Boo! Today is Halloween!!
And I’m not trick or treating. Waaaaaah.
It seems like people have some construed ideas about trick or treating. Apparently, the older you get, the more socially-unacceptable it is to go trick or treating. With today being Halloween and politic-season rearing its ugly head, I figured I’d defend my argument against No-Adults-Allowed Trick or Treating, or NAA TOT.
First of all, people have this weird idea that because you’re an adult, you can somehow buy your own candy. Um, whatever happened to that little thing called “being neighborly”? If your neighbor came over desperate for a cup of sugar for her coffee, you wouldn’t turn your nose up and be like, “aren’t you a little too old to be asking for sugar? Buy your own.” So how is it any different from candy?
Also, going off on that same idea, people assume we can buy our own candy because we have money. Kids don’t have bills. In fact, they don’t really have any responsibilities except to do their homework which, let’s face it, is probably done by parents anyways. So basically we’re rewarding bill-free, responsibility-less children with sugar when really, the adults should be rewarded with chocolate for A) putting up with children, and B) having to pay bills and therefore, not buy candy.
And okay, don’t you ever want to punch people when they tell you to “get in the Christmas spirit!” during Christmas-season? And you’re like THIS IS MY CHRISTMAS SPIRIT YOU FREAK!! So why are adults being penalized just for being adults when they’re in costume, celebrating Halloween? I mean, I’m dressed in costume and as spirited as you can get–and you’re not giving me candy because I’m an adult? Ruuuuude.
So this Halloween, vote against NAA TOT, or No-Adults-Allowed Trick or Treating. If you’re paying a bill, wearing a costume (or even just a wig), and are desperate for candy that was not purchased by you, I say go trick or treating. And if naysayers balk at your age, egg their house. Just kidding about the last part. Maybe instead start screaming about how trick or treating is a conspiracy against adults. I bet you they’ll give you a Snickers bar to shut up.
Oh. And if you’ve ever run into the crazy problem when you have leftover Halloween candy lying around and need some inventive way to repurpose chocolate bars, look no further. These cookies do the trick just fine! Meet Reese’s Stuffed Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies. They’re chocolate chip pudding cookies (obvi) stuffed with whole Reese’s peanut butter cups. Um, you’re friggin’ welcome.
The best part is this recipe can be adapted to nearly any chocolate candy you want to stuff ’em with. Snickers? Go for it. 100 Grand? Do it. Milky Way? Be my guest.
1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix
2 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 & 1/2 cups miniature chocolate chips
About 12-14 Reese’s peanut butter cups, unwrapped
Optional: other candy bars like 100 Grand, Snickers, Milky Way, Kit Kat, Krackle, Almond Joy, etc.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with silicone liners or spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the eggs, vanilla + pudding mix to combine. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda + salt; gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in the miniature chocolate chips.
3. Drop a rounded Tablespoonful of dough on your baking sheet; gently press a Reese’s cup (or candy bar of your choice) on top of the dough. Top with another rounded Tablespoonful of dough and seal the dough balls together around the candy bar. Repeat, leaving a 2-3″ space between cookie dough balls (they’ll spread slightly).
4. Bake for approx. 12-14 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even baking, or until golden and set in center. Cool on sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely. Store leftovers airtight, up to 4 days.
I only had 100 Grand and Reese’s cups on hand, so I used a mixture of the two. Of course, my favorite were the Reese’s cups–the unexpected flavor of peanut butter in the gooey center of these fluffy, chewy chocolate chip cookies was phenom!! I can only imagine using Snickers or Almond Joys would be a fun + delicious twist as well!
Happy Halloween!! Have a fun and safe trick or treating experience!!