Thursday, June 30, 2011

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

I think this week is dragging because I am so ready to be on vacation.  The weather has also been unbelievably gorgeous.  I sit facing a huge window at work so I definitely know when I am missing out on the sunshine.

When I think of the 4th of July, I think of sunshine and picnics.  I guess this would be a perfect world scenario.  I also think that the most perfect, classic picnic dessert is cookies.  But as we all know I have a very fond spot in my heart for cookies, so this may be a biased opinion.  To prepare for the upcoming 4th weekend I had to create some fantastic cookies. 

These pretty much hit the spot right on.  They are soft and chewy, a hint of chocolate and a bit of peanut butter.  Yep, a little bit of 4th of July heaven.    

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies Cookies
adapted from Annie's Eats

2 cups plus
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
8 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm
1/4 cup applesauce
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cup peanut butter cups


Preheat oven 325°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk dry ingredients together in a medium bowl; set aside. With electric mixer mix butter and sugars until thoroughly combined. Beat in egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add dry ingredients and beat at low-speed just until combined. Stir in peanut butter cups.

Bake for 12 minutes spinning cookie sheets half way through cooking time.  Leave cookies on baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing.  Cookies will be a light golden brown and centers are still soft.


  1. Yum! I hope the barbecue I am going to this weekend has these cookies! I agree, they look like the perfect 4th of July treat.

  2. I heard Laura got some of these and I did not....

  3. I have the same plates! :)

    Your cookies look delish and I loved the muffins you posted to the YBR today!

  4. These cookies look scrumptious! Peanut butter and Chocolate are sould mates I think ;)

  5. These cookies look delicious! I'm glad I found your blog too. I'll be back.

  6. PB and chocolate cookies... wow! YUMMO! I'd be real happy with a batch of these. :)

  7. Oh these sounds fabulous!!! I need five of these and a glass of milk!

  8. Those look delish! I need to figure out a dessert for the 4th, that may be a contender!

  9. These look so good! Love all the chips in there! Have a great and relaxing weekend!

  10. These look amazing! It looks like you cut some of the fat using applesauce. I bet they were delicious! I'm glad you're enjoying the warm weather!

  11. Two out of three of my children are Reeses lovers! I need to make these fabulous cookies for them. You can't go wrong with Annie's recipes.

    Thanks for visiting my blog :)

  12. Cookies are one of my all time favorite desserts! A cookie is something that is always delicious =)

    Happy 4th!!


  13. Oh wow - my fiance is really going to love me after these! He loves peanut butter cups!

  14. What a wonderful cookie recipe! Love that they have applesauce in them. Have a great 4th!

  15. Only recently I used for the first time applesauce in baking. These cookies sound like a winner. Love Reese's cups. Thanks for sharing Emily

  16. Did you use the mini peanut butter cups or the newer drops?

  17. These look so yummy! I can't wait to try them! Thanks for sharing

  18. These look fabulous! Like that you have applesauce in there!


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