Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | February 12th, 2020 | Desserts, Recipes
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All the flavors of that store bought candy bar in a homemade package

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

All the flavors of that store bought candy bar in a homemade package
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate peanut butter
Servings: 40
Author: Michele Pesula Kuegler

When I create my calendar for Think Tasty, I start with a theme. Then I determine what my new recipe will be. Next I find a recipe from the archives that matches the theme. What I don’t do is reread the article tied to the recipe. So, as I wrote the intro for this week’s new recipe, Kinda Healthy Peanut Butter Balls, I hadn’t read this article. I almost giggled when I did read it, as in both I talk about my lack of candy bar eating and my preferences if I were to eat a candy bar. Apparently, I am true to my eating. These cookies make a fine baked replica of their candy bar brethren and definitely would be on my short list of cookies with chocolate that I like.

To learn more about this recipe, originally published in March 2018, keep reading.

I don’t eat much candy. Being someone who doesn’t eat a lot of desserts in general, candy is pretty far down on my list. Offer me a warm cookie, a slice of non-chocolate cake, or a scoop of good ice cream, and I’ll say yes. Offer me candy, and 99% of the time I’ll decline. However, if I’m going to eat candy, it almost always involves peanuts or peanut butter and milk chocolate. Both Peanut M&Ms and Peanut Butter Cups are like siren songs to me.

Thinking about creating a new cookie recipe made me consider my adoration of Peanut Butter Cups. I love the saltiness of the filling and the sweetness of the coating. Transforming it into a cookie seemed interesting. I like peanut butter cookies, but they always seem one note. The texture is simple, as is the flavor. Could I make a cookie that would be as tempting as the candy?

I figured that I could start with a regular peanut butter cookie dough but then add another dimension to make into a more desirable treat. If I topped it with chocolate, like my favorite candy, it would have both salty and sweet elements. Perhaps that would transform cookies from ok to outstanding.

While working on this recipe, I was amazed at the number of decisions I needed to make for a cookie so simple. Shape them in typical, circular cookie fashion or bake in a mini muffin pan? Melt the chocolate chips and then spread the melted chocolate on each cookie, or sprinkle the cookies (while still in the pan) with chocolate chips and return to the oven?

No, these certainly weren’t earth-shattering decisions, but they did keep me busy in the kitchen for longer than I had anticipated. It was well worth the time. These cookies have a nice, firm consistency and just the right amount of chocolate (at least for someone who doesn’t need a lot of it). These cookies definitely are much more exciting than plain, old peanut butter cookies.

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