Friday, June 1, 2012

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

A couple of weeks ago... or was it last week? I can't remember. Anywho... sometime in near past, I attended a little church activity that asked us to bring a food that described ourselves. I thought and thought and thought about what I was going to bring... I love pizza and hamburgers, but that just didn't seem like something I wanted to cook up for 30+ women. If you think about it, what food best describes you? Now really think about it. Well, if you came up with an answer, you're a better thinker than I, because I couldn't come up with anything! 

On the day of the little activity, I finally decided to make one of my all time favorite cookies...

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies.

I guess it doesn't really describe me as a person... that would be difficult to do because I change my mind about everything All. The. Time! But I decided to go with these cookies because A) I love anything sweet B) I love to bake C) I love peanut butter and chocolate together. It's my all time favorite combination in the world! In fact, I love peanut butter and chocolate so much that when I have plain vanilla ice cream, I love to melt a little PB in the microwaver thingy for about 15-20 seconds and drizzle it over my ice cream. And then I'll add then chocolate sauce. It's delicious. Try it some time. You won't regret it! 

These cookies have become one of my favorite things to bake, and they have become one of my go-to recipes for parties/get-togethers/picnics/and what-nots...

I know, doesn't that melting chocolate just make your mouth water? It seriously doesn't get any better than that!

To make these cookies you'll need:
1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 . peanut butter
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 TBSP milk
40 (about 1 pkg) mini peanut butter cups, unwrapped 
(I place mine in the freezer after they are unwrapped.)

Here's how you bake them:
1. Preheat oven to 375. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

2. Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter, and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and milk. Add the flour to the mixture, and mix well. Using 2 spoons, drop the cookie dough mixture into each cup of a GREASED mini muffin pan.

3. Bake at 375 for about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven. Your cookies will look like this... don't worry...

Immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each cookie. Let them cool and carefully remove them from the pan. 

I have found it helpful to use a little silicon spatula when removing them from the pan. I loosen them first and then lift it gently, and I mean gently, out of the pan. The chocolate will be a little melty, but will harden after a couple of hours.

    You honestly can't help but love these cookies!

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