Sunday, October 25, 2009

Evil Genius Cookies (AKA Peanut Butter Cup Cookie-Cakes)

I have been wanting to make these for awhile,

and when Lisa showed up with a box of THESE from Trader Joe's in Seattle:

I knew the time had come to take this idea out for a spin. (These are peanut butter cups of the miniature variety. They're a little larger than miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.)

The evil genius part comes when you make up a batch of peanut butter cookie dough, press balls of the dough into a cupcake pan (or miniature cupcake pan), bake them for 6-8 minutes and then, while the dough is still soft, press miniature peanut butter cups into the centre and continue baking. And then you end up with this:

Which, when cut open, look like this:

Need I say more?

13 oz (2 34/ cups + 1 Tbsp) all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 sticks (1 cup) of unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup very firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 lb (1 3/4 cups smooth peanut butter)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Position a rack in the centre of the oven and heat to 350 degrees.

Sift together the flour and baking soda. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment . Beat the butter and sugars on medium until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes). Beat in the eggs until thoroughly combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Beat in the peanut butter and vanilla until blended about 1 minute. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture until incorporated.

Press the dough into the bottom third of a cupcake/muffin tin (I used a regular sized tin because these miniature peanut butter cups are larger than the Reese's variety. I think a miniature cupcake pan could work with smaller peanut butter cups)

Bake for 6-8 minutes and pull from oven. Gently press the peanut butter cups into the centre of the partially baked peanut butter cookies. Cook for another 6-8 minutes. Cookies should be golden brown, but still soft.

Let these cool in the pan, and then use a couple of knives to gently "lift" them from the cupcake pan. (Um. If you turn them over on a rack to cool, the peanut butter cups will drip, drizzle or drop out. It's not a pretty sight. I learned this the hard way and lost a couple o' soldiers during the de-panning.)

If you enjoy peanut butter, you will LOVE these. They are totally decadent and bridge the gap between candy and cookie. And THAT, gentle reader, can NEVER be a bad thing! I took them to the first meeting of my new reading group, and everyone seemed to approve.

9 comments:

  1. you are the devil. no offense.

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  2. Ahem.

    Wouldn't I be the devil if I
    a) showed up at your house with a plate of these babies, tied you to a chair and FORCED you to eat one?
    or
    b) showed up at your house with a plate of these babies and DENIED you?
    or
    c) showed up at your house on Halloween with a plate of carrot and celery sticks?

    I think we both know the answer is

    d) ALL OF THE ABOVE

    signed sugarlove, (NOT the devil.) (just to set the record straight)

    xo

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  3. true. i take all of it back and admit that i am hoping to have direct physical contact with those cookies at some point in the not too distant future. you are NOT the devil.

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  4. what do you want, teri? i'll give it to you. only please allow us one more of these cookies? this post - so cruel.

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  5. Perhaps a re-do of these lovely morsels is in the cards for a future date, but in the meantime, wouldn't you like to see what's up NEXT on the Sugarlove baking agenda? *insert sound of evil laughter HERE*

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  6. Gahhhh...can't type, drooling....

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  8. ok.

    that's it.

    i'm yours for the taking, metaphorically or whatever...

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  9. Oh bigsnit,

    You make me blush!

    *blush*

    And I feel honoured of course, because EB is one of my baking role models, so I know the bar is super-high when it comes to turning your head!!! tee hee. And thanks....

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