Most of you out there in blog-land have had the peanut butter cookies that have a Hershey’s Kiss on top. They are good, in fact, some might say great. Thanks to an old roommate, I was introduced to something infinitely better: peanut butter cookies with a Reese’s peanut butter cup on top. They are simple, yet a little time consuming to unwrap all of the Reese’s cups, but definitely worth the effort. This recipe makes around 72 cookies, so it’s a great one to halve, or to give some to a neighbor.
1 c. shortening
1 c. peanut butter
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
4 T milk
2 t vanilla
1 t salt
2 t soda
3 1/2 c. flour
1 large “family size” bag Reese’s Miniatures
I like to unwrap all of my Reese’s into a bowl before I even start making the cookies. That is the longest process. Little helpers would do great at this, as long as they understand that not eating them is going to give them something more delicious in the end.
Cream together the shortening, peanut butter, white and brown sugars. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Mix together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Incorporate into the wet ingredients and mix.
Chill for about 10-15 minutes. This step is actually important or the dough is just too sticky to handle. Be careful not to forget about your dough in the fridge or it is really hard to do the next step. Trust me on that one.
Once chilled, roll into balls. I like to use my small cookie scoop to make this easier. They don’t come out looking like “perfect” balls, but I am just too lazy to hand-roll 72 balls.
Once you have your ball of dough, roll it into granulated sugar. Please, don’t skip this step. I once did thinking I’d make the cookies “healthier” (really…. healthier…) and they were gross. It’s just not worth skimping on the sugar.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Immediately after removing from the oven, press a Reese’s into the cookie and allow to cool.
As a variation, you can bake the cookies in a mini-muffin pan, as they are pictured. I prefer them this way because the cookie just surrounds the Reese’s better and it is more bite-sized. Enjoy!