Reese's PB Cup Cookies

>> 3.15.2012

It's 11:30 AM and all is quiet in the house. Only two creatures are stirring. Though I could only find one of them. (The other enjoys stalking around in the basement.)

Ada is napping beside me on our bed -- tummy down, but I've got a close eye on her. Failed attempt at nursery napping today. We'll try again this afternoon.

I'm not writing to brag about my moment of blissful silence. I just had to share with you all this recipe I mixed together last night. I wanted to make cookies, but we're out of peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, and butter.

I've only been replenishing baking supplies once monthly (I make dessert so frequently, I almost need a separate line item in our budget) . . . but I did have an unopened package of mini Reese's eggs.

I figured they had enough peanut butter and sugar (and salt!) in them to replace what is missing from our stores. If you plan to make this recipe, I imagine you can use any variety of Reese's peanut butter cups. Giving the measurement was difficult since I used a seasonal variety. Just make sure you get a heaping 1/2 cup of candy.

(I know I write a healthy living blog. But I have many vices.)


What you'll need . . .
  • 1/2 cup Reese's made into PB (I used 10 mini-eggs -- see instructions below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal mixed with 2 tablespoons hot water (I bet an egg would work, too)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

(Bouncing light the cheap & easy way.)

Method . . .
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, toss in your peanut butter cups and -- using the paddle attachment -- mix on high until smooth.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and olive oil. Again, mix until smooth.
  4. Then add the flax egg (and I'm guessing a regular egg would work).
  5. Whisk together the flour and baking powder in another bowl. Then add it 1/4 cup at a time. Depending on how much peanut butter mixture you had, you'll need a couple tablespoons more or less. The dough should be wet, but you should be able to roll it into cookies.
  6. Then drop heaping tablespoons into your hand. Flatten with your palm. Drop onto your baking sheet. (You should get 12 cookies this way.)
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until golden and delicious. Try to save the rest of your bag of Reece's for more cookie-making. Although, ours definitely won't last that long.

We have this rule in our house that -- since I'm home during the day -- I need to leave at least one cookie left for Stephen to munch on after work. Currently there are two. But by 3PM? We'll just have to see what's left.

And PS:

I'm thrilled because I found this thought-to-be-lost bag of Salvation Army scores from the summer last night. Inside was this adorable sleeveless romper from Zutano that retails for $30. I got it for $1.50 -- brand new with tags! Definitely going to hit up the Salvo this weekend to see what else I can find.

Well. Back to Getting Things Done. What do you want to accomplish today? Short-term goals: I'd like to take a long walk with Ada and make our bed. If she ever wakes up from her nap.

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