Dear Parents of Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers,
I’m not trying to rat your kids out or anything (since I am almost positive you probably did the same thing yourselves when you were that age), but you know when you give your kid lunch money every week and think he’s spending it on chicken nuggets or hamburgers in the cafeteria?
Well, you’re wrong.
If he’s like the 45979453745 billion other teenagers in the world, he’s proooobably spending it on Sour Skittles and Mountain Dew, AKA the Infamous Meal of Teenagers.
Meals may vary, as I was not one of the kids who enjoyed Sour Skittles. So if your name was Hayley Parker, you probably fancied eating a package of frosted chocolate donuts and a vanilla Coke on the daily. Or perhaps you were a root beer and Snickers kinda person.
Either way, I’m sorry to burst your little healthy, happy bubble of your child’s eating habits, but basically he’s just at school stuffing his face with heinous amounts of sugar.
And don’t get all mad at them for it, either. If it gets them through their droll algebra 2 class or helps pep them up for a long night of studying chemistry, who cares what they eat? Lemme tell you — you shouldn’t. Because it’s pretty much a scientific fact that kids don’t come racing home to eat kale and sweet potatoes before a cram session. So give them their Snickers and just realize that in a few years, this will all be a distant memory. And also in a few years, your kid won’t have nearly the same metabolism, so eventually your kale and sweet potatoes thing will be their new fave meal.
…Or not, because kale and sweet potatoes could never be chocolate and caramel. Everrrrrrr.
So pinch me if I’m crazy, but I have never been a huge Snickers fan. I know everyone and their mother’s mother’s dog’s cousin loooooves Snickers, but I’ve just never jonesed for it like everyone else does which is strange since I love all the components of a Snickers bar.. just, separated. But when Snickers released their Snickers PB candy bars, thaaaat was a different story.
I LOVE the addition of peanut butter — it truly amps up the saltiness of these traditionally sweet bars, and ups that gooey, sticky factor too (which shouldn’t all candy bars be the epitome of gooey, sticky and awesome?!).
For Candy Bar Week, I wanted to use these fancy, vamped-up Snickers bars somehow.. but when I realized I’ve already burnt everyone out on bars, poke cakes and bark, I figured I’d make something that tasted exactly like the candy without actually containing it. The perfect vessel for this mission? Nutter Butters. And Rolos. And chocolate. And peanuts.
And oh maaah goooooosh. HEAVEN.
- ½ pkg Nutter Butter cookies
- 1 pkg Rolo candies, unwrapped
- 1 pkg chocolate Candiquik or almond bark
- 1 can chopped sundae peanuts
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Gently twist the Nutter Butter cookies to separate the halves from one another. Place the half that is more bare (read: with less of the pb filling) onto the cookie sheet; leave the frosted halves to the side.
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Place two Rolos evenly on top of the unfrosted cookie halves. Put the pan of cookies into the oven and cook for about 4 minutes, or until the Rolos are very shiny but are still maintaining their shape. Remove from the oven.
- Take the frosted half of the cookies and gently sandwich them back together with the Rolo half. Allow the cookies to cool and come to room temperature.
- Melt the chocolate bark according to package directions. Dunk each cookie evenly into the chocolate bark, removing excess chocolate with a fork. Return the foil-lined baking sheet and immediately sprinkle with the chopped sundae peanuts. Serve!
I mean, really… noooo words.
Have a delicious and fantastical day!!
Sophia @ NY Foodgasm says
OMG these look AMAZING and pretty easy too! I heart nutter butters!
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says
I had no idea Nutter Butters could be improved!
Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
These cookies look way better than a snickers!
Zainab @ Blahnik Baker says
I DO need these!! The peanut butter Snickers definitely trumps the regular guys.
Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik says
If I could pin this a million times, I would! I’m gonna get working on that…
LOVE – Genius you are!
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
In high school we didn’t have vending machines or much junk food for lunch but I was always able to sneak in some chocolate milk and a brownie. I would like 46 of these cookies! Yum!
Olivia Waterfield says
I love you for making this recipe. And I thank my email for recieving the amazing recipes you make all the time. I am really excited about the cookie.
But also I love reading what you write. You are very relatable and funny. Reading your posts (no better way to say) I feel like we could be friends if we were to meet. (I’m not creepy I promise!!)
I hope that you are doing well and that you’re able to keep your anxious thoughts shushed up. I felt for you when I read about that a while back.
I hope I didn’t over step in anyway by mentioning it, but I want you to know I think you’re amazing!
Olivia, you are so sweet! Thank you so much 🙂 xo.
Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie says
SO true. I remember spending lunch money on a bag of Chex mix and one of those huge, greasy chocolate chip cookies. Not the most healthy meal!
These cookies sound freakin’ awesome!
Mimi @ Culinary Couture says
These are genius! You should hand these out on Halloween!
Karyn - Pint Sized Baker says
you are pure evil! That looks and sounds amazing! Whoa!
These are AWESOME!! Wow!! Send me some!
[email protected] says
you never fail to deliver harley! yummy!
My day would indeed be delicious and fantastical if these were in my home right now!!!
Stephanie @ Plain Chicken says
Brilliant! I must try this ASAP!
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
NO lie I just bought nutter butter cookies yesterday having no idea what to do with them. Love this!
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
I’M THE SAME! Snickers has never been my fave, even though I like the components separately, but those pb snickers are IT.
These cookies are like forrealsies amazing. WANT
Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says
Omg, GET OUT. Nutter butters are, like, life. Covered in chocolate and stuffed with Rolos? You are a goddess, Hayley.
Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl says
My junior year lunch of choice? Reese’s PB Cups and a Dr. Pepper. Ah, those were the days (and jean sizes).
Dying over the sheer genius of these. LOVE!
Sheila @ Sweet Bake Life says
Love your post! I have a middle schooler so I can relate. By the way, these look super yummy!
Tamara Coleman says
Is it weird that I’m licking the screen? Ok, JK but WHOA these look Ridiculously Delicious!
Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner says
I love how you took a store bought cookie and turned it this fabulous homemade creation! I love everything about them. 🙂
I used to buy french fries for lunch in high school…those were the days.
I’m with you 1000% on the Snickers! Never liked the original – then my co-worker cube-neighbor bought the PB Snickers – had never even heard of them but who can resist PB?! So glad I tried one! Or not. Loooooove them, will definitely be making these! Thank you for your recipes AND your stories!
Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says
Love that you used the candy for inspiration but didn’t actually use it, that takes some thought sista!! Nutter Butter and Rolos are my jam!!
Jennie @themessybakerblog says
Ha, I used to buy ice cream with my lunch money. School had the best ice cream sandwiches. There are no words to describe the deliciousness that are these cookies. Pinned.
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says
That is a genius idea to melt the Rolos into a cookie!!! Love it!
Just wobdering if there was there any left over candyquick remaining? I’m making a lot of treats this year and trying to determine how much candyquick I will need.. Thanks! Cant wait to try these yummies!
Hi Jessica! There shouldn’t be a lot of CandiQuik left over, but if there is, drizzle the remainder over some of the cookies for a pretty look!