Thursday, September 11, 2008

peanut butter heaven

I had a craving to bake Saturday night (my god, I'm boring) and Brett requested something with peanut butter and chocolate. This recipe from the divine Ms. M (no, the other one) looked perfect, so we tried it.
They were SO good. Totally worth the effort of making cookies, not mention the calories. Highly recommend it! By the way, I think they are also good frozen. Not that I snuck any out of the bag in the freezer...
just a hunch :)

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar, for rolling dough
36 mini peanut butter cups, chilled and unwrapped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using an electric mixer, cream peanut butter and butter in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add brown sugar; beat until combined, scraping down bowl as needed. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until incorporated.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. With mixer on low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture in two batches.
Scoop off dough by the tablespoon; roll into balls. Place granulated sugar on a plate; roll balls in sugar, coating completely. Place 2 inches apart on a nonstick insulated baking sheet.
Bake until cookies begin to puff up slightly, about 7 minutes. Remove from oven. Press one peanut butter cup in center of each cookie. Return to oven; continue baking until cookies are golden brown and chocolate has begun to melt, about 6 minutes more. Let cool at least 10 minutes on baking sheet before transferring cookies to rack to cool completely.


L said...

I consider myself a cook, but not a baker. However, this might inspire me. I'm going to try to make pumpkin bread tonight for C's visit!

Mmmmmm.... coookkkies. Thank God I don't bake.

eyeheartorange said...

Yeah, baking is dangerous... Usually I bake and then bring the goods to work to share. But now I just leave 'em at the boy's house and have one when I go there. Works beautifully!

Courtney said...

I love baking. In Maryland, I would always just eat one (cupcake, muffin, brownie, etc.) and send the rest into work with Andrew.

Here, there are only 2 of them in his office...I have yet to use the bottom of my new ovens!

JuneBug said...

Oh how I love to bake. Where's the picture of this deliciousness?

eyeheartorange said...

ha ha, June! I know, it's sort of a blog faux pas to talk about a recipe and not show a pic. Maybe I'll do a follow up.