Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies

I plan to have a few 'extra' posts in the upcoming weeks.  I've had many cookie recipes in my drafts, and figure now is the very best time to share them.  Plus, I have apple dishes, side dishes and more, so please stay tuned.  There may even be a few days when I 'double up' on recipes.

This recipe is definitely a MOST FAVORITE!! 

If you haven't realized it yet...I am a definite Cookie Monster!


In my humble opinion, these cookies are the ultimate in cookies!

The original recipe was an actual prize winner, (a friend shared it with me after finding this recipe in a magazine) and my family has declared them a prize winner too!

 When I make them, I have to be sure there are going to be other folks expecting to get some too, otherwise I'll eat far too many.


They're like a buckeye candy, only in cookie form, with crunch.

Anytime I can use a mix to make it easier, I go for it.

This uses a brownie mix and it also has my favorite ingredient, cream cheese, mixed into the dough. 

And a 'peanut butter cup' filling!!!

HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY GO WRONG???


PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIE COOKIES
(From The Better Baker)

1 - 19 ozs. box fudge brownie mix
4 ozs. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 c. butter or margarine, melted
1 egg
1 c. powdered sugar
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1/2 (16 ozs) tub ready-made chocolate fudge frosting
sprinkles, optional

Preheat oven to 350. Beat brownie mix, cream cheese, butter and egg until well blended.  Drop dough by rounded Tablespoonsful 2" apart onto UNgreased baking sheets.  Smooth edges of each to form round cookies. (I love using my medium scoop to make rounded, evenly sized cookies).

Stir together powdered sugar and peanut butter with spoon until mixture forms a ball.  With hands, roll rounded teaspoonsful of peanut butter mixture into 24 balls.

Lightly press 1 ball into center of each cookies.  Bake 10 - 14 minutes or until edges are set.  Cool 3 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

When completely cooled, spread thin layer of frosting over peanut butter portion of each cookie. (I omit this step because they're plenty rich without the frosting).  If desired, garnish with sprinkles.

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