Saturday, January 5, 2008

Peanut butter suprise cookies

These are my all time FAVORITE cookies. YUM! I gain about five pounds just thinking about them.

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 (spooned and leveled)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup granulated sugar, for rolling dough

36 mini peanut butter cups, chilled and unwrapped

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.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

With mixer on low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture in two batches.

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.

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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