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Butterfinger Oatmeal Cookies

Butterfinger Oatmeal Cookies
The last time I ate a Butterfinger candy bar, I was on a road trip. I usually have so many baked goods around the house that I don’t always just pick up candy bars at the store – but there are definitely times when I make exceptions to this general rule because there are some candy bars that I really enjoy indulging in once in a while. Butterfingers are one of them, their crispy crunchy peanut butter centers have a really nice flavor and a very unique texture to them. I’ve even used them here as an inspiration for a batch of oatmeal cookies.

Oatmeal cookie dough is usually complimented with chocolate chips, raisins or nuts. Butterfinger candy bars turn out to be a great addition to cookies – oatmeal or otherwise – because of the consistency and flavor of their candy center. The peanut butter-flavored center melts during baking in much the same way that toffee does when added to a cake or cookie. It added a hint of toffee, a hint of roasted peanut and a definite savory-sweet note because of the salty-sweet flavor of the candy bar’s peanut butter center. The finished cookies are flavorful and surprisingly complex, given that all I did was chop up a store bought candy bar and add it to the dough!

Chocolate chips or raisins usually add some bulk to an oatmeal cookie dough and allow the cookies to be a little bit thicker than cookie dough without mix-ins. The amount of Butterfinger added is relatively small, so I made up for this by adding a little extra oatmeal than I would normally use to help keep the cookies from spreading too much. They’re still on the thinner side, rather than being the thick-and-chewy type of cookie, but they have a nice crispness around the edge and still have a chewiness – both from the oats and the bits of candy – in their centers.

Butterfinger Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 3/4 cups oatmeal (rolled or quick cooking, not instant)
2 Butterfinger candy bars (2.1 oz each)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars until mixture is light. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. With the mixer on low or working by hand, gradually stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Stir in oatmeal.
Coarsely chop Butterfinger candy bars and stir into cookie dough, mixing until candy is well-distributed.
Drop 1-inch balls of dough onto the cookie sheet, placing about 1 1/2 inches apart so they have room to spread.
Bake at 350F for 10-13 minutes, until cookies are just golden brown at the edges.
Cool on baking sheet for at least 1-2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 3 1/2 – 4 dozen

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  • Sarah
    July 25, 2011

    My husband LOVES Butterfinger, I will have to surprise him with these one day!

  • Tessa
    July 25, 2011

    Butterfingers are my favorite candy bar. These look great!

  • Wonderful idea! I love butterfingers, too. And oatmeal cookies.

  • These look awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  • Yatee
    July 26, 2011

    Butterfingers seem perfect as an accompaniment to oatmeal cookies! Yum, I would love to try this.

  • Loy
    July 27, 2011

    Wow, so glad I came across these in a search on Swagbucks for a Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie recipe. I found one, but am more excited that I found this. I love oatmeal in cookies and I love Butterfinger candy bars. I just happen to have the ingredients on hand to make these. I am glad that I can use old-fashioned or quick oats. I have lots of old-fashioned since I grabbed a box of that when I thought I was getting quick. There are going on my Friday Finds list this week. Thanks for posting the recipe.

  • Debbie Clendon
    July 28, 2011

    I’m from Great Britain so we don’t have Butterfinger Bars. Any idea what the alternative is?

  • Nicole
    July 28, 2011

    Debbie – I can’t think of a specific brand name, but you could use chopped toffee for an equally tasty (although without the peanut butter flavor) result.

  • Jerod A
    July 29, 2011

    I am making these as I type this, and after re-reading the recipe, I don’t see when I am supposed to add in the oatmeal. Im assuming I just dump it in with the other dry ingredients.

    Also, I love making cookies in my mini-muffin baking sheet, it kinda mixes things up!

    Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  • Heather D
    August 3, 2011

    I just made these cookies and they are sooo good!! I halved the recipe and used 5 Fun-Size Butterfingers, but now I wish that I made the full recipe! I will definitely be making these again!!

  • longtimecoming
    August 16, 2011

    OMG took these to work today and they were GONE in no time! My office has gotten quite used to getting Monday Mornin’ treats thanks to your site… i seriously try to try a new recipe at LEAST once a week. thanks again!

  • Megan
    October 30, 2011

    Perfect! I felt like mine could have even handled another half-bar or so. Another winning and delicious recipe from Baking Bites. I could not be more pleased with this website. Keep brining us the best recipes!

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