The day after we all went trick-or-treating (we went on Saturday so as not to interrupt the sabbath) the kids and I came up with a super fun way to utilize some of their Halloween candy with the 2 tubes of sugar cookie dough we had purchased to bake as a treat after 3 hours of church. With my fiance peeking at the table as to what we were all giggling about, we went about our business making fun, tasty cookies with all the many candies we had acquired during our trick-or-treating endeavors.
Who knew that Skittles, Starbursts, Heath bars, butterscotch, caramels, and even Fun Dip would be awesome in a sugar cookie? Well, they are, as are any of the chocolate the kids managed to donate to the craft (surprisingly, even Whoppers). We simply laid out a plethora of candies for the 40 cookies we cut out of 2 rolls of sugar cookie dough we had bought from the store, and went about stabbing candies into the raw dough before the cookies hit the oven.
The youngest just HAD to put Nerds on top of her cookies, and roll up candy corn inside the sugar cookie dough. The oldest simply placed candy bars (like Snickers, Milky Ways, and Hershey bars) into the center of her cookie dough so the chocolate could melt and cover the cookie in delicious gooey splendor. The other kids were more into placing chewy candies, like Laffy taffys and Starbursts, on top of and rolled up inside of their cookie dough, stretching the chewy candies before placing them like lids over the cookies to top them.
Me? I was content to just crush the hard candies, like jaw breakers and butterscotches, into tiny crunchy pieces to sprinkle on top of the cookies. What fun!
We ended up with a massive array of brightly colored and oddly decorated cookies. Some of them looked like pigs in a blanket with banana Laffy Taffys poking out, some looked like round balls, with peppermint crumbles tucked inside, and most of them just looked like regular sugar cookies, with a random collection of candy toppings, even including a Twizzlers pull and peel criss-crossed over the top.
Did they bake well? Surprisingly, they did. I only baked the whole artsy cookie batch for 8 minutes (the package said 10 to 12) to avoid burning any of the cookies or candies inside them, and the results were brightly melted Skittle cookies, perfectly gooey chocolate cookies, bubbly taffy cookies, and tie-dyed Nerds cookies.
Were they delicious? Oh, you betcha! Even my fiance had to have a taste of our hodge podge cookie experiments. He particularly loved the crunch of the butterscotch cookie balls and the Laffy Taffys rolled up in cookie dough. I liked the Skittles cookies and of course, any of the chocolate ones, who I had to fight the oldest for. Nothing like a melty Milky Way on top of a warm, chewy sugar cookie. Even the candy corn cookies were good, and I despise candy corn.
Needless to say, the craft was amazing fun, with a tasty, sugary treat to enjoy made from our own creations. How easy is it to cut up a tube of raw sugar cookie dough and press candies into the dough? Your kids will love this easy craft that they can go all out with, and will love the results even more. Halloween day was more fun for us than we could ever have expected.