Brickle Peanut Butter Cookies

Brickle Peanut Butter Cookies

1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup shortening
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Heath brand Bits O’ Brickle or crushed Heath candy bars

2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter flavor crisco
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups crushed Heath candy bars

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Add egg, beating until just blended. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Stir in toffee bits. mixing until just blended. Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls 2" apart onto an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten slightly with hand or a floured bottom of a glass. Bake on baking sheet at a time at 375ºF for 7-8 minutes, or until set and just beginning to brown. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes. Remove cookies to foil or racks to cool completely.

ICING: Combine confections’ sugar, shortening and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Beat at low speed. Add milk as needed to make good spreading consistency. Spread icing in center tops of cooled cookies. TOPPING: Dip cookie in toffee bits and gently press them into the icing. Allow icing to set before serving.