These Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Explosion Cookies are filled with peanut butter cups and Reese’s Pieces to make for the perfect (but not overly peanut buttery) cookie. They’re soft, they’re moist, and you won’t be able to keep your hands off of them.
Where are all my chocolate and peanut butter lovers at??
I’ve got something special for you guys today.
So, you usually don’t see a whole lot of chocolate + peanut butter desserts over here on this space. What is going on, you ask? Well, truth be told, Jay is out of his mind and doesn’t usually care for peanut butter in his desserts.
I know…I know.
And as much as I’ll always be a chocolate + caramel girl, there is still something to be said about the amazing combo that is chocolate and peanut butter. Wouldn’t you agree?
I got it in my head that I wanted to make a new cookie, and one that was filled with all sorts of peanut butter candies. But I thought that maybe…just maybe…I could bring Jay over from the dark side if I kept the cookie base non-peanut butter. So that’s what I did with these little pieces of heaven.
A soft, moist chocolate chip cookie base is paired with mini peanut butter cups, Reese’s pieces (you could also use peanut butter m&m’s, too!), and chocolate chips to make (what I believe to be) the most perfect chocolate and peanut butter filled cookie EVER.
And better yet? Jay actually ate them. You guys, he NEVER eats peanut butter in his desserts, so that’s telling you something!
Alex wanted in but, unfortunately, he’s still got a good ways to go before he can indulge.
And Lucas was also quite the fan, although he was more excited about the actual candies on the plate than he was the cookies.
Speaking of the candy, I’m excited to once again be teaming up with the National Confectioners Association for this post. NCA is committed to spreading the word on practicing moderation, especially now that Halloween season is upon us.
I’m sure that many of you will be participating in and/or celebrating Halloween in some form this year (here’s a fun infographic on how Americans will be celebrating!), and I have no doubt that you’ll have some peanut butter cups in your possession, too.
So go ahead and do yourself a favor by putting some of them to use and making these cookies.
And just in case you’re worried you won’t be able to control yourself around them, the good news is that the recipe only makes about 12-16 cookies, depending on how big you want them. So that’s basically built in portion control, right? 😉
Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life
Yields 12 cookies
Chocolate + peanut butter lovers, unite! These chocolate chip cookies are exploding with peanut butter cups and Reese's Pieces to make for the perfect (but not overly peanut buttery) cookie. They're soft, moist, and you won't be able to keep your hands off of them.
10 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 1 stick salted butter, melted but not hot
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup Reese’s Pieces or Peanut Butter m&m’s
- 1/4 cup mini peanut butter cups, halved, or chopped peanut butter cups
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Using a stand mixer or electric beaters, beat butter with both sugars until creamy.
- Add vanilla and egg; beat on low speed until just incorporated - 10-15 seconds or so (if you beat the egg for too long, the cookies will get stiff).
- Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Use a spatula or your hands to press the dough together until it is just combined (it should form one large ball that is easy to handle).
- Add the chocolate chips and peanut butter candies and incorporate with your hands or a spatula.
- Roll the dough into 12-16 balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes if making 12 (*if making 16, check around 7-8 minutes) until cookies look puffy and dry and just barely golden. **DO NOT OVERBAKE. Take them out even if they look like they're not done yet!
- Cool and enjoy!
I hope you guys enjoy these as much as we do!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association. Thank you for your continued support of STSL! <3