Saturday, April 13, 2013

Peanut Butter Cookies {Three Ways}

With the hubby out of town this weekend I found myself in the baking mode. I've had these in mind gosh for a long time now, I grabbed a bag of cookies n' cream kisses back in February and am just now getting around to using them. We have this cute little specialty food store in town that I love to visit every so often. I always buy my baking vanilla from there as well as many of the sprinkles I use for cakes, cupcakes and cookies. I grabbed a one-pound container of their freshly ground natural peanut butter Friday afternoon while I was there and immediately knew I had to make some cookies with it.

We still have some candy sitting around from Easter, the kids aren't really interested in it any more so it was the perfect opportunity to use some of it. I took my basic peanut butter cookie recipe and wrapped the dough around miniature Snickers bars. I also made some with the cookies n' cream kisses in the middle instead of regular chocolate stars or kisses, these were really good!

I also had the jar of Nutella on the counter so I thought, "what the heck?".  I made sort of a thumbprint cookie with Nutella in the middle. Mackenzie, our youngest really liked these. I had to put a stop to her though, she was only eating the chocolate out of the middle and leaving the cookie on the table. Silly girl!

I ended up with a nice assortment of cookies and only had to use one kind of dough. Of course, we don't need all of these cookies in our house at one time so I froze a lot of cookie dough balls, that way I can grab a few whenever we feel like fresh baked cookies.

Peanut Butter Cookies

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 c peanut butter
1 c sugar
1 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-1/2 c flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda

In a large bowl cream together butter and peanut butter. Add in both sugars and mix together well. Add in eggs and vanilla, mix until fully incorporated. Gradually add in salt, baking soda and flour and mix well.

For plain cookies: Roll dough into balls, dip into bowl of granulated sugar. Place onto prepared cookie sheet, make crisscross design with fork. Bake at 350 for 9 mins.

For peanut butter-Snicker cookies: Wrap about 1 tbsp of dough around a mini Snickers bar and roll into a ball. Place onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 9-10 mins at 350.

For peanut butter kiss cookies:  Using a small cookie scoop, take dough and roll into a ball. Dip into bowl of granulated sugar and place onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 9 mins., immediately place chocolate kiss in the middle.

For Nutella thumbprint cookies: Using a small cookie scoop, take dough and roll into a ball. Dip into bowl of granulated sugar, place onto prepared cookie sheet. Using a wooden spoon, make an indent in the middle with the handle. Fill the middle with Nutella and bake at 350 for 9 mins.

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