Recipe by Joanna Knudsen
"These are THE BEST cookies I have ever eaten. They are a definite hit. If you like peanut butter and chocolate - these cookies are for you!"
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creamy peanut butter
packed brown sugar
2 1/3 cups
semisweet chocolate chips
peanut butter chips
chocolate covered peanut butter cups, cut into eighths
My family begs for these cookies! I combined all of the wonderful advice of the cooks before me: use 1/2 butter and 1/2 Crisco for softness, use 1/2 dark and 1/2 light brown sugar for the best flavor, use less cocoa powder to keep more of a peanut butter flavor, and bake them for 6-8 minutes so they don't dry out. And the best advice of all was to use mini peanut butter cups, cut them in half, and freeze them before you put them in the cookie to bake. This helps to maintain part of the candy shape and when you get to that center bite--well, you will see!!! Thank you all for making me a cookie-making legend in my family!
I made these for my Dad who LOVES PBC's --they came out REALLY too sweet and rich. I think they would be better with less sugar and not so many chips. I'm an avid cookie baker so I'm really picky --check my reviews for my favorites!
I used the recommendations of halfbutter/half butter Crisco; WAY underbake. I use 38 - 40 mini Reese's peanut butter cups that I freeze, cut in half and then pop back into the freezer while preparing batter. I cut them big because they look fabulous with that big gash of peanut butter. Be careful when folding in the frozen cups and I try to keep those frozen pieces as large as possible - THAT is what makes these cookies so darn attractive and yummy. I drop them out of a tablespoon - large - lumpy - I get 55 cookies to a batch. Use parchment paper - keep them on the sheet for 10 minutes or longer then off to the drying racks. (Again, they will kind of look raw, but keeping them on the pan, outside of the oven, for another 10 minutes or so continues the baking.) These are KILLER; figuratively and, let's be honest, a bit literally!!!
LATE ADDITION: I NOW add the Trader Joe's teeny, tiny mini peanut butter cups to the recipe and use chocolate CHUNKS, instead of reg. chips. So, instead of the one cup chocolate chips and one cup peanut butter chips, I use a total of two cups chips, but split three ways with chocolate chunks, peanut butter and Trader Joe's chips. ALSO, to make them look like they came out of the best bakery in the universe, I gently position a couple of choclate chunks and Trader Joe's mini PB cups on top of the cookies before baking. Makes them look gorgeous. Have renamed them..."Better Than Sex"!
These cookies are delicious, but it can be a bit tricky to figure out when they are done. Once you figure out how long they will take in your oven, they will not disappoint you! I usually bake until small cracks appear in the surface. They also freeze well.
These cookies are so good, I am going to name my firstborn after it. Actually, I want to marry this cookie.
These cookies really are fantastic! I'm known for my culinary skills, so I'm always cautious when trying other recipes. This one helped me keep that reputation! One comment was, "They taste like the cookies you pay a few dollars (each) for in the mall!" They do have a "mild" peanut butter taste so it's great when you bite into one of the peanut butter cup pieces. I did adapt it a little by omitting the cocoa and I used MILK chocolate CHUNKS instead of semi-sweet chocolate CHIPS. Thanks! :o)
I must say that these cookies are SOOOOOO delicious!!!!!! I couldn't even imagine that a cookie could taste this good. I'm suprised Mrs. Fields hasn't been groveling to buy this recipe. I just wanna suggest 2 things. If you take the requested amount of brown sugar and use half of both light and dark brown sugar, they are even better! also, if you freeze the penut butter cups before you cut them, they stay whole rather then melting in the oven. A little harder to cut, but worth every second!!!!!
These are very good if you like rich cookies. I made the mistake of using a health nut peanut butter (which I never really liked) which only had peanuts and oil listed as ingredients. So I suggest you use a good quality, sweet peanut butter like Jif or Skippy. And also, when you take the cookies out of the oven, you may not think that they are done, but they really are! Do not cook them for longer than it says to because they will harden up later, trust me!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Serving Size: 1/36 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 36
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 117
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