Peanut butter and chocolate is probably one of our favorite treat combinations. Have you noticed? Well, I baked up another one that I had to share with you. These are cute sized but pack a super peanut butter punch!
I had this bag of mini peanut butter cups that were taunting me from the pantry. And I figured I might show a bit more restraint if they were in cookies instead of candy form. These had shown up on one of the blogs I follow and I knew Matt would love them. We kept a couple of the cookies out and froze the rest for later. They are soft and gooey – a bit underdone, but if baked longer I was concerned they would burn.
I found they cooked up best if I used a cold baking sheet and kept the dough in the fridge until just before baking them. It helped prevent them from spreading and they puffed up a bit more that way. I also threw the whole bag of mini peanut butter cups into the dough, I didn’t want the leftover peanut butter cups sitting around for me to munch on. Plus I prefer my cookies with a few extra chocolate chips!
Recipe (From The Baker Chick)
Makes 3-4 dozen cookies
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 and 1/4 cup flour
- 1 (7oz) bag cup mini peanut butter cups (you could also chop up a larger size peanut butter cup)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Cream together the butter and sugars together then add in the peanut butter until well combined, and then the egg and vanilla. Next add the salt, baking soda and flour and mix until just combined. Fold in the peanut butter cups, and chocolate chips. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 350F. I used my cookie scoop and rolled them into 1 inch balls. (The original recipe highly suggests rolling them into balls to prevent the tops from being crinkly) Bake for 8-9 minutes. Don't overbake, the cookies may not seem done, but they firm up as they cool. You need to wait 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool or they will fall apart.