It's been awhile since I've made cookies...just good old fashioned cookies. I've been leaning toward the exotic lately, what with avocado cupcakes and the like. Don't get me wrong...I love creating new and different things (occasionally they turn out pretty good), but sometimes you just have to wrap your lips around something a little bit more familiar. So, when I found these at Trader Joe's.......
Aren't they ever so cute?
.........they just begged for me to put them in a cookie. This is what I came up with:
Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal Cookies
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1 package (8-12 oz) mini peanut butter cups (or sub peanut butter chocolate chips)*
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Place the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat together on high for one to two minutes or until light and fluffy.
Add the vanilla and the eggs; continue to beat for another one to two minutes.
In the mean time, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl. Whisk together until well combined. Fold the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Add the oatmeal and mix thoroughly. Carefully fold in the mini peanut butter cups.
Ok--mybad--I didn't use the whole container of mini peanut butter cups. A bit of sampling was done beforehand.
Drop the cookie dough by rounded tablespoons unto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the cookies just start to brown around the edges. Allow the cookies to set on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.
I like to use a cookie scoop so all of the cookies are a uniform size.
Kinda hard to keep your fingers out of the cookie dough, isn't it?
Even harder to let them cool.....
Weren't these Lucite containers a big deal in the '70's? My sister was cleaning out her kitchen and gave me this beauty. It's perfect for cookies!
Makes you want to hike on over to Trader Joe's, no? While you're there, pick up an extra container of mini peanut butter cups for me!
*Udate!!--Reeses has come out with mini peanut butter cups. To die for! :) Also, if you google, you can find some sugar-free varieties.