Line a muffin tin with cake cases.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Slowly beat in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
  5. Mix in the chocolate.
  6. Chop the Mars Bars into thirds.
  7. Press a spoonful of cookie dough into the base of each cake case.
  8. Place a Mars Bar chunk on top.
  9. Dollop a large spoonful of cookie dough on top of each Mars Bar so that it's balancing rather precariously on top.
  10. Bake for around 12 minutes, until the tops are lightly golden. If at around 8 minutes, the cookie dough isn't covering the whole Mars Bar, lightly prod it with a palette knife to push the cookie dough over the chocolate.
In other news, I (kind of) worked out how Pinterest works. You can follow me here and this is a board of some of the cakes I've made over the years.