Friday, July 1, 2011

Extreme Peanut Butter Chip Cookie

WARNING!!  Beware of this cookie, because it is beyond delicious! 

I feel that I should post this warning because it’s like I said the other day, peanut butter and chocolate are just meant to go hand in hand!  If you consider yourself a true peanut butter lover, then this cookie is definitely for you!  If you are someone who is allergic to peanut butter though, I’m sorry.  At least you don’t know what you are missing out on. 

Now, let me direct my attention back to the peanut butter lovers out there.  Some important information for you to know, regarding this cookie, is that it contains everything you can imagine that has peanut butter in it, from Reese’s Pieces, to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, to peanut butter chips, and of course, peanut butter.  Can you say “Yum”!  Enough rambling though, let me just provide you the recipe so that you may enjoy a batch!

Extreme Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies

(Makes about 36 cookies)
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup Reese’s Pieces
1 package mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, cut into halves and frozen

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone mat.

With an electric mixer, cream together the butter, peanut butter, white sugar, and brown sugar, until smooth.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Stir in the vanilla.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda.  Beat the flour mixture into the peanut butter mixture until just combined.  Using a large wooden spoon stir in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and Reese’s Pieces (This is best when done by hand so that the shells of the Reese’s Pieces do not break.  If you don’t care about that though, you can blend together using your electric mixer)

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet about an inch or so apart.  Push one frozen peanut butter cup half into the center of each ball of dough.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  It is very important that you let cool in pan for 1-2 minutes; otherwise the cookie will fall apart when you try to transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.


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