Some cookies and just too cute to eat, right?! These however, are too irresistible NOT to eat (ahem ahem Reese's cups??) I don't know if it's the child in me coming out, (or the literal baby inside of me wanting sugar) but I am LOVING all of the adorable Halloween inspired cookies!
The best part about fun, holiday themed cookies like these, is the simple decorating process! The longest part of the decorating was unwrapping the many Reese's peanut butter cups - and trying not to eat too many in the process! So - make them for work, make them for a Halloween party this weekend, or more importantly - make them for yourself! Maybe to share with family members and children if you feel so inclined :)
So the first step is to just follow your favorite standard peanut butter cookie recipe. My personal favorite is the Classic Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe on Sally's Baking Addiction. - Stop just before baking for further instructions!
Sally's recipe for the cookies is as follows:
- 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature1
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup (150g) packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature preferred
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup (250g) creamy peanut butter2
- 3 cups + 2 Tablespoons (391g) all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup (67g) granulated sugar, for rolling (optional)
- Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add the eggs and mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and peanut butter and mix on high until combined. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, toss the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Add to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. Dough will be thick, yet very sticky. Cover dough tightly and chill for at least 2 hours (and up to 2 days) in the refrigerator.
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Roll balls of dough (about 1.5 tablespoons of dough per cookie) and roll into granulated sugar. Place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Press fork into the tops to create the criss-cross pattern. Bake for 11 minutes or until very lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft and undone. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies will continue to "set" on the baking sheet during this time.
As called for in the instructions, after chilling my dough, I rolled them into little balls and placed on my slip mats. Then using my thumbs (no need to be perfect) I pressed down creating indents in the cookies for the peanut butter cups to sit. You may need to do this again once taking them out of the oven.
I placed my baking sheet into my preheated 350° and let them cook for around 11 minutes, taking them out once they had started opening up and browning slightly on the edges.
To deepen the indentations, I pushed down on the warm cookies in the center with a round tablespoon softly. This creates a nice spot for the Reese's to sit inside.
Now the good part! As the cookies are cooling, unwrap your Reese's (eating as many as you feel necessary). The best time to put the Reese's into the cookies is once they have mostly cooled and solidified on your cooling rack, but still feel slightly warm to the touch. The slight warmth will help bind the cookie and candy together by melting the chocolate on the bottom into the cookie.
Then the fun part! As you can see, my spider legs are no where near perfect (they were for a children's party after all!) I simply drew three lines coming out from each side of the cup, some looked messier than others, but all looked cute! After finishing I allowed them to sit for about 30 minutes before moving, allowing the icing time to dry.
And there you go - so easy and fun! Nearly everyone who encountered these little cuties not only wanted to snag one to eat, but to snap a picture of as well! I love anytime something looks just a great as it tastes!
I hope you love this fun and simple recipe as much as I did! In my opinion, there is nothing spookier than a Halloween night without cookies!
Have a wonderful Halloween, and Happy Baking!