So last week I shared a recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly cookies. They were so yummy, and disappeared in the Monkey’s belly within about 3 days. AND he’s still begging me to make more. Rarely have I seem him get so excited about any baked good– he does like straight chocolate, but that’s different. So I got to thinking– he loves peanut butter, so maybe I should see what other delicious peanut butter desserts are out there. And let me tell you, the blogosphere is filled with so many delectable and delicious looking desserts. I started pinning them, and then decided they needed their own board. And then I thought, I should share the best of the desserts with you. So here are seven amazing peanut butter desserts that make me drool.
We have a picky eater in our house. A really picky eater. My three year old likes maybe 5 foods in this whole world. Okay, I’m probably exaggerating. He will eat maybe 12 things. On a good week. Peanut Butter is one of them. Since he refuses to eat all meat, dairy and Peanut Butter are important foods for him. The other day, the Monkey told me that he had a “great idea.” What if, we made a Peanut Butter and Jelly “Cuh-Ee!” I wondered why it wouldn’t be possible to make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie using a variation of the basic Peanut Butter Blossom recipe, and adding Jelly to make them a PB&J Thumbprint cookie. Rarely do I get a baking challenge from my enthusiastic helper, so I decided to do a little digging for a recipe.
Chocolate and peanut butter are a beloved combination around here. (Who am I kidding, they are a beloved combination just about everywhere, right?!) Well, I’ve shared several variations of the chocolate peanut butter cookie already: you can see this Chocolate and Reese’s Chip Cookie recipe , or try my favorite Devil’s Food Cake Cookie with Reese’s Chips recipe here. A while ago I was shopping at the grocery store, and I saw a “Fall Favorites” Taste of Home magazine. I already get Taste of Home delivered to my house, but this was one of those cute, little magazines. I started flipping through it, and really liked a lot of the recipes that I saw, so picked it up. When I got home I found that there was another Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cookie recipe in the magazine. After having the boys eye all of the candy sitting on the kitchen counter for a few days, I made the cookies over the weekend. The recipe was quite a success, so I thought I’d share how I made them with you. (I tried to find the exact recipe on the Taste of Home website, but I didn’t have much luck.)
This summer we went to visit my mother-in-law in Florida, and spend a little time with Mellow Man’s family. While I was down there, she told me that Peanut Butter Blossom cookies were Mellow Man’s favorite cookies. I had no idea. Up until that point, I assumed that he generally liked all cookies, and he had generally eaten Gingerbread Men and Chocolate Chip cookies. I asked him if he liked Peanut Butter Blossoms, and he said that he did. He went on to explain that they weren’t his very favorite, but they were the cookies that he grew up with. I thought I’d spice the cookies up with dark chocolate Hershey’s Kisses, rather than the regular Hershey kisses.
I’ve had a hankering for some yummy chocolate peanut butter chip cookies for a few weeks now. Mellow Man says that he was tired of hearing me say that I want them, and then not bake them. The reason I wasn’t rushing into anything was that I was searching for the best recipe I could find. I first had chocolate peanut butter chip cookies on Election Day 2000. I remember this because: 1) The 2000 Election is hard to forget; 2) The school where I voted decided to host a PTA bake sale in front of the polling room. (I should mention this to Frog’s PTA, as it’s a brilliant idea.) Now Mellow Man loves Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, they are one of his favorite candies, so I really wanted to make these for him. I finally got around to buying some Reese’s peanut butter chips about two weeks ago, and I looked at the recipe on the back of the chips. It was the recipe I remembered, and I couldn’t wait to try it out. However, I’ve also got nearly 13 years of baking under my belt since 2000, so I decided to tinker a bit. I’m very pleased with the Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip cookies that I ended up creating.
Here’s the recipe I used:
2 1/2 Sticks of Butter, softened (1 1/4 Cups).
1 Cup White/Granulated Sugar
3/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
2 Large Eggs
2 Tsp Natural Vanilla
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
3/4 Unsweetened Cocoa
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 10oz bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips
1 King-Sized Bag of Reese’s Pieces
Instructions: While Butter is softening, mix dry ingredients in large bowl (e.g., flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt). Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream softened butter with sugar until mixture is fluffy and light. Add eggs and beat well. Add Vanilla. Slowly add in the bowl of dry ingredients and mix thoroughly until the dough is light and fluffy. Pour in the bag of chips and mix at a low setting. Scoop cookie dough and drop onto cookie sheet, sprinkle Reese’s Pieces on top. I cooked the cookies for 9 minutes, and had to stick a couple of the batches back in.
They are very rich and delicious. Definitely served best with an ice cold glass of milk. A little definitely goes a long way, but the funny thing is, they are almost gone… Yum!