This is more of a how-to than a recipe. I’ve been to a couple of races recently with Mars bars in the goody bag. I can’t face a warm Mars bar straight after a race and they languished in the cupboard, as I plonked them in the baking cupboard out of David’s eyesight I thought about baking up some Mars cupcakes or brownies or something, but it all sounded a bit complicated. I googled some recipes and saw they are best baked from frozen. I moved them to the freezer and forgot about them.
Until, I organised for my friend Abby to pop round for a cuppa and my Mars bar baking thoughts suddenly changed from thoughts to action!
I have to make a confession though, I missed one crucial step when I made these this time and you can tell from my crumbly edges. So I implore you, pop them in the fridge/freezer for 30 minutes before baking so yours come out prettier than mine!
If you want to make Mars Bar Stuffed Cookies you will need.
- 2 frozen mars bars
- 1 batch of this cookie dough (except we’ll end up with 16)
- Baking trays
- A sharp knife
1. Make your cookie dough as per the recipe up to the end of stage 2 (chilling overnight).
2. Remove your Mars bars from the freezer and cut each one into 8 pieces.
3. Remove the dough from the fridge (I find it easier to work with a 1/3 at a time and leave the rest in the fridge)and break off pieces of approx 40g. Of your 40g piece, split it into two pieces: one piece approx 2/3 and one piece approx 1/3. This is your base (2/3 piece) and top (1/3 piece).
4. Roll the larger base piece into a ball and then pat out flat, place a slice of Mars bar into the middle.
5. Get your smaller top piece of dough, roll into a ball and pat it out flat. use it as a little lid for your Mars bar. squeeze the edges together and give it a little roll between your hands to ensure there are no holes.
6. Place onto your baking tray and complete with the rest of the dough. You should get 14-16.
7. Place your trays into the freezer (or fridge if you don’t have room) for half an hour and use the time to preheat your oven to 190’c.
8. After freezing, bake your cookies for 10-12 minutes until slightly golden and you can see those chocolate chips and bits of Mars bar that poke out, glistening with meltiness. You may have some oozes of caramel but it adds to the charm!
9. Use a palette knife, spatula or large knife if you have neither to move the cookies straight to a cooling rack. When cool enough to pick up, eat, devour and dunk.
If, for some freakish reason there are any left, you can rewarm them in a 150’c oven for 3-5 minutes to bring back their softness. Or stuff them with a big scoop of ice cream and eat for dessert…
The lovely John actually followed my instructions (unlike me) and his came out perfectly, take a look: