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Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

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These cookies will have a moist, brownielike texture the day you make them and get crispier the following day.

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  • Yield: Makes 36

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2003

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, for rolling dough
  • 36 mini chocolate peanut butter cups, chilled and unwrapped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using an electric mixer, cream peanut butter and butter in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add brown sugar; beat until combined, scraping down bowl as needed. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until incorporated.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. With mixer on low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture in 2 batches.

  3. Scoop off dough by the tablespoon; roll into balls. Place granulated sugar on a plate; roll balls in sugar, coating completely. Place 2 inches apart on a nonstick insulated baking sheet.

  4. Bake until cookies begin to puff up slightly, about 7 minutes. Remove from oven. Press one peanut butter cup in center of each cookie. Return to oven; continue baking until cookies are golden brown and chocolate has begun to melt, about 6 minutes more. Let cool at least 10 minutes on baking sheet before transferring cookies to rack to cool completely.

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  • netgrannyjo
    27 APR, 2017
    Why can't I save this recipe to my recipe box. I am a subscriber for many years. It says there is an error. Can this be fixed???? Johanna Stasolla - jtstasolla@verizon.net
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  • linda.r.sapp@gmail.com
    12 FEB, 2017
    I make a basic cookie recipe like the one here or chocolate chip cookies before adding pb cups or the chocolate chips. Roll a small ball, flatten it big enough to hold a York Mint, put another round dough on top, seal really well, bake at regular cookie temp (i use 325) till browned to your liking. I like mine not too dark so it's still soft but done. You don't have to tell people who try one what they are; they look like a regular cookie but wow! what a delight to bite into! Surprise! Learned this while living in Germany!
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  • shangella@yahoo.ca
    18 DEC, 2016
    Love this recipe. I make them without the mini reese cup and I add chocolate chips instead. Everyone loves them and they are easy to make. It's my go-t0 recipe.
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  • MS112632897
    12 DEC, 2015
    Love these cookies. I make them at Christmas as part of my holiday cookies boxes. They are a favourite and are consistent every time!
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  • Sandra Tau
    21 DEC, 2012
    I roll my Moist peanut butter cup cookie recipe into a small ball..then roll them into the granulated sugar, (or you dont have to) then I put them into miniature cupcake tins that hold 28 cookies at a time... I then press the peanut butter cups into the cookie ball then bake 10 minutes at 350; let cool completely till candy inside is dry and it makes the best peanut butter cup cookies around.. people have loved this recipe of mine fo well over 20 years.
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  • nikkilee123
    24 NOV, 2011
    Definitely for peanut butter lovers! I'm not a huge fan of peanut butter but these are delicious! I did chill the PB cups a few min before I baked them and they came out just like the pic!
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  • shangella@yahoo.ca
    31 MAY, 2011
    This is a great recipe! everytime I make them people can't beleive how good they are. I don't put the rease peanut butter cup in the center. I just make the cookie. The dough is a little hard to work, but you get used to it after a couple scoops. Yummy brownie like texture!!!
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  • aboutapixie
    16 FEB, 2011
    One of my favorite cookies of all time, I share them with my friends and family and everybody loves them!
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  • shangella@yahoo.ca
    29 AUG, 2010
    I always make these for my boyfriends curling league and they all love them!!! i don't put the reeese cup. These cookies have a brownie-ish texture! DEliecious!
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  • riteofcake
    18 APR, 2010
    these were so so so so good! highly recommended, my man-friend's fraternity demands these on a regular basis now ;)
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