Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

These adorable things have been one of my favorite goody to bake for the market recently. Everyone has been going crazy over them and I can't keep them on the table long enough.....but with this much candy what's not to love? You start with a peanut butter cookie base, add a Reeses peanut butter cup to the middle and top with mini marshmallows, then drizzle with a chocolate ganache and finish them off with some mini M&M's.  They are incredibly easy to make and both adults and kids alike love them! Add these to your baking list for this fall and holiday season, you won't regret it!

Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies


2 cups creamy peanut butter

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

24 mini Reeses peanut butter cups, unwrapped

mini marshmallows

2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon water

Mini M&Ms


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine peanut butter, sugar and eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until well combined. Divide the dough evenly between 24 wells of a mini-muffin pan (There will be some extra dough leftover, but do so to leave room for the candy) Make an indentation in the center of each dough ball. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until almost done. Remove from the oven and press a peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie until it's flush with the top of the dough. Top each cookie with 3-4 mini marshmallows. Return pan to oven and bake 2-3 minutes more, until the marshmallows have puffed up. Transfer pan to a wire cooling rack and allow cookies to cool completely in the pan before removing them. (This is an important step, if tired to remove while still slightly warm, they won't come out all the way and crumble)

Once the cookies are completely cooled, transfer them to a wire rack over a sheet of wax paper. Place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl. Bring the cream, sugar and water to a boil, then pour the liquid over the chocolate and let sit for 30 seconds. Gently whisk the mixture together until smooth. Leave the glaze to sit until it thickens a bit to your desired consistency, then drizzle over tops of cookies. Sprinkle with mini M&Ms before the glaze hardens.

Makes 24 cookies

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