Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies {& The Raven Boys}

Today, I will not step foot in the garage.  I probably won’t even get out my sewing machine.  Why, you ask?  Well, as much as I love crafting, I love reading just a smidge more.  And today, this arrived in my mailbox…

I have been waiting months for this book to come out.  Maggie Stiefvater is a brilliant author.  I have documented my love of all things Maggie here.  So, naturally, I preordered The Raven Boys ages ago, and have been anxiously awaiting its arrival.  Now that it’s here, I will probably do nothing but read… and eat cookies.  Which reminds me!  If you love cookies, I’ve got a fabulous cookie recipe to share today.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup cocoa

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 (8 oz.) bag Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Minis, frozen

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla with a mixer until light and fluffy.  Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir (by hand) into butter mixture until well blended.

The secret to these cookies is these little guys.  They are so yummy.  I freeze them before I add them to my cookie dough, so they will hold their shape in the cookie.  So after your cookie dough is all thoroughly mixed, add your chocolate chips and your Reese’s PB Cups.  Yes, I use a whole bag.  These are not healthy in the least.

Then I roll my cookies into about 1 1/2″ balls and place them about 2-3 inches apart on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Bake them about 8-10 minutes (9 minutes is perfect in my oven).  You want the cookie to look done.  It shouldn’t still be doughy in the middle, but don’t overcook.  I wouldn’t go any longer than 10 minutes on these.

Then I remove them to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.  These are a little like brownies, so you can eat them hot, but you’d better do it on a plate.  They will fall apart pretty easily until cooled.

My kids love them warm with a big glass of milk.  Even Bug, who is not a fan of chocolate, loves these cookies.  So hopefully I’ve inspired you to bake up a batch of these amazing cookies, and possibly even read The Raven Boys.  I know that’s what I’ll be doing today!  ;-)