Monday, October 20, 2008

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Recently as I went through my regular blog reads, I found this post over at Bake or Break for the cookies you see above.

Oh. My. A moist, chewy peanut butter base, with a mini peanut butter cup pressed into the top where it becomes all melted and gooey? I'm SO in. These cookies are amazing. I love them so much that I often bake and give them to people. They are also a sturdy cookie, so fit well into a box for gift giving. Try passing some on at Christmas or in a care package.

Adapted from Every Day Food

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup sugar to roll the dough in
30-ish mini peanut butter cups

Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

In a bowl with an electric mixer, cream the peanut butter and butter together until smooth. Add the brown sugar and continue to mix well. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla and then the eggs, one at a time, beating after each.

In a separate bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together with a fork. Add to the butter mixture in two separate batches, slowly mixing until just combined.

*I found that at this point it was too wet to try to shape into balls, so I set the bowl in the fridge for about 20 minutes and it worked fine.

Using about a tablespoon of dough per cookie, roll the dough into a ball, then in the sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Place the sheet in a pre-heated oven and bake for approximately 7 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and press a peanut butter cup into each one, then return to the oven for about 6 more minutes or until the cookies appear set and the bottoms are golden.

Allow to cool slightly before you remove them from the cookie sheet to a rack; and then enjoy with a glass of milk!

Love at First Bite!
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