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A Cookie to Lift ‘Up’ Your Spirits

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These are cookies that even Kevin in “Up” would love. Use chunky peanut butter with Snickers or creamy peanut butter with Milky Way.  You can also use chocolate chunks.

By the way, though Kevin in the movie eats candy bars, chocolate is poison to real-life birds, so don’t share any of these treats with your feathered friends.

Bird Seed

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter (see above)
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 (11.5-ounce) bags miniature Snickers or Milky Way, unwrapp

Beat together butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, salt and vanilla until fluffy.  Add eggs and baking soda and beat to combine.  Add flour and beat until just incorporated. Don’t overmix.  Wrap dough in wax paper and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cover baking sheet with parchment paper. Unwrap about 52 mini candy bars. Using about 1 1/4 tablespoon dough (or a No. 50 cookie scoop), flatten dough in your hand and put a candy bar in the middle, wrap the dough around the candy bar and seal. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet and bake about 12 minutes.  Let cookies rest about 5 minutes before removing to cooling racks.

Makes about 52 cookies.

From Judy Baum

(photo: Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios)

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