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Peanut Butter Cup Surprise Cookies

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This was by far my favorite goody that I baked during my recent all-day baking extravaganza with friends, but unfortunately I did not post about that batch because they were very unattractive!  However, they tasted SO good and had such potential to look adorable I knew I needed to make them again soon to share with my readers (and of course, I’ll take any excuse to make these tasty treats!)

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I made a couple minor changes this time, mainly using a ganache recipe that has never failed me, and I was much happier with the outcome.  The chocolate topping in the original recipe is made in the microwave with melted chocolate chips, a method that rarely works for me, and it came out with an awful texture and really looked gross.  Also, I think using mini-M&Ms is perfect for these cookies because they are just the right size in proportion to the cookie (only regular size were available to me last time).  These cookies are phenomenal – but what wouldn’t be with this much candy?  Make them today, you won’t be sorry!

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Peanut Butter Cup Surprise Cookies
Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients:
2 cups creamy peanut butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
24 mini Reeses peanut butter cups, unwrapped
mini marshmallows
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. water
mini M&Ms

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Combine peanut butter, sugar and eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Beat until well combined.  Divide the dough evenly between 24 wells of a mini-muffin pan (I usually have a bit left over, but do so to leave room for the candy).  Make an indentation in the center of each dough ball.  Bake for 13-15 minutes, until almost done.  Remove from the oven and press a peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie until it is flush with the top of the dough.  Top each cookie with 3-4 mini marshmallows.  Return the pan to the oven and bake 2-3 minutes more, until the marshmallows have puffed up.  Transfer the pans to a wire cooling rack and allow the cookies to cool completely in the pan before removing them.  (This is important!  I tried removing them while still slightly warm – not a good idea.)

Once the cookies are completely cooled, transfer them to a wire rack over a sheet of wax paper or aluminum foil.  Place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl.  Bring the cream, sugar and water to a boil, then pour the liquid over the chocolate and let sit for 30 seconds.  Gently whisk the mixture together until smooth.  Leave the glaze to sit until it thickens a bit to your desired consistency, then drizzle over the tops of the cookies.  Sprinkle with mini M&Ms before the glaze hardens.

Source: cookies adapted from Picky Palate, ganache from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

  • http://sugarduchess.blogspot.com The Sugar Duchess

    These are so colorful, I love it! Kids would go absolutely nutty over them. And let’s be honest, adults would too. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www,doriegreenspan.com dorie

    absolutely adorable! and great pictures!

  • Sarah

    Annie– these were delicious and definitely a cookie that I would make again! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Erin

    These look so cute and delicious!

  • http://kathyandryan.blogspot.com Kathy

    These look ridiculously good! Ryan would love them!

  • http://apertureofmyeye.blogspot.com Shelly

    Oh, these look yummy! I definitely have to give them a try.

  • http://baseballbakingandbooks.com ingrid

    I’ve made these a few times though I admit I used premade cookie dough & didn’t add marshmallows…BRILLANT idea! Love marshmallows!
    ~ingrid

    Btw, I’ve been scrolling through your archives & you have a bunch of yummies I need to try!

  • http://xpatticakesx.wordpress.com patti

    wow, looks deadly yet i MUST make these, they sound and look SO good.

  • http://http.//sweetwomethingsbylois.blogspot.com/ Lois Storozuk

    Yummie! They look really good.
    I found your blog via Sweetbriar Cottage.
    I will definately be back and am planning to add your blog to the food list on my blog….if that’s ok.
    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
    Lois

  • http://joelens.blogspot.com Joelen

    What a delicious surprise in each cookie! Yum!

  • http://www.wheresmydamnanswer.com Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer

    These are so fun and festive!! Looks great

  • http://www.apotofteaandabiscuit.blogspot.com Sylvie

    Those look so pretty and they would certainly be perfect to feed my peanut (butter) addiction.

  • http://veggie-terrain.blogspot.com jd

    Those are completely adorable!

    And I love peanut butter with just about anything – yum!

  • http://www.thekneadforbread.com Chuck

    I love the marshmallows inside. I bet they make a wonderful ooey gooy center. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • http://penniesonaplatter.wordpress.com Pennies on a Platter

    Extremely cute!

  • david marshall michael

    looks tasty!!

  • Kelly

    These are adorable! I would love to make these for a birthday party! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://echocorango.blogspot.com Talita

    Yummy!! Those pics are enough to have my mouth water! So cute!

  • http://stephaniecooks.blogspot.com/ Stephanie

    I need to try these! They look so good!

    …also I nominated you for the Lemonade Award! Head over to my blog to receive your award!

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  • Chezz

    They sound delicious! Unfortunately i dont have access to mini reece’s peanut butter cups in Australia (with the normal sized ones being horribly expensive but delicious) Ill have to brainstorm something else i could use…

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  • http://www.dillmypickle.com Stacey (Dill My Pickle)

    Love, love, love. These look amazing… and the balance of the marshmallow with the cookie sounds perfect. Must try.

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  • Becky

    Wow, yeah, these are good. They’re even better the day after they’ve been made – the ganache’s flavor just really develops and plays off of the rest of the cookie – totally yummy! The dough (and ganache) easily made enough for 36 little cookies, too. By easily, I mean I got 36 cookies in addition to ample dough snitching. ;-) Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Stacy

    These are wonderful! I agree, they are great after they have time to set up, let the flavors meld! :o) Another winner! They look so cute and colorful!

  • MariD

    These are fantastic! I wonder if a “blonde” version could be made with vanilla cookie dough, caramel center and score topping or smarty over the marshmallows?