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{Soft-Baked} Reese’s Cup-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies



My blogger friends are a damn hard bunch to keep up with.

As a blogger, I’m always trying to be this Martha-esque perfectionist, always baking the perfect cookies, frosting the perfect cupcakes and baking the fudgiest brownies.

Of course I’d love for everyone to flock to me, grovel at my painted toes and get all Wayne’s World on me: “we’re not worthy!!” and praise my culinary creative genius.

Okay, so I totally would not want that because the idea of people–strangers–near my feet is freaky. Also, I’m not good with crowds. And while I can take a compliment gracefully, I really dislike overcomplimenters. You know, the ones that like won’tstop and after awhile it sounds totally awkward and canned? Blah.

But hopefully, you get what I mean. It’s a tough cookie-eat-cookie world I blog in. One where your idea can be posted before you have a chance to because eventually, we’re all going to have our own version of something-stuffed-with-something-awesome. One where you’ll be totally braindead on a certain ingredient and someone else will post something SOINSANELY(infuriatingly)GENIUS that you want to bang your head against a wall repeatedly (oh, that’s not you? Nevermind then, carry on…)

And while I try to aim to please, some days, I just can’t freaking think of anything fascinating that A) hasn’t been done before, B) hasn’t been posted recently on another blog, or C) just, uh, anything. Because I’m human and my brain likes farting a lot. Sorry.

Enter these cookies. The idea, of course, is nothing new, but they’re absolutely marvelous and they begged to be shared with you, my dearest bloggy friends. And if you trust me to bring you exciting, innovative treats that also taste incrediballs, you can bet your booty that the average-joe, plain-jane looking stuff I’ll bring you will be just as outrageously delish.

Pinky swear–it’s what friends do.

{Soft-Baked} Reese’s Cup-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies *cookie base recipe adapted slightly from THIS recipe at Sally’s Baking Addiction

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup chunky peanut butter*
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 & 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
About 24 mini Reese’s cups, unwrapped
Additional white sugar, for rolling

1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Mix in the peanut butter, eggs and vanilla until incorporated. Lastly, slowly add in the baking soda and flour gradually. Do not overmix the dough. Cover and let chill for at least 30 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or lightly mist with cooking spray.
3. Scoop out heaping Tablespoonfuls of dough into your palm. Press a PB cup in the center of the dough ball, then enclose the PB cup with the dough. Roll the dough ball in sugar, then place on the baking sheets. Space dough about 1″ apart from one another.
4. Bake cookies for approx. 8-10 minutes until lightly golden. Cookies will look super soft and may look undone; that’s what you want.
5. Allow cookies to cool on the pan approx. 5-10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to finish cooling. Store leftover cookies airtight, at room temperature, up to 2-3 days… if they make it.
**Note: If you’re a smooth operator, feel free to use 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter in lieu of the crunchy.**

While PB cookies are one of my favorites, I loved that these were soft-baked, meaning they were a lot puffier, softer (duh) and chewy than normal crunchier-baked PB cookies. I liked the additional crunch + texture from the chunky peanut butter, and the peanut butter cup surprise in the middle was gooey and unexpected. They’re totally not your average PB cookie!


xo, Hayley

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  1. they look so good! I have had my eye on Sally’s cookies for awhile and have been wanting to make them and now that I see yours, oh, I am in soft cookie heavy! I love my cookies soft ‘n chewy. No crunchy for me!

  2. These PB cookies are my FAVORITE cookie recipe ever. They are so soft! I have to make them again, you convinced me! And I know what you mean, sometimes I have bakers block! CAn’t come up with anything myself. Love all this PB on PB action Hayley!!

  3. I think you do a fine job creating goodies! When all else fails and your mind goes blank, go to chocolate and peanut butter, you can’t go wrong!! I love soft cookies personally. You can’t go wrong with Reese cups stuffed inside!!!

  4. You don’t even know how much I will devour these. They are my favorite.

  5. I know how you feel!!!! But you’re totally awesome and you rock so you shouldn’t worry. Plus, PB&C is, like, the best thing evvvaahhh!

  6. These are simply wonderful, Hayley!! Who can resist a soft pb cookie stuffed with a pb cup?!

  7. No worries when it comes to Reese’s!! Looks yummy Hayley!!

  8. Heaven with a glass of milk…that’s what these look like – thank you for the introduction ;)

  9. possibly the best cookie ever:) I need to make these now

  10. Hey Haley-you crack me up. I’m a newbie blogger and am stressed trying to keep up trying to be Martha. (Not that I’m complaining! It’s quite crazy fun actually).
    And oh-these cookies make me say “I’m not worthy!” of being in your presence. I’ll stop now before it gets awkward. :)

  11. My brain farts a lot too when it comes to new ideas :) Can totally relate! These look amazing…can never get enough peanut butter in a recipe!

  12. these look SO soft and chewy. i love the hidden reeses cup – how did you know i love surprises and pb & chocolate? you must be a mind reader ;) can you read my mind about how i want these in front of me right now?? yes? come on over! haha

  13. These look SOOOOO good!

  14. I know what you mean. I started my little blog really as a way to share recipes with my family and to keep track of what things my family liked. Now all of a sudden, I feel pressure to come up with all of this STUFF, when really all I want to do is cook/bake and eat. But Hayley, you have nothing to worry about–your posts are always awesome! Just like these cookies–wowza! Who can resist PB cookies and Reese’s???

  15. Just keeping doing your thang and being the creative recipe genius you are! These cookies look awesome btw. Double the peanut butter, double the fun.

  16. I hear you with the constant feeling of having to keep up with other bloggers! These cookies look simply divine! So puffy and soft and stuffed to perfection!

  17. I bet they did not last long?

  18. Okay, I need these right now! Can you overnight ship to Ohio please?!?!

  19. I’m excited I found you. You’re cute & these look amazing.

  20. New idea or not, they look divine!

  21. I second that! Most of my things have been done before (other than that time I made my monster cookies based off marshmallow fluff then put every single candy bar known to man in it). OK, so not every single candy bar, but I did go a leetle crazy! Other days I have brain fog too.

    You don’t need to worry mi’lady. Everything you post I crash my head against the wall thinking why did *I* think of that. Gah! And the Reese’s cup stuffed PB cookies are no exception.

    I don’t know how you manage to post everyday with new creative ideas, put them into action, photograph them, blog them, then visit others’ blogs too. Are you super woman or is there some sort of secret blogger club training I’m yet to discover. C’mon, spill! :)


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