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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies

A little while back, we bought a large amount of mini Reese's cups to mix in to brownies. Since we only used about 12 reese's cups in that recipe, there's still quite a few left. Besides for the occasional snack, they were just sitting idly in the pantry. When Dan requested I make cookies, he suggested I mix in reese's cups instead of chocolate chips (he's a genius, right?). So, we promptly sat on the couch and had a reese's peanut butter cup unwrapping party. 30 minutes and what looked like about 500 foil wrappers later, we had about 43 reese's cups in a bowl. How tempting it was to just sit there and eat it like popcorn.... but alas, our willpower won (well, MINE did, I can't say the same for Daniel... he ate about every other one that he unwrapped), and we stuck the bowl in the frig. I measured out the ingredients for my cookies and waited for my butter to soften while my reese's cups were chilling in the freezer. When chilled enough that they were hard, I put them in my food processor and pulsed until it looked like this:

Perfect for mixing in to cookies!

For the cookie recipe, I chose Martha Stewart's Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies because I've been reading such good reviews on it lately. The only change I made was to sub in my chopped reese's cups for both the semisweet and milk chocolate chips called for in the recipe.

The cookies came out very good. Martha's recipe produced a very nice, soft, kind of light and cakey cookie, and the reese's cup flavor is excellent. Next time, I would repeat the Reese's Cup add-in idea, but would probably use a sturdier, more dense & chewy cookie. But don't get me wrong, they're still delicious! I might also pulse the food processor a little less and use slightly bigger chunks.

I did not flatten the cookies out like the recipe said, so my cookies are kinda lumpy and ugly... but who says ugly can't be tasty?

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies adapted from Martha Stewart's Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies.
1 1/4 C All purpose Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
7 tblspn unsalted butter, softened
1/4 C granulated sugar
1/4 C packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, room temp
1 tsp vanilla
3 tablespoons sour cream
~43 miniature reese's peanut butter cups, frozen and chopped

Preheat to 350. Whisk flour, salt, and baking soda together to combine. Cream the butter and sugars together until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add the flour mixture in 2 batches alternately with the sour cream. Beat until just combined - Don't overbeat! Stir in reese's cups. Cover, and chill for at least 10 minutes.

Using a 1 to 1 1/2 inch cookie scoop and drop on to parchment lined baking sheets (you will probably need a teaspoon to ease the sticky dough out of the scoop and on to the baking sheet. Bake 12 - 15 minutes, until cookies are slightly golden.


Sara said...

Oh boy...these are my kinda cookie! Cookies are my favorite treat and adding the best candy ever, Reese's PB Cups, just sounds amazing! Great recipe.

Donna-FFW said...

Oh.. they do not look ugly at all to me!! They sound wonderful actually!!

Tami said...

Wow, oh, Wow! These little gems looks good! I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

Ingrid_3Bs said...

Those cookies are NOT ugly! You crazy? They both sound and look fabulous!!! And cookies are one of the few desserts that I can easily pass up as I won't eat them if they aren't hot out of the oven.

Any left over? 'Cause I can be over in what like an hour plus? I'll stop for some ice cream,mmmm, wouldn't that be yummy. Yes, you're right Dan IS a genius AND he can frost a cake like a pro!:-)

jb said...

You can't go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter! The cookies look amazing

unconfidentialcook said...

Everything I love in one little cookie! Divine!

Hayley said...

These cookies look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Sara said...

These look amazing, I just LOVE peanut butter cups. Especially the mini ones :)

A said...

Oh baby. These look orgasmic. I can't even tell you how much I love Reese's.

Kerstin said...

Oh yum - it would be super dangerous to have these at our house - I would have no self-control! They look fantastic.

Elyse said...

Oh, Stephanie: these cookies aren't even close to ugly. They're beautiful!! In fact, I can't imagine a better tasting cookie. I adore Reese's (good idea to put them in the cookies, Daniel!). I hear you with the foil-unwrapping parties. It's real work!! Haha, and I love that you contemplated popping these in your mouth like popcorn. A girl of my own heart! The cookies look fantastic. My only wish is that I could have a few!

Reeni said...

They look incredibly delicious! I love PB cups. Not at all ugly!!

Nina said...

I had no more brown sugar, so I subb that with white sugar and they came out really pretty. All white and the reese's pb cup were the only color. It was pretty nice =).
I just hope that the soldiers I made them for liked them as well.
Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Amanda said...

WOw these look great!


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