Question: is it still considered candy if you mix it with flour and sugar and bake it into a cookie?
This is the time of the year for candy! Halloween is around the corner and whether you are looking to bake up some treats for the office or make some of the candy disappear so you don't eat it by the handful, this recipe is for you. The pudding makes the cookies so soft and the peanut butter AND chocolate chips WITH the Reese's pieces makes them heavenly. You will need some milk to wash this down.
Seriously no evil spirits in these cookies at all.... unless you're counting calories. :)
Peanut Butter Candy Cookies (adapted from Sweet Pea's Kitchen)
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
3.4 oz box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup Reese's pieces
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl that you can use your hand mixer with), beat the butter, peanut butter, and sugars on a medium speed until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until combines. Beat in the vanilla extract.
Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and pudding in another bowl and whisk to combine. While your stand mixer is beating on low, add the flour mixture until combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in the candies until incorporated.
Roll dough into balls about 1 tbsp in size and place on your prepared baking sheets. Flatten with your hand until they are about 3/4 inch thick.
Bake 10 minutes. Cool on the sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.