Monday, September 20, 2010

Outrageous Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/4 t baking soda
1/2 c firmly packed dark brown sugar
4 T butter, softened
4 t well-beaten egg (1/2 egg)
1/2 t vanilla extract
2/3 c extra-chunky peanut butter
3 T uncooked regular oats
1 (1.8 oz) chocolate-coated caramel-peanut butter-peanut candy bar, chopped (like Reese’s NutRageous)
2 T granulated sugar
1/4 c chocolate chips

1. Combined flour and baking soda.

2. Beat brown sugar and next 3 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute or until blended. Add peanut butter, and beat 20 seconds or until blended. Add flour mixture, and beat 30 seconds or until well blended. Stir in oats and chopped candy bar and chocolate chips.

3. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on an aluminum foil or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Dip bottom of a drinking glass in granulated sugar, and flatten mound of dough. Repeat process with remaining sugar and mounds of dough.

4. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes; removed cookies to wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 16 cookies.

*I really liked these, but I have to admit they can't take the place of Amber's classic chocolate chip cookies.  That of course didn't stop them from being devoured--even by Jeff (my husband that isn't captivated by the irresistible draw of peanut butter).  Honestly, I'm pretty sure we grown-ups didn't point out the cookie container to our kids the couple of days that they lasted.  Next time, I will definitely just double the recipe!

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