Saturday, 18 July 2015

52 Weeks of Cookies - Week 3

Snickers Cheesecake Cookies

Confession: although I made my best attempt to follow the recipe that the link will take you to... I deviated from it... A LOT

Ok, so I buy most of my ingredients for the month the first Tuesday of the month.
Why the first Tuesday?
I can save 10% at 3 different grocery stores on this day.
So I check their flyers and pick the store with the best deals (how Mennonite of me)
OR I pick one that I can collect airmiles on because... why not?

So, how did I change up the recipe?
First off, this isn't my first time baking these.  
I remembered from the last time I tried to make these that I had a difficult time finding cheesecake flavoured pudding.  Such a difficult time that I never did actually find it.
I know I substituted vanilla pudding for it but I couldn't remember if I also added cream cheese.
Well, this time I didn't have cream cheese in my fridge so that wasn't an option.
So TECHNICALLY, I made Snickers Vanilla Cookies

On to my next adaptation to the recipe.

Remember how I bought all my ingredients at the beginning of the month?
Well, I obviously bought my pudding.  
I tend to go for the lower fat version that claims to be better for you.
This time that meant it was sweetened with splenda (yuck).  I figured since this recipe called for 3/4 cups of both regular and brown sugar you wouldn't even be able to taste the splenda (and I was right).
Unfortunately, that splenda sweetened instant pudding was no near the amount that I needed.
After doing some quick thinking I decided I would make half a recipe... this was I would have extra Snickers... YUM!

So, I start off halving the recipe really well.  
As in I added half the amount of butter that it called for.
Then I put in the full amount of sugar and eggs and was about to add the vanilla when I stopped and said 

I didn't want to head out to the grocery store (there is one conveniently across the street but that instant pudding wouldn't be 10% off!
After doing some more thinking and glancing through my cupboard I came across from custard powder.
"this is basically pudding" I said to myself.

By this point I had pretty much given up on measuring or doing more math to figure out how much of it I should actually add and just dumped the custard powder in until it looked to be about the same amount of instant pudding powder that I had added.

Then I added some extra vanilla because I just wasn't sure what was happening anymore.

Oh, and I don't think the original recipe says to chop up the Snickers bites but I did.

I know what you're thinking
"eep... did these ones turn out?"


The cookies were still super yummy!

So, I believe we have all learned a valuable lesson.
Make the cookies with the cheesecake pudding
Or make them with vanilla
OR make them with vanilla and custard.

They will be edible.

Their rating....

The combination of peanut butter and caramel and chocolate makes these yummy!
I kind of wish there was more Snickers in them (obviously, I didn't measure those either and obviously I ate a few too)

Next week I'm making some cookies I've never made before.
So get excited!

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