Extreme Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Absolutely extreme peanut butter cup cookies are filled with chocolate, coconut, creamy peanut butter, and peanut butter cups! This is everything you need in a cookie.
When I’m having a bad day, a cookie is a great answer. When I’m having a good day? Yeah, I’d totally mow down a cookie. Basically, there is never an instance that I wouldn’t say “no” to a cookie. Or chocolate. Or something with coconut, peanut butter, or Reese’s cups.
I made double batches of these beauties, and they freeze delightfully well if you want to make them and store them for when the craving strikes.
What Kind of Peanut Butter Should I use for Peanut Butter Cookies?
The best peanut butter to use for peanut butter cookies is a standard run of the mill smooth peanut butter. Natural peanut butter has an uneven distribution of oil, which can lead to uneven results in baking. You can use chunky peanut butter, but steer clear of “all natural” or ones with the oil separating on top. Generally, I like Skippy or Jif to make the best peanut butter cookies.
Ingredients for Extreme Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
- Old Fashioned Oats
- All Purpose Flour
- Creamy Peanut Butter, not “natural”. Or you can use chunky peanut butter for extra texture if desired.
- Unsalted Butter – The peanut butter has enough salt in it.
- Brown Sugar
- White Sugar
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Chocolate Chips
- Peanut Butter Cups – plus extra for topping on to cookies after baking.
- Shredded Coconut
How to Make Extreme Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl or mixer, beat together the peanut butter and room temperature butter until it is completely combined. Beat in the brown and white sugar, mixing until light and fluffy. Then add in the salt, baking powder and baking soda.
Beat in the eggs, and then scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula to ensure it is all evenly mixed.
Mix in the oats, chocolate chips, chopped peanut butter cups, and shredded coconut.
Bake them for 16-18 minutes, or until just browning around the edges. When the cookies come out of the oven, you can make them picture perfect round by using a cookie cutter, or biscuit cutter to place around the cookies and gently swirl in a circular motion to tighten up the edges and create round cookies. Genly press additional chopped peanut butter cups on top of the warmed cookie if desired.
Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes, and then remove them to cool completely on a wire rack. Store these peanut butter cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
How can I freeze Cookie Dough?
Yes, absolutely! The best way to freeze them is while the dough is still soft. Scoop it out of the bowl and place it on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Freeze them in individual rounds before placing them into a freezer safe bag, or better yet – vacuum sealing them to keep as much air away as possible.
You can get of the step by step details in my handy how-to freeze cookie dough post!
Press these cookies down a bit to give them a good cookie height. With the heft to these robust cookies, they don’t spread much.
Peanut Butter Cookie Combinations
Additionally, you can mix and match the add-ins to these Extreme Peanut Butter Cup Cookies. I love coconut in just about anything, but there are a bunch of combinations for any taste.
- Mini M&M’s
- Chopped Pretzels
- Raisins (controversial, I know.)
- White Chocolate Chips
- Chopped Peanuts
- Peanut Butter Chips instead of Chocolate Chips
- Dried chopped apple bits
How to Make Perfectly Round Cookies
You can make perfectly round cookies in a snap. It blew my mind the first time I tried it! Using an extra large biscuit cutter, or round cookie cutter, gently place it over the cookies when they are hot out of the oven, and swirl it around in a circular motion hitting the sides of the cutter to the sides of the cookie. Like a spirograph… or am I aging myself severely here? Once you have achieved the round cookie, remove the cookie cutter and swirl it around the next cookie. This is important to do it while the cookies are still hot, that way they cool into the perfectly round shape. It will not work on cool or cold cookies.
Additional Cookie Recipes to Try
- Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies
- Bourbon Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Almond Pinwheel Christmas Cookies
- World’s Best Lactation Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Coconut
- Apricot Almond Linzer Cookies
Peanut butter cookies taken up a notch!!
- 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter – not “natural”
- 6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup White Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
- 2 Eggs
- 1 cup Chocolate Chips
- 1 cup chopped Peanut Butter Cups – you can mix them all in at once, or divide half into dough, and pressing half into the top of the cooked cookies while still warm.
- 1/3 cup Shredded Coconut
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl or mixer, beat together the peanut butter and softened butter until it is completely combined.
- Beat in the brown and white sugar, mixing until light and fluffy. Then add in the salt, baking powder and baking soda.
- Beat in the eggs, and then scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula to ensure it is all evenly mixed.
- Mix in the oats, chocolate chips, chopped peanut butter cups, and shredded coconut.
- Scoop the dough out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently press the extreme peanut butter cup cookies down a bit so they flatten on top.
- Bake them for 16-18 minutes, or until just browning around the edges. When the cookies come out of the oven, you can make them picture perfect round by using a cookie cutter, or biscuit cutter to place around the cookies and gently swirl in a circular motion to tighten up the edges and create round cookies.
- Gently press additional chopped peanut butter cups on top of the warmed cookie if desired.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes, and then remove them to cool completely on a wire rack.
Adapted from Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies from Food Network
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