Need a way to use up all that holiday candy in a hurry? These Peanut Butter Reese’s Cookies are a great way to enjoy all that extra holiday candy that you bought and never ate.
Do you make resolutions when the new year begins? I like to make goals to strive for each year. This year I want to work on my quiet time, exercise regularly, have more “dates” with my kids and more quality time with my hubby, and of course bake a whole lot more. You knew baking more was going to be on the list, right?
I thought sharing cookies as my first recipe of the year was a great way to start out with my goals. Did you really think that since the new year had started I was going to help you out with your diet goals? I wish I could say that was true, but I figure if I’m going to eat the sugar I might as well share the goodness with you. I’m adding practice moderation in eating to my goal list too, not cut it out completely.
We make cookies very regularly around here for school lunches. It is actually a little bit cheaper to pack a lunch, so my kids brown bag it to school each week. They do eat very healthy, so I don’t feel bad about sending cookies to school with them.
My two younger ones actually prefer to take a salad in their lunch box instead of a sandwich. All those years of making sure they ate their veggies as littles paid off for us. There are not many veggies now that my kids won’t eat.
Since I bought so many bags of holiday Reese’s this year, I had to find a way to use them up, so I don’t munch on them through out the day. Peanut butter cookies seemed like the perfect way to do that.
This is my go to recipe for peanut butter cookies. They always turn out so soft and puffy. The secret ingredient in them makes sure they stay so soft. Lean in a little closer and I will tell you the secret…cornstarch. Not that big of a secret, but man does it make a difference in your cookies. Another reason these cookies are my favorite is because there is no chilling time needed. Now if you have other things to do around the house, the dough can be chilled. But the bonus to these cookies is that you can bake the dough as soon as you mix it up. Gotta love that you can have cookies right away when the craving hits!!!
Soft peanut butter cookies filled with peanut butter candies…definitely worth eating one or two cookies this week.
Bring on the baking!!!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup Reese's Pieces
- 1 1/4 cups chopped Reese's peanut butter cups
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla, eggs, and peanut butter and cream again.
- Sift together the salt, baking soda, flour, and cornstarch. Slowly add to the butter mixture.
- Stir in the chocolate chips, Reese's pieces, and peanut butter cups by hand.
- Drop the cookie dough by Tablespoon onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Let cool on the tray for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Store in a sealed container.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 4g