Thursday, September 23, 2010

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

These cookies are more like tiny cakes with a dollop of fluffy peanut butter frosting on top. The frosting alone is worth making as a topping for other baked goods, or as my mom does, on graham cracker sandwiches.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
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Chocolate Cake Cookies
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup butter, softened to nearly melted
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 (18.25 ounce) box chocolate cake mix, any kind
1 recipe Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting, below
1 (12 ounce) bag Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures, cut in half

1. Line two cookie sheets with parchment and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Place all the ingredients except the cake mix in a mixing bowl and beat well to combine. Add the cake mix and mix just until incorporated. Scoop with a standard (size 50) cookie scoop 2 inches apart onto parchment. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until no longer wet looking. Rest on the cookie sheet for a couple minutes and then move to a cooling rack.

3. Once cool pipe with Peanut Butter Frosting, garnish top with half a peanut butter cup.

Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting
This stuff is so good you might as well just skip the cookies and dig into the frosting.

3/4 cup Jiff Creamy Peanut Butter
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1/3 and up to 1/2 cup whole milk
½ teaspoon real vanilla extract
1 pound powdered sugar

Beat the ingredients together with a mixer starting with 1/3 cup milk. Mix well and add more milk if needed. Beat on high speed for 4 more minutes until fluffy.

Makes about 52 cookies

Recipe and photograph by Laura Flowers.


13 comments:

Sue said...

Laura, You simply can't go wrong with peanut butter cups! Your p. butter frosting sound delicious too!

Stephanie @ The Brunette Foodie said...

I need to make this like now. Like this second.

I wonder if it will work with my homemade peanut butter. I have some in the fridge...

Joanne said...

This frosting seems dangerous. Which really means I plan on making it and eating it all within the next 48 hours. Holy yum.

Pink Little Cake said...

Laura, this frosting sounds like heaven. I think I would like to try it with my banana cake and a layer of milk chocolate ganache..YUM

reciperhapsody said...

Peanut butter and chocolate. A match made in heaven!

Monet said...

Laura, these sound like they would taste heavenly...but my goodness...they look out of this world! You did such a wonderful job with your presentation. These should be on the cover of a magazine. Thanks for sharing!

notyet100 said...

whenever i come here theres always some treat waiting,..:-)

Jennifer said...

They really do look melt-in-your-mouth heavenly!!!

Joy said...

Ohhh I love the fluffy peanut butter frosting.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

These look great! Peanut butter and chocolate is one of my family's favorite combos, so I know these would be a huge hit!

Kathryn said...

Those look so amazingly decadent and delicious! I love peanut buttery desserts :) My co-blogger recently made peanut butter bars with chocolate ganache and they were amazing!

Ryane said...

Loving your "rebellious" style and tips on using cake mixes to bake cookies with!

one thing though... on your tabbed menu under "cookies" when you click 'cake mix cookies' it brings you to posts tagged as 'cookie mix cookies', and then vise versa when you click for 'cookie mix cookies' it brings you to posts tagged as 'cake mix cookies'... I mean, hey, maybe that was one purpose but if not... now you know!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Thank-you for the info! I hope it's fixed now.

L

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