Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup CookiesI had an exciting surprise waiting in my inbox. When first saw that I had an email from Chantel at  Davidson’s Safest Choice® Eggs, I wasn’t alerted to anything unusual. Last summer, when I attended the St. Louis Food Media Forum, Davidson’s was a sponsor. I love using their eggs. (Good-bye salmonella concerns. Hello raw cookie dough and unbaked French Silk pie!) So, I was happy to add my name their mailing list. Now I occasionally get emails from them with recipes or, even better, coupons. A recent email had offered registering for a contest with several baking prize packages. I often sign-up for contests but I absolutely never win. Just press submit and forget about it. When I finally read Chantel’s email I was amazed and, quite honestly, tickled pink! She said I had won a prize (surely this had to have been the Grand Prize) consisting of (1) $200 Amex gift card, one Sur La Table® Platinum Professional Bakeware, 7-Piece Set, one Sur La Table® Silicone Snowman Spatulas, Set of 2, Better Homes and Gardens Baking: More than 350 Recipes Plus Tips and Techniques cookbook, and 52 coupons for a free dozen of Davidson’s Safest Choice® Eggs!This post is not sponsored in any way, nor is it a requirement of the contest. I just wanted to publicly offer my sincere thanks to Davidson’s Safest Choice® Eggs!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup CookiesChocolate Peanut Butter Cup CookiesThe Amex gift card is going toward the Canon Rebel Ti I have been dreaming about. Improving photography on The Monday Box is a major goal of mine. This photographer has a lot to learn. Food styling and photography is a lot harder than I thought it would be when I jumped into blogging. Appreciating the multitudes of styles used by the multitudes of bloggers, while finding my own photographic voice, is a work in progress.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup CookiesThe bakeware and spatulas were immediately put to use making a bread pudding recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. You can’t send bread pudding in a care package but you sure can enjoy it at home. Every recipe in this 528 page book has a mouth watering photo. I haven’t had time to peruse the book for a care package recipe yet, but there is bound to be one. In the meantime, the photos are a great source of inspiration!

bread pudding

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup CookiesThese Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup cookies have nothing to do with my fantastic prize package other than they were baked on my new cookie sheet using a Davidson’s Safest Choice® egg from my first free dozen. (No advantage in using a pasteurized egg in this recipe, but they work the same as baking with non-pasteurized eggs.)  This is not a unique recipe. It can be found all over the internet, but because it tastes so good and makes such a great short distance care package cookie, I felt it belonged in the Monday Box recipe collection too. If by any chance you haven’t stumbled upon these Peanut Butter Cup cookies elsewhere, you are in luck. If you have seen these but haven’t tried them yet, I urge you to start baking.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup CookiesChocolate Peanut Butter Cup cookies are addictively delicious. They look like they might be overly sweet with all of that candy inside and out, but they aren’t. The salty peanut butter in the candy and the dough seems to cut the sweetness until it is just right. The texture is soft with a slight chew. The candy in the dough mostly melts in, infusing the already chocolate and peanut butter dough with even more flavor. There is a good reason this is such a popular recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Minimally adapted from Annie’s Eats

Makes about 24 cookies

(Printable recipe)

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

6 tablespoons cocoa (I used Dutch processed)

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

¼ cup + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar (dark or light)

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk

1 ½ + ½ cups coarsely chopped miniature peanut butter cups (1- 12 oz package)

                      (Freezing the peanut butter cups for at least 30 minutes prior to using,

                        makes unwrapping, chopping, and folding into batter easier.)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, wisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).
  • Beat in  egg and vanilla until smooth
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
  • Gently fold in 1 ½ cups chopped peanut butter cups.
  • Using large (2 tablespoon) scoop, place dough on prepared baking sheet 2”-3” apart. For flatter cookies press down slightly with finger tips. (Thicker cookies are better for mailing as they stay soft longer.)
  • Gently press 3 or pieces of chopped peanut butter cup onto the top of each cookie.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes until tops of cookies look set. (Cookies will continue to firm up out of the oven. Over baking will give you a dry cookie.)
  • Cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cook completely.
  • If wrapping in plastic wrap for mailing, place the cookies in the refrigerator or freezer for about 10 minutes to harden the peanut butter cup pieces on top of the cookie.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Cookies wrapped in plastic then stored in an airtight container stay fresh up to 7 days.

 Packing tips: Double wrap pairs of cookies in plastic wrap with bottoms together. Place wrapped cookies in a column inside an airtight container or ziplock bag (with as much air squeezed out as possible).

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16 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

  1. Wendy – I am so, so happy for you on your prize winnings!! : ) It is so exciting and what awesome prizes!! And I know just how you feel. I never expect to win anything (and don’t!) but once time…my husband and I put our names down for some anniversary giveaway at this Japanese grocery store/plaza…a few weeks later, we’re there and on the winner’s chart is my husband’s name. We were laughing so hard and thrilled people passing might have thought we’d won something huge!! It was a big of rice! We were so happy and still are thinking about it…

    These cookies look terrific, btw! : )

    • Thanks, Monica! I honestly don’t remember ever winning any contest before. I think getting picked to win anything (even a bag of rice) is fun. You take a wild chance and your name gets drawn! Knowing your culinary talents, you probably used that rice with something delicious! :)

  2. how exciting!! and what a fantastic prize to win; so much great stuff! I can’t wait until you get the big camera: there’s definitely a learning process when you switch cameras, and it can be frustrating, but i bet you’ll get the hang of it and be on your way in no time! congratulations.

    also, these cookies: is it embarrassing that i want them and it’s not even 9 am? a little. :)

    • Thanks, Shannon! I was so excited! Being thrilled about $200 is obvious, but not everyone in the world understands how exciting 52 free dozen eggs is for a baker. :) I think photography is the biggest challenge in creating a post. I figure that having the right equipment is step one. Learning how to use that equipment may be steps two thru gazillion.:) I am anticipating the frustration. Though my son swears you can learn anything on Youtube, I may go the camera class plus instruction manual route.
      Also, I see no reason not to eat a peanut butter cup cookie at 9 am. Surely the peanut butter offers a tiny bit of protein which is more than I can say for a waffle or pancake and syrup. Life is short. Eat cookies (in moderation) whenever you feel inspired to do so! :)

    • Thank you, Chris, the prize really is exciting! Though I appreciate your kind words about the cookies and I do consider them prize worthy, they didn’t actually win anything. My lucky win was completely random. :)

  3. So cool! I never win any contests! That is super awesome that you did! I have been eying these cookies on Annie’s site for a long time – they look so delicious! Plus, with the peanut butter / chocolate combo you just can’t go wrong : ) And now I kinda want a cookie – at 6 am…

    • Thanks, Ashley! I never win any contests either. I guess that is why I am so excited. :)
      I deliberated about whether or not to post a recipe that has already been blogged and reblogged by so many. Ultimately, I decided that if the cookies are delicious (and these ARE) and they work well for care packages (and these DO) then they belong here. :)
      When it is 6 am in North Carolina it is 8pm in Tokyo…a very reasonable cookie eating time. Actually, it is always a reasonable cookie eating time. :)

  4. Congratulations on winning such an incredible prize! I never win so I never enter contests but hey, who knows? I should start throwing my name out there. As for these cookies – damn they look good! I wish I were eating a batch of them right now!

    • Thanks, Nancy! If a contest plops down in front of me and all I have to do is press a button to enter, I figure, why not? I don’t seek out contests andI have to fill in a lot of info then I don’t enter. I have never won anything before so I am not sure why I kept doing it. The rule must be enter gazillion times over the course of 56 years and at some point you will win something. :)
      The cookies had to be mailed out quickly or there would not have been enough left to send!

  5. That is so cool that you won! Congratulations! It is so exciting about the camera, and the eggs! Not sure which is more exciting. :)

    Have fun with the camera. I know when we got one I was sort of afraid of it in the beginning. Get it out and use it! It will get easier with practice, and preferably not when you are trying to get a blog post out there. Give yourself the gift of unpressured time to learn the ins and outs and enjoy your new toy!

    I love those cookies – they look so tall and nicely cakey/chewy. I am not a crispy cookie person and these look like they would be perfect. And I have a few huge PB cups that my husband got me for a joke Christmas present. I need to chop them up and make these cookies! But they really aren’t on my eating plan. Oh well, maybe I’ll make them, eat one and give the rest away. Or wait until my cheat/treat day on the weekend! ;)

    • Thanks, Sarah! When I responded to the email saying I had won, I told them quite honestly that of all the wonderful things in the package,I was almost giddy over the 52 dozen free eggs. :) Good to know that either I am not totally odd or at least I am part of an elite group of egg enthusiasts! :)
      Shannon gave me almost identical advise about the camera! I will do my best to listen and be patient with the learning curve. I am even thinking of taking a lesson from someone at Creve Coeur Camera just to jump start my understanding.
      Having a baking blog makes eating plans difficult for me. My only solution is to get the goodies out of the house as quickly as possible! :)

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