Thursday, February 9, 2012

Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies

Valentine’s Day is next week and I have a festive recipe that’s just right for it. I made Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies. My mom and I found these awesome Reeses Peanut Butter Hearts in the Valentine Candy section at our local grocery store and decided to use them in these cookies. They tasted YUMMY. Here’s a peek…

Pink? Really!! Since it’s Valentine’s Day I pretty much had to have a pink plate even though it’s my least favorite color.

The Patriots lost the Super Bowl. :(

This recipe can get pretty messy though because you have to roll the dough into balls and then roll the ball in sugar.

You need to quickly but gently press the hearts into the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven so the hearts will set into the cookies. Then it’s best if you throw them in the freezer for a bit until they set up. Otherwise they’ll just be melty and you’ll need to wait for them to harden again at room temperature. These are just like those peanut butter kiss cookies that everyone makes, except with the PB Hearts instead.

Layers of chocolate- peanut butter goodness. That’s exactly the way to describe this picture.

Aha! Another yummy recipe from the Recipe Boy kitchen. No recipes that I’ve made in  my life so far have failed yet. I’m on a roll!! The Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies turned out AWESOME! I gave some to my friend and he loved them (so did my family and I). Parents- If your kid is wondering what kind of treat or candy to tape to their Valentines for school (if there are no peanut allergies, of course), put these cookies in a Zip-Lock bag and tape your Valentines to the front.

And even a kid can rummage candy sections at stores to find interesting things… Like Me!

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Peanut Butter Valentine's Day Cookies 1

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Heart Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 25 min + chill time

Cook Time: 10 min

Just like those famous Kiss cookies, but with a peanut butter heart pressed into the cookie instead!

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
additional white sugar, for rolling
Reeses Peanut Butter Hearts (see *Tips below), unwrapped!

Directions:

1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter, peanut butter and sugars until smooth. Add in the egg, milk and vanilla and mix again. Stir in the dry ingredients. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for about an hour until it is slightly firm.

3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats. Make some room in your refrigerator or freezer for one cookie sheet.

4. Shape the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and roll in sugar. Place the sugared cookie dough balls on one baking sheet, about 1 1/2-inches apart. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies are set and golden. Remove from the oven and immediately press one peanut butter heart into the center of each cookie. Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator or freezer until the chocolate is set (the Reeses hearts will get melty when you press them into the cookies, but they will harden-up again once they have cooled down). Repeat with the remaining cookie dough and PB hearts.

*Tips:
Look for the Reeses PB Hearts in the Valentine Candy aisle in your market, drugstore, Target, etc. If you're unable to locate them, you can always use just regular chocolate hearts.

Source: Peanut butter cookie recipe from RecipeGirl.com. Hearts in the middle idea from Betty Crocker.

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13 Responses to “Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. 1

    bridget {bake at 350} — February 9, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    Those look so yummy! I bet all the girls at school want to be your valentine! ♥

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    Paula — February 9, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    The boys and I are making cookies this weekend for their valentine parties at school. I think these will be perfect!!

  3. 3

    Deborah — February 9, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    I love these! The holiday Reeses are always my favorite, so I’d be happy to get one of these!

  4. 4

    Lauren — February 9, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    No girl can resist chocolate and peanut butter! ;)

  5. 5

    ducky — February 9, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    The yumness! I’m so making these!!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — February 10, 2012 @ 4:25 am

    Chocolate peanut butter is the BEST combination. It is sure to win over any valentine!!

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    Natalie — February 10, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Great idea! I was considering making my dad some of the kind with a chocolate kiss, but this will be more fun.

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    Kati — February 10, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    Looks delish! I absolutely LOVE doing these for Christmas with the Hershey kisses… (like… 4 dozen of them. xD) This is a cool twist!

    Blech, I hate pink too. I’m making my friends anti Valentines day cards (nothing that’s pink, red, or in the shape of a heart.) so they’re black with silver foil decorations on them. xD

    I personally think its best to not freeze them, (i think they taste awesome melty ish) but I can see people doing it if they need to wait to serve them.

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    Ashley — February 11, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    These look yummy! I wonder what a chocolate cookie with a caramel filled heart would taste like? I am not good at creating recipes. If someone has one, let me know!

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    Lynna — February 11, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    what a GREAT IDEA! :) i`m loving it! will try this out! thanks!!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — February 13, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    Such a cute, easy idea for Valentine’s Day.

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    Owligator — March 12, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

    I was so sad they lost the SuperBowl…. I’m a big Pats fan. And I love the jersey, btw!! I wanna try these cookies next Valentine’s Day! (Or possibly before then cuz they sound amazing! haha)

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    Kyla — June 28, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    Keep up the good work I would like you to my sister a kit Kay cake for her birthday.

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