Thursday, February 14, 2008
I have lots of peanut butter lovers in my life. Mix it with chocolate and even more people enjoy the flavor and texture of peanut butter, I count myself among them. If you like peanut butter or know a peanut butter freak, you're going to love this cookie.
When I saw this recipe on Cookie Madness, I moved it to the top of my pile of recipes to make. It requires more candy ingredients than I ever have on hand, so it also required me making a special trip to the store. Totally worth it. I'm posting the recipe here with small changes.
Peanut Butter Candy Cookies (Original Recipe)
1 cup salted butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 tablespoons of molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 c cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup Reese’s Pieces
1 12 oz package mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, cut into half and frozen.
Unwrap the Peanut Butter Cups and cut into halves. Place in a bowl and put in the freezer while you make the dough.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, and molasses until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, until well incorporated.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Slowly add dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and Reese's Pieces.
Drop the dough by tablespoons onto cookies sheets lined with parchment. These cookies do not spread much, so only an inch apart is necessary. Remove the frozen peanut butter cup halves from the freezer and press one or two pieces onto the top of each dough ball.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool for at least two minutes before removing with a spatula to a wire cooling rack.