There’s not much better than a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, unless of course you bake it into a gooey chocolate chip cookie. And why not? When it comes to sweets, there are no rules at all. So, we took one of the best candies known to man and baked it into one of the most classic desserts known to man. With a dash of creativity and a little tweaking and fine tuning with the logistics of baking, we formed a dessert that is second to none – one that will leave you begging for more.
The best part? The versatility of the final product. Let’s start with the recipe itself, and then we’ll really show you how to win with this recipe.
2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup of butter
¾ cup of packed brown sugar
¾ cup of granulated sugar
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups (1 package) of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 package of single regular sized Reese Cups (about 15-20 per package)
First, make your dough. Preheat the oven for 350 degrees, combine your butter and sugars and beat until lightly fluffy. Slowly add in your eggs and vanilla extract, and then once that’s thoroughly mixed, beat in your flour, baking soda and salt. Once blended well and mixed together, fold in your chocolate chips.
Once your dough is finished, prepare a couple of parchment paper lined baking sheets for your next steps. Unwrap each individual package of Reese’s for a quick process of grabbing and stuffing.
Take a spoonful of cookie dough, and flatten it slightly so it’s about a centimeter thick and fully encompassing the girth of the Reese cup. Take the same size scoop of cookie dough, and place on top of the cup. Pinch the edges together to fully enclose the peanut butter cup. Bear in mind that the rounder side of the cookie will serve as the top, while the flatter side will serve as the bottom. Pay attention as you place each cookie on the parchment paper that you don’t put them upside down, as this will cause an odd distribution of weight within the cookie cup, and may not come out just as you envision.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Here’s where you can really, really win: in the versatility of how you serve it. For starters – milk and cookies is a classic for a reason, it’s amazing. A little too traditional or boring for you? Try serving under a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. Maybe throw a little hot fudge on top of that. Maybe top with some whipped cream.
Or, try changing up the recipe! The possibilities are endless – Heath Bar stuffed chocolate chip cookies, Twix or Snicker stuffed chocolate chip cookies, and Hershey Bar stuffed chocolate chip cookies are all legitimate recipes to try, and they all start with the recipe above. Go for it… try it out! We promise you won’t be disappointed.
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