Have you ever been to DC? You know, our nation’s capital? If you haven’t, get down here immediately! There is so much to see and do, and a lot of it is free!
Well, kind of. The National Zoo is free, and they have a cute baby panda named Bao Bao. But in exchange for watching all of the adorableness as he tumbles down hills while trying unsuccessfully to stand up, you have to pay a $22 flat fee to park in the zoo lot. So it’s not exactly free, unless you want to go with street parking. Which you could, if you find a free spot. Or take the subway. But that’s not free either.
Okay, I’ll stop griping. Really, the National Zoo is very nice. Even with the absence of giraffes. And the monuments are free, too. And the museums. But not all of them! That International Spy Museum is a tricky biscuit.
Speaking of biscuits (oooh, a segue), a.k.a. “cookies” here in America, these should do the trick. It’s high time they started making Twix bites. For months, I’ve been waiting. Snickers bites, Reese’s bites, Kit Kat bites. All there. And now I can put the ultimate chocolate cookie bar…wait for it…in a cookie!
They’re predictably delicious. Basically, this is a chocolate chip cookie with chopped up Twix bites and yes, some milk chocolate chips, too. And I can’t imagine anyone in the world turning these suckers down. Which is why I have to get them out of the house right now! After I eat these three next to my computer, that is.
Delicious, but not nutritious. Oh well. We’ll save the healthy recipes for times when there is no Twix involved. This cookie is made out of love, folks.
Remember to chill your dough, preferably overnight. It won’t do to have weird crispy cookies.
My favorite thing about this recipe? No mixer! So your excuses are all gone, people out there who suffer from mixer-o-phobia. Get your microwave-safe bowl and off you go!
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 and 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional, but yields a softer cookie)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup Twix bites, chopped in halves or thirds
In a bowl, mix the butter and sugars together. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla, mixing again until all ingredients are smooth and incorporated.
Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add them to butter mixture and mix thoroughly. Fold in the chocolate chips and Twix bites.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Making dough mounds about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons in size, place on the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, turning the cookies halfway through baking time.
Cool completely, and then remove from the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container.