30 Years of E.T. and Flying Saucer Cookies

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There are a few movies I associate with my youth and E.T. is one of them. I remember attending the movie with my friends, wistful about the possibility of life beyond our world and crying collectively in the dark theatre. It also stirred a desire for candy, Reese’s Pieces specifically.

Okay, so maybe the movie didn’t stir my desire for candy but you couldn’t help but make a connection between those chocolate peanut butter nuggets of candy and E.T.. You probably have little bags of these treats in your home right now after Halloween. We used ours to make these great Leftover Halloween Candy Cookies.

Not to date myself too much, it seems the movie E.T. is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary with the release of a special DVD and Blu-ray edition (available October 9). As a parent I’ve been introducing some of my favourite childhood classics to my own children, such as the Star Wars trilogy and the Star Trek series and movies. Perhaps it’s time to introduce them to E.T. as well, served up with a handful of these Flying Saucer Cookies.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
About 2 cups REESE’S PIECES Candy

You could probably use any candy pieces you have on hand but if you’re serving these as a movie night treat for a screening of E.T., they really should be Reese’s Pieces.

  1. Heat oven to 325°F. Beat butter, sugar, water and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Add egg; beat well.
  2. Stir together flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Gradually add to sugar mixture, beating until well blended.
  3. For each cookie roll 1 level measuring tablespoon dough into ball. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten to make 2-inch circle. Alternating colors arrange 3 brown, 3 yellow and 3 orange candies to form circle along outside edge of cookie. Pinch off pea-sized piece of dough (level 1/4 measuring teaspoon); roll in ball. Flatten ball and place in center of circle formed by the candies.
  4. Bake 10 minutes or until cookie edges are set. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 3 dozen cookies.

What movies from your childhood have you shared with your kids?

Source: Recipe and Image courtesy of Universal Home Entertainment

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