To Peanut Butter Monster Cookies

Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter and more Peanut Butter! Yep that’s right – there are indeed three forms of peanut butter in these monster cookies and peanut butter lovers will certainly rejoice when they take their first bite. Problem. Once you have one cookie you want another. and another. and another. I digress….

Peanut Butter Monster CookiesDon’t you just want Halloween to come already?!?!

The recipe is a straight up from Lemon Sugar (the only difference is the size of the cookies, you could say mine ended up being a third of the size of hers – the originals were ginormous – check’ em out for yo’self!!!!)

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 and 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Reese’s Pieces mini candies, 1 bag

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.
In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer) cream together butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar.  Beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add vanilla, and beat to combine.
Slowly add dry ingredients, and beat just until combined.  Don’t over beat at this stage.  Stir in oats, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.  Refrigerate dough for 15 minutes, meanwhile preheating oven to 350 degrees (F).
Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Pour Reese’s Pieces candies onto a plate or into a flat bowl (only do one layer of candies – this will help you make sure you have candies to last the whole batch)
Using a large small cookie scoop, drop cookie dough into the bowl of candies.  Gently use your hand to press the dough down into the cookies and flatten the dough into a disc, then transfer to cookie sheet.  Bake, 9 at a time, for 8-9 minutes or until the edges are just beginning to darken.
Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 5-10 minutes.  If you skip this step, the cookies might break when you transfer them to a cooling rack.
Allow to cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes (if going big) or 10 minutes (if you made normal size cookies) before serving.

Peanut Butter Monster CookiesDon’t say I didn’t warn you on the peanut butter grandness of these delights



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