Friday, September 21, 2012

Easy Peanut Butter Cup Surprise Cookies {Recipe}

Do you ever get a burst of inspiration for a recipe? Well, that's what happened for us Monday. I say "us" because Hubster actually helped me come up with this recipe idea. (Remember one of my date ideas from last week was to bake cookies together? Tada!!) And I gotta say, it's perhaps one of the easiest "special" cookies I've ever made. 

Here's what we did:

1. I mixed up a batch of basic sugar cookies (in this case, for ease and simplicity and quickness, I used a Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix, plus the butter and egg to make the dough - and I have no shame admitting that!!)

2. Cut some Reese's mini peanut butter cups in half - you know the ones that have their own foil and paper wrappers?

3. Take a tablespoon scoop of dough and flatten it out into a circle.

4. Place one half of a mini Reese's cup in the center and pull the edges up to close it in.

5. See how you can't tell there's anything in there? Bake as normal - checking frequently toward the end.

Everyone was quite pleased with the yummy-ummy results of less than 30 minutes from idea to eating. (And yes, I am aware that my baking sheet looks yucky. I normally use foil or parchment paper with my baking sheets — sugar cookies do better straight on the metal — but this is THE ORIGINAL cookie sheet from when we first got married over 9 years ago. Needless to say, it's seen a LOT of oven time.) :-)

See how they look pretty much normal from the outside, but with ooey-gooey chocolate and peanut butter on the inside? So delicious! And with only 4 total ingredients - so easy and inexpensive! We will do this again!

Have you made anything new lately? I'm imagining all kinds of baking possibilities to incorporate some of the inevitable candy coming up with Halloween... What are your favorite candy-using recipes?

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