Welcome to day 9 of Sally’s Cookie Palooza! Surely you didn’t think I’d throw a cookie bash without inviting some peanut butter to the party – right? If you know anything about me, you know my love for peanut butter runs deep. (Heck, I even drink peanut butter.)
Since I made you wait 9 days into the party, I tripled the peanut butter goodness in this cookie recipe. Soft and thick peanut butter cookies, secretly stuffed with peanut butter cups, and topped with melted peanut butter chocolate. Yes, yes, yes.
These cookies are completely crazy. They’re the star of the show. They’re the peanut butter cookies to put all other peanut butter cookies to shame. They are absolutely number 1 on my peanut butter cookie list at this point. Ha! Who am I kidding? I can’t choose favorites.
If you love peanut butter as much as I do, you have to make these cookies. If you have a peanut butter lover in your life, you have to make these cookies. If you have any tastebuds at all, you have to make these cookies.
Ok. Let’s do this.
First, drop what you’re doing right now and get your peanut butter ready. I like to use store-bought, thick-style peanut butter in this cookie recipe. I either use Jif Creamy or Skippy Natural (which is not oily). Basically any no-stir, non oily peanut butter will do.
So you have your peanut butter ready? Great. Mix it up with some softened butter, brown sugar, white sugar, egg, and vanilla. Add some flour, baking soda, and salt. Chill this soft cookie dough for at least 1 hour. Chilling is mandatory – otherwise the cookie dough will spread all over your baking pan and drip all over the oven.
So yeah – to avoid a disaster – chill this cookie dough!
Another plus to chilling the cookie dough? It intensifies the peanut butter flavor. Sort of like how banana bread’s flavor gets more intense over time. Same thing with the peanut butter in this cookie dough as it chills. That’s a good thing!
Seriously – that peanut butter cup inside. I can’t even handle it.
Ok, moving on…
So you have your cookie dough chilled? Good! Now, roll the cookie dough into balls – about 1 Tablespoon of dough per ball. Unwrap your Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I use the miniature peanut butter cups. Press a peanut butter cup inside of a cookie dough ball – sort of like a little nest or cradle. Top the peanut butter cup with another cookie dough ball and seal down the sides so that the peanut butter cup is securely stuffed inside. Roll it with your hands so the sides are smooth.
Since that was all probably confusing, here is a visual.
I always learn better with visuals. 😉
The peanut butter cookies don’t take very long at all to bake. About 10 minutes. They will be super soft when you remove them from the oven – that’s ok! You want that. Some cookies may be taller than others, depending how the peanut butter cup was positioned inside. That’s ok, too. Just press the cookies down a bit to flatten them out.
Don’t they just look like regular peanut butter cookies? Little do innocent taste testers know… there’s a little peanut butter cup surprise inside!
The Reese’s stuffed peanut butter cookies would be pretty darn good at this point, but they’re not quite ready for the party. They’re missing a little accessory.
A peanut butter-chocolate drizzle accessory. ♥
To make the drizzle, simply combine some semi-sweet chocolate chips (or milk chocolate) with a bit of peanut butter. Melt it all together and drizzle.
I use an empty condiment bottle for all of my drizzled baked goods. I bought it for $1 at Walmart. I’ve also seen these bottles at craft stores – or just use a condiment bottle you’ve emptied and washed out quite well.
Now… drizzle away.
The chocolate/peanut butter drizzle will “set” after a few hours, making these cookies perfect for traveling.
There really are no more words. Please. Go make these dreamy cookies now.
Super soft peanut butter cookies stuffed with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and drizzled with peanut butter/chocolate. A peanut butter lover's dream!
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