YumJimmy recently had a birthday, and to help him celebrate, I thought I'd send him off to work with some sweet treats for his co-workers. Last year's treat was an intense labor of love, so this year I decided to take it easy.
I was inspired by the million-dollar winning Pillsbury Bake-Off recipe and used it, along with a delicious peanut butter recipe from Melissa Murphy's new book, to come up with some treats. The cookies are deliciously chewy peanut butter cookies, with chocolate chips and a surprise mini Reese's Peanut Cup in the middle. To make these treats for yourself, read more.
I used the recipe below and made three different types of cookies. First I used 1/3 of the dough and made regular peanut butter cookies as instructed. Next I used another 1/3 of the dough and shoved a mini peanut butter cup in the middle. Finally I used the last of the dough, added a few handfuls of chocolate chips, and then shoved a peanut butter cup into that. These were the favorite, although the plain recipe is quite delicious.
The baking time didn't change: It was about 12 minutes for all three types. In total I made 18 cookies. There are captions on all of the photos if you're wondering how to make the variations.
From The Sweet Melissa Baking Book by Melissa Murphy Ingredients 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter Directions
Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
From The Sweet Melissa Baking Book by Melissa Murphy
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- The ingredients
- The butter was frozen, so I shredded it in order for it to cream easily, without having to wait for it to defrost.
- Mixing the wet.
- Whisking the dry.
- Set the rounded ball of dough on the cookie sheet and use a flat-bottomed glass to smoosh it out a bit.
- Cookies in the oven.
- Adding the peanut butter cup.
- Surround the cup with dough, this is halfway through. You could bake it like this, but I preferred them hidden.
- There's a peanut butter cup hidden inside!
- Regular cookies.
- Nom nom nom!
- Cross-section of the peanut butter cup.
- With the remaining dough (1/3 of the batch), I threw in a few handfuls of chocolate chip chunks.
- Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies with a hidden pb cup surprise!
- Cookie time!