Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies


Last week I organized a cookie exchange for the girls and their friends.   Each girl was to bring three dozen cookies so they could all assemble a couple cookie trays each, one for their family and one to give as a gift.

Chiquita decided to make Peanut Butter Cup Cookies (aka: Hershey's "Peanut Butter Temptations") as her contribution to the exchange.   They turned out so delicious that I picked up a couple more bags of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups so we can make some for our family Christmas Party!

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Ingredients: 

About 40 (13-oz. pkg.) REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1.  Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from candies.   Optional:  Line small muffin cups (1-3/4 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.    (We omitted the paper bake cups and they turned out great!) 

2.  Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, peanut butter, egg and vanilla until light and fluffy in large bowl. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place one in each prepared muffin cup. Do not flatten.

3.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes until puffed and lightly browned; remove from oven. Immediately press peanut butter cup or piece onto each cookie. Cool completely in muffin pan. About 3-1/2 dozen cookies.  (Using the small Pampered Chef Scoop, we ended up with almost 4 dozen cookies, though I did have to open a second bag of peanut butter cups.)

6 comments:

  1. heck, those look so good, I would eat them all!! ( I wish I was kidding)

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  2. My husband married me for these cookies. :)

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  3. Boy, those look terrific. I'm making the Christmas Dots tomorrow. You always have the best recipes, Jessica. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Oh thoose look yummy! We bring cookies to our Parish on Christmas for our father and others. I think I will add these for sure:)

    I left a comment for you about the the gingerbread recipe on my blog.

    Thanks again for everything Jessica. Your blog has just been a huge blessing.

    Merry Christmas

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  5. I LOVE these, they are so yummy! I don't have a small muffin tin though. Hmmm... I will have to think of something...

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  6. We always cheat and buy the pre-made peanut butter cookie dough! ;) Still yummy though!

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