I asked Neil to pick up some chocolate chips on his last trip to the grocery store and he came home with a big bag of Reese’s Pieces instead. I was over the moon! They were always my favorite candy as a child because E.T. ate them and I loved that movie. For whatever reason they weren’t carried by our local grocer, except during Halloween, so I permanently associate them with Halloween and Fall. Because Neil and I are beyond over this insanely hot weather, I thought I’d tempt cooler Fall temperatures with a double helping of chocolate and peanut butter in cookie form.
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky (I added a little extra)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour
1/3 c cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 cups Reese’s Pieces, frozen (…a few extra may have fallen in)
The big bag. I still have 1/3 of the bag left. I like them frozen. How about you?
NOM! Clive loved licking the peanut butter off the spoon. He was so crazy about it we couldn’t even get a clear picture. At least with this one you get a sense of his craziness about peanut butter.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, and honey until smooth. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, and stir until incorporated.
2. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Slowly add dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture. Stir in the Reese’s Pieces. It’s mandatory that you should eat a few to make sure they are safe.
3. Drop or roll into balls onto cookie sheets lined with parchment or a silicone mat. These cookies do not spread much, so only an inch apart is necessary.
4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool for at least two minutes before removing with a spatula to a wire cooling rack.
Don’t feel limited to Reese’s pieces, ad whatever candy or chocolate chip flavors you want, in combination even. They are rich, so I made the individual cookies smaller so it wouldn’t be overwhelming. They were a hit on our lake trip and a dinner we had at our research farm this week!