If you love peanut butter cookies, this is the cookie recipe for you.
Soft, chewy, and delightfully oversized, they’re made with a creamy peanut butter base and absolutely loaded with crunchy, chocolate-y goodness: Reese’s Pieces, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, chocolate chips, and chopped peanuts! Plus these cookies bake up super pretty and colorful, making them a great choice for gifting.
This recipe makes about fifteen large (3.5″ diameter) cookies. However, you could easily roll smaller dough balls to produce about 25-30 standard-size cookies. Either way, be sure to allow a few inches of space when placing your dough on the cookie sheets, as these cookies will spread quite a bit as they bake.
As a side note, these definitely turn out best when baked on a silicone mat, as it helps to prevent the candy pieces from sticking to the tray. I like my Vremi silicone baking mats. However, you could bake these directly on an ungreased cookie sheet if necessary. Also, for best results use a commercial peanut butter which contains some sugar. I’m a huge fan of NYC-based Peanut Butter & Company, so I made these cookies using The Bee’s Knees by Peanut Butter & Co. However, any sweetened peanut butter–Peter Pan, Skippy, etc–would work just as well.
Creative Peanut Butter Cookies
- Mix up your add-ins! For this batch I used Reese’s Pieces, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, chocolate chips, and crushed peanuts. However, you could sub in any peanut butter candy you wish. Some possibilities include chopped Snickers or Mr. Goodbar, peanut butter chips, peanut (or peanut butter) M&Ms, chocolate-covered peanuts, and anything else you can think of!
- Play around with peanut butters. I used The Bee’s Knees by Peanut Butter & Co., which contains honey. Their Dark Chocolate Dreams or White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter would work nicely, too. And, this Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread sounds like it could be a fantastic addition to these peanut butter cookies!
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