Do you love peanut butter? Do you love peanut butter candies? Do you love chocolate chip cookies? Do you love crunchy, sweet, mouthwatering, flavor explosions? Do you want me to hurry and share this recipe before you die of anticipation?
If you said yes to at least one of the questions, you need to make these cookies right away. They are phenomenal hybrid of peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies, and everything about them screams Halloween and October to me–bright colorful Halloween colors, and an exaggerated use of candy. In short, it’s everything October should be! Give them a try.
Peanut Butter Candy Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter
2 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 pounds peanut butter candies (such as Reese’s Pieces)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small saucepan, melt butter on low heat. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside. Combine sugars and melted butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer until a thick paste forms. Add peanut butter and mix well. In a small bowl, beat eggs and then stir in vanilla and milk. Add egg mixture to sugar mixture and mix for about 60 seconds, or until well combined. Slowly add in flour mixture, followed by the chocolate chips.
Pour peanut butter candy in a separate bowl. Scoop and form generous balls of dough with your hands (the dough will be soft), and then roll each one in the candy. Place candy-coated dough balls on a prepared cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer cookies to a baking rack and allow to cool before serving.