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Weekend Cooking: Cookie Swap!

December 18, 2010

When I saw that Dawn of She is Too Fond of Books was hosting a Virtual Cookie Swap for Weekend Cooking this week, I knew I had the perfect book to review – Cookie Swap! by Lauren Chattman.  This little book is chock full of information for anyone who wants to host or attend a swap.  It gives you ideas for invitations and even includes a Cookie Swap Checklist to help keep you organized.  It also gives you information on ingredients and equipment needed to make the recipes in the book.

There are 71 recipes included and they’re divided into chapters based on the type of cookie – drop cookies, bar cookies, flaky pastry cookies, icebox cookies, sandwich cookies, cut cookies, biscotti, cookies for special diets, savory cookies, shortcut cookies and even liquid refreshments.  There are clear, concise instructions and color pictures with each recipe.  All of the recipes in this book look delicious, so it was difficult to decide which one to try.  When I saw the Double Peanut Butter Cups are made with the perfect candy, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, I knew it was the recipe I wanted to try.  I made a batch and took them to a neighbor’s house for a football watching party and they were a hit.  Even if you’re not hosting or attending a cookie swap – if you like to bake cookies at all you’ll want a copy of this fabulous cookbook.

Double Peanut Butter Cups

1 recipe Classic Peanut Butter Cookie dough

48 mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped

  1. Preheat the oven to 375º F.
  2. Shape the dough into balls using a tablespoon-size cookie scoop and place the balls into ungreased mini-muffin tins.
  3. Bake the cookies until they are just firm, about 12 minutes.
  4. Remove the tins from the oven to wire racks.  Immediately press a peanut butter cup, right side up into each cookie so the top of the peanut butter cup is almost flush with the top of the cookie.  Let the cookies cool in the tins completely before carefully removing them.

Classic Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

1 cup dry-roasted peanuts
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup smooth peanut butter (preferably a commercial brand, such as Jif)

  1. Place the nuts in a food processor and pulse 5 to 8 times to chop fine (they should look like very coarse sand).
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Place the butter and sugars in a large bowl and beat them together with an electric mixer on medium until fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the eggs, vanilla, and peanut butter and beat until smooth.  Stir in the flour mixture until just combined.  Stir in the chopped peanuts.

Notes: Be sure to use non-stick muffin tins.  Don’t overfill or they’ll be hard to remove – I found this out the hard way with 5 or 6 of my cookies.  If you don’t want too much peanut butter, you can use Hershey’s Kisses instead of peanut butter cups, just insert them pointy side down.

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Review copy provided by Workman Publishing.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
38 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2010 5:03 am

    Those look amazing!! YUM!

  2. December 18, 2010 5:54 am

    Yours turned out so pretty! We were just talking about doing a cookie swap next year at work! I will have to mark this cookbook down for future reference! 😀

  3. December 18, 2010 7:03 am

    These would be a hit at my house!

  4. December 18, 2010 7:04 am

    I saw these on a cover of a magazine recently at the grocery store checkout line and so I bought the magazine just for these!!!!!

  5. December 18, 2010 8:26 am

    My sister just made these yesterday. I like them so much better than PB blossoms!

  6. December 18, 2010 8:54 am

    Ooh! We set out Peanut Butter Blossoms for Santa each year. With Julie’s endorsement that she likes the Double Peanut Butter Cups even better, I may need to experiment this year.

    Thanks for joining the virtual cookie swap, Kathy!

  7. December 18, 2010 8:58 am

    Your cookies look so good — Mr. BFR and my father would fight each other for them (both PB fans).

  8. December 18, 2010 9:28 am

    A friend’s mom used to make these for her New Year’s Eve party every year. Loved them!

  9. December 18, 2010 9:36 am

    My two favorite taste combinations are dark chocolate and peppermint and any kind of chocolate and peanut butter, so these are definitely going to get a try at my house 🙂
    Yours turned out great!

  10. December 18, 2010 10:21 am

    That sounds great, and you read my mind! I was thinking that might be too much peanut butter and you gave an alternative. Mmm.

  11. December 18, 2010 10:22 am

    that is a very clever idea!

  12. December 18, 2010 11:10 am

    What an excellent idea. I can see this as a good project with an older child helping to unwrap the candy and then sticking them into the cookie. Plus, they just sound delicious.

  13. December 18, 2010 11:58 am

    I love the way the cookies turned out. I’m going to see if my library has this book.

  14. December 18, 2010 12:40 pm

    Yummy, I going to add this to my Christmas cookie bake list. My family thanks you.

  15. December 18, 2010 1:08 pm

    Those look fantastic! Not an ounce of fat to be had either 😉

  16. December 18, 2010 2:09 pm

    I never heard a of a cookie swap! What a great idea. And those peanut butter cookies look real yummy!

  17. December 18, 2010 2:12 pm

    They look delicious…so perfect. Yum.

    I have never participated in a cookie swap…can’t find anyone who will do it with me.

  18. December 18, 2010 2:20 pm

    These look painfully good — as in, I think I would eat them all then have to run back to St. Louis instead of fly 🙂

  19. Beth Hoffman permalink
    December 18, 2010 2:26 pm

    I love PB! Those look divine!

  20. December 18, 2010 2:35 pm

    Awww.. you’re making me crave for some cookies now! That looks absolulicious! Yumm!

  21. December 18, 2010 5:31 pm

    Yum! These look too good for words. 🙂

  22. December 18, 2010 6:01 pm

    Those look amazing! While I love Reese’s, I’m not normally a huge fan of peanut butter cookies, but those seem as though they’d be wonderful . I might have to give them a try tomorrow!

  23. December 18, 2010 6:26 pm

    Um, double peanut butter and chocolate? Yes, please!

  24. December 18, 2010 9:47 pm

    kathy, those look DELISH! i’m a huge peanut butter fan and am adding these to my recipe box. 🙂 we made peanut butter cookies with hershey kisses but your recipes dials it up a notch. yum!

  25. December 18, 2010 9:53 pm

    You have a book for every occasion. I think Mr. Jenners would LOVE LOVE LOVE the cookies you featured.

  26. December 18, 2010 11:18 pm

    It’s hard to go wrong when peanut butter cups are involved. 😀

  27. Veens permalink
    December 19, 2010 1:06 am

    wow, they look delicious!! Oh Gosh, i feel so bad I have never tried making them. 🙂 Thank you for the recipe.

  28. December 19, 2010 6:35 am

    OMG! Reese’s Butter cups look heavenly…. I so know that mine would never turn out like that… Going to lick screen now… I know.. Ick… but hello it warrants a lick off the screen! Yum!

  29. December 19, 2010 11:38 am

    Every time I visit the bookstore I ponder over this book. I am thinking that i will soon cave and add it to my growing list of Christmas themed cookbooks.

  30. December 19, 2010 1:39 pm

    Those look yummy, I love peanut butter cups.

    A book with 71 cookie recipes could be very dangerous to the waistline.

  31. December 19, 2010 7:07 pm

    How can you go wring with a cookie that uses peanut butter cups in the recipe? You can’t as far as I’m concerned!! This looks like such a fun book and maybe one that I will have to try next year. I have always wanted to host one of these events, and this year it was just not possible. Thanks for sharing this recipe and your great review of this book. I look forward to trying it out!

  32. stacybuckeye permalink
    December 19, 2010 7:30 pm

    My mom makes these every Christmas. Yum!

  33. December 19, 2010 7:58 pm

    Oh man one of my favorite things to bake is cookies so I kind of think I need this cookbook 🙂

  34. December 19, 2010 9:05 pm

    These look very yummy! Peanut butter is a favorite at our house.

  35. December 19, 2010 9:48 pm

    OH! I seen this book around and I think it looks awesome and the recipe just makes me want the book more!

  36. December 20, 2010 11:44 am

    Well they look good but I’m allergic so no go for me. However I love cookies- that’s my favorite dessert. This would be the perfect book for me!

  37. December 21, 2010 2:25 am

    Ohh – your cookies look so wonderful! While the husband is away… the kiddos will cook. 🙂 We are having Nana and Grandpa over to make holiday cookies with us tomorrow… wish I had this book. Happy holidays!!

  38. December 22, 2010 10:01 pm

    Ok..those cookies look way too good!!!

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