Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookies

Going through my junk mail is a Tuesday night project... tonight I found a Betty Crocker mail bundle in my pile - I threw it away but not before ripping out this recipe and adapting it and baking the cookies immediately.

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)
Mini Reece's peanut butter cups (see photo)
Granulated Sugar

1.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.  In large bowl, beat brown sugar, butter, peanut butter, and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy.  On low speed beat in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Add vanilla extract and then stir in chocolate chips.

2.  Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls around one Reece's Mini Peanut Butter Cup.  Dip tops of cookies into granulated sugar.  Place balls, sugar side up, on ungreased cookie sheets approximately 2 inches apart.  Do not flatten cookies.

3.  Bake 9-12 minutes or until light brown.  Cool 5 minutes then remove from cookie sheet and cool completely on cooling racks.

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