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Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

These simple peanut butter cookies take just 3-ingredients to make! Gluten-free, small-batch, fun to make with kids.

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My sister and I come from a peanut butter loving family, and it shows. (Remember when my sister came up with these peanut butter and jelly cookies?) Just use the search bar on this site, and search the phrase “peanut butter,” and you’ll see what I mean.

I’m totally not surprised she came up with something this awesome. It’s just like her. I’ll get out of the way now, and you can read what Em has to say!

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Honest question: at what point does eating peanut butter straight out of the jar stop being a snack and start being a meal?

I don’t know why, but whenever I’m home by myself and I feel like I want a snack, I open the fridge and stare in it for about three solid minutes before I decide to have a spoonful of peanut butter.  I guess it’s because when you have peanut butter, you’re never really alone.

It’s like…peanut butter just gets me.

The only thing I like more than peanut butter is avocados and the only thing I like more than avocados is being lazy and there is nothing I’m willing to do to prove it.  To that end, I have what seems to be this affliction where every time I feel ambitious enough to bake something elaborate, I’m always out of just ONE ingredient.

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Given my aforementioned laziness, you know I’m not going to the store for one stupid thing.  So I’ve taken to developing a habit of mitching and boaning for a few minutes, eating a spoonful of peanut butter, then sitting in front of the TV and foregoing any baking aspirations that may have cropped up in my subconscience.

Mr. Nation and I were simultaneously experiencing a hankerin’ for something sweet the other night (who says we don’t do things together?).

If I’m going to exert the energy to actually make something, then I’m going to go a step further and write a potential blog post about it.  Enter the universe trying to have its way with me by declaring my entire house devoid of flour.  If you’re contributing to a baking blog, a flour shortage is a mighty big challenge to overcome, but again…too lazy to go to the store.

I stood in the middle of my kitchen for a minute, looking down the mouth of an open jar of peanut butter and realized that I also have a few squares of dark chocolate in my fridge.  Knowing that nothing can go wrong with this combination helped me summon the confidence I needed to come up with a solution.

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That’s when I MacGyved these delicious little cookies.

They seriously take next to no time and about the same amount of effort.  I especially enjoyed haphazardly wrapping my chocolate squares into a piece of parchment paper and breaking them up with a meat mallet.

 

Simple Peanut Butter Cookies
 
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Easy 3-ingredient cookies topped with chocolate.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 1 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 5 teaspoons sugar
  • 4-5 squares dark chocolate (about 2 oz.), broken into pieces *(optional)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine peanut butter, egg, and sugar.
  2. Using two spoons or a cookie scoop, form small balls of dough and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Sprinkle chocolate pieces on top of each cookie. Bake at 350F for 12-15 min.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

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I’m always looking for new and interesting cookie ideas to share with you.  I’m like a hunter at the grocery store… hunting down fruits, nuts, chocolates, candies, basically anything that might work in a cookie recipe.

It’s a little weird, I know, but that’s my life.

The thing is, though, when the kids and I want to make cookies just for fun, you know what we always make?  Chocolate chip or peanut butter.  The classics.

Maybe that’s why I decided that this month’s Cookie of the Month needed to involve peanut butter.  You can never go wrong with a peanut butter cookie.

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Of course, I also have trouble leaving well enough alone, so I took my plain jane peanut butter cookies and sandwiched them with chocolate ice cream.

Actually I used this chocolate ice cream with a ripple of peanut butter in it, because that’s how I am.  I love chocolate ice cream, but chocolate peanut butter ice cream is even better.

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Since this is the Cookie of the Month, there are lots of people sharing peanut butter cookies with you today!  Check out this variety:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Peanut Butter Cut Out Cookies from Tastes of Lizzy T
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Bake or Break
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies from The Cooking Actress
Rolo Peanut Butter Blossoms from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints from Crumb: A Food Blog
Peanut Butter and Syrup Cookies from Kelli’s Kitchen
Peanut Butter Compost Cookies from Gotta Get Baked
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cups from 365 Days of Baking and More
Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches from Posed Perfection

 

Want more?  Try these peanut butter cookies!

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches
 
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Peanut butter cookies sandwiched with chocolate ice cream.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 8-10 sandwiches
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • chocolate ice cream
Instructions
  1. Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and flour, and mix until combined.
  3. Form dough into large 2-inch balls, and place on a baking sheet. Use a fork to flatten cookies. Bake at 350F for 12-14 minutes.
  4. Let ice cream soften slightly. Place a generous amount of ice cream between two cookies. Place sandwiches in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before serving.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Bars

These chocolate peanut butter bars are simple to make and sprinkled with lots of great stuff!  Try these chocolate peanut butter magic bars when you want to impress someone.

March 25 is Chocolate Peanut Butter Day!  This fun, 2nd annual event is hosted by Carla from Chocolate Moosey and Miriam from Overtime Cook.  Look for links to more chocolate peanut butter recipes at the bottom of this post.

chocolate-peanut-butter-barsWe’re now at the point in our lives where the kids weekend get togethers with friends sometimes include friends of the opposite sex.

It always adds a fun wrinkle to the weekends.

It also is the single thing on this planet I have found which motivates The Fruitarian to clean his bedroom.  It also motivates him to hound me about making treats for date night.  Apparently he’s told his friends about the blog, and now everyone is demanding amazing sweets.

I recently made a different batch of magic bars (this one with raspberry!) and they turned out SO delicious, but alas, too ugly for my high blogging standards.  It’s actually sort of funny that I just said that, because, let’s face it, my standards are not that high.

BUT, it did make me want to try again to make a magic bar that was not too ugly to photograph.

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I do kind of love how these turned out.  They don’t have that perfectly gorgeous, not-one-peanut-out-of-place feel, but they do make me want to dive in face first nonetheless.

It’s exactly what I did, by the way.  Face first.  No lie.

I’m sure The Fruitarian’s friends thought I was nuts that I had to photograph these bars before I served them.  But they were patient enough.  It’s worth it for chocolate and peanut butter.

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Just about anything is worth it for chocolate and peanut butter.  And you know who agrees with me?  These bloggers!  They made amazing chocolate peanut butter treats for you too!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites by Carla from Chocolate Moosey
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies by Miriam from Overtime Cook
Chocolate Peanut Butter Twix Cake by Susan from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
{Healthy} Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bars by Kayle from The Cooking Actress
Chocolate Drizzled Peanut Butter Tiger Paws by Renee from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Dip by Becca from It’s Yummi
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake by Erin from The Spiffy Cookie
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie by Lisa from Snappy Gourmet
Espresso Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and a Rum Drizzle by Barb from Creative Culinary
Chocolate Peanut Butter Tandy Cake by Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Chocolate-Glazed Peanut Butter-Stuffed Doughnuts by Coleen from The Redhead Baker
4 Ingredient Chocolate & Peanut Butter Candy by Colleen from Souffle Bombay
Ganache-Stuffed Peanut Butter Bars by Karen from The Food Charlatan
Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes by Taylor from Food Faith Fitness
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Icing by Shashi from Runnin Srilankan
Chocolate Filled Peanut Butter Cookie Cups by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Lava Cakes by Anita from Hungry Couple
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream by Renee from Magnolia Days
Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites by Lauren from Healthy Delicious
Tagalong Dip by Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake Nancy from gotta get baked
Small Batch Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnuts by Sarah from What Smells So Good?
Funky Monkey Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls by Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies by Diane from Created by Diane
Chocolate, Peanut Butter, & Roasted Banana Shake by Jennie from The Messy Baker
Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Bars by Jen from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Chocolate Doughnuts with Peanut Butter Glaze by Lauren from Lauren Kelly Nutrition

Have fun sifting through this list.  I know I will!

 

Want more?  Try these chocolate peanut butter treats!

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4.5 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Bars
 
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An easy and rich chocolate and peanut butter bar.
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Recipe type: Bars
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 14 oz.
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup peanuts (I used the lightly salted kind)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips
  • ½ cup crisp rice cereal
Instructions
  1. Place cake mix and melted butter in a mixing bowl, and mix until mixture is wet and a little crumbly. Press into a greased or lined 9x13 pan.
  2. Pour sweetened condensed milk over the chocolate mixture, spreading if necessary to reach to the edges.
  3. Place peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, to melt. Pour peanut butter over the sweetened condensed milk.
  4. Sprinkle with peanuts, chips, and cereal, pressing down if necessary. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into 12 large or 20 small bars. (Bars may be a bit soft and gooey.)

 

Peanut Butter Brookies

This chocolate peanut butter recipe is cut into bars; These chewy brownie cookies bars are so delicious and easy to make!

Peanut Butter Brookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a layer of peanut butter cookie and a layer of brownie, the ultimate dessert power couple!My brother, the peanut butter addict, literally has the worst ideas for birthday gifts on the planet.

He and his wife both have birthdays in the same month, so we usually have a family party for both of them at the same time.  This year, when we asked them what they wanted, they gave the same answer as last year.  And the year before.  And the year before that.

Gift cards.

Yeah, yeah, gift cards are easy, and my sister in law loves shopping, so that makes the gift cards extra fun, but I can’t be alone in feeling like they are super duper boring to give, can I?  I mean, there’s nothing to open, AND there’s no personal touch.  You don’t get the satisfaction of giving them something you think they would love and enjoy.

It’s a real downer for me.  And as everyone knows, my brother’s birthday is all about me.

Peanut Butter Brookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a layer of peanut butter cookie and a layer of brownie, the ultimate dessert power couple!

I went ahead and told him his gift ideas were terrible, and he promptly sent me a new idea:  peanut butter baked goods.

Now THAT, I can do.  Good call, little bro.

I had this brilliant idea to pair a peanut butter cookie with a brownie, and make them into fun little muffin-shaped bites.  BUT, of course, despite my generous (and I do mean generous) greasing of the muffin pan, those things just did not want to let go.  They came out in crumbly pieces.  See the photographic evidence of this here.

FAIL.  I actually just put all the crumbs in a bowl and let the kids dig in.

Peanut Butter Brookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a layer of peanut butter cookie and a layer of brownie, the ultimate dessert power couple!Peanut Butter Brookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a layer of peanut butter cookie and a layer of brownie, the ultimate dessert power couple!

For attempt number two, I layered the cookie dough and the brownie batter in a pan, baked, and cut them into squares.  This was a much better plan, and the one I highly recommend.

They were really fun to give away, and a much more personal birthday offering than the gift card I paired with them.

I hope they conveyed the message to my brother that I wanted conveyed:  that I love you, you peanut butter eating dork.  Don’t ever change.

 

Want more?  These bars will knock your socks off!

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Peanut Butter Bars
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(PB Krispie Treats)
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Butter Bars

 

Peanut Butter Brookies
 
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A peanut butter and chocolate bar, with peanut butter cookie layer on the bottom and a brownie layer on top.
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Recipe type: Brownies
Serves: 20
Ingredients
FOR PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE LAYER:
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups flour
FOR BROWNIE LAYER:
  • 1 box brownie mix, with ingredients listed on the box
  • (OR you can use this recipe, and double it.)
Instructions
  1. For cookie layer, cream butter, sugars, and peanut butter. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and flour, and mix until combined.
  3. For brownie layer, prepare batter by mixing ingredients as described on the brownie mix box.
  4. In a 9x13 pan, press cookie dough into the bottom, spreading to cover the entire pan. Pour brownie batter over the top, spreading to cover the entire pan.
  5. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes, until edges are dry and pulling away from the pan, and the center is not runny.
  6. Let cool, then cut into 12 large or 20 small bars.

 

 

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Easy peanut butter cookies recipe; Make baking peanut butter cookies fun by adding candy in the middle.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - they're stuffed with peanut butter cups!Not that there’s anything wrong with a plain old, ordinary peanut butter cookies or anything, but sometimes it’s fun to just take them to the next level.  Know what I mean?

I took these to the next level by stuffing them with peanut butter cups.  It’s like homemade cookie meets candy bar.

That’s how I roll.  With sweets upon sweets inside sweets near sweets.

This particular sweet creation is the brain child of The Incomparable Miss K.  It seems she is a fan of peanut butter.  And peanut butter cookies.  And peanut butter cups.  And putting them all together.

Which is probably why she is so incomparable.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - they're stuffed with peanut butter cups!

The key to these babies is a muffin tin.  You put a little dough in the bottom of the muffin cups, then put a peanut butter cup on top, and a little more dough over that.

Then bake to peanut butter perfection.

I wanted to give them a peanut butter cookie look even though they didn’t look like a traditional cookie.  I dumped them out on the cooling rack upside down, and left them there a couple minutes.  It gave them a square grid pattern on top that reminded me of the crosshatch that most peanut butter cookies have.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - they're stuffed with peanut butter cups!

The really fun thing about these is that, like the preachers daughter, they’re not as innocent as they look.  Cut them open and surprise people with a little extra decadence!

Decadence that requires a glass of milk, and a grateful nod to The Incomparable Miss K.

 

Want more?  Try these stuffed cookies!

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Chocolate Cookies
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Peanut Butter Cookies
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Chocolate Chunk Cookies

 

 

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
 
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A peanut butter cookie stuffed with a peanut butter cup.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: about 18
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 16-20 peanut butter cups
Instructions
  1. Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt and soda and mix well. Add flour and mix just until combined.
  3. Prepare a well-greased muffin tin. Take a small amount of dough, and flatten into a disc, and place it in the bottom of the muffin cup. Place a peanut butter cup on top. Make a second disc of dough and place that on top of the peanut butter cup. Fill all muffin cups this way.
  4. Bake at 350F for 13-18 minutes, until edges are a bit dry and center appears done. Remove from oven, and use a knife or spoon to loosen cookies. Turn out on to a cooling rack and allow to cool.

 

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies

Crispy chocolate peanut butter marshmallow brownies!  These brownies have a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping that will knock your socks off!

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - fudgy brownies with gooey marshmallows and a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping!One of my favorite things about food blogging is the food blogging community.  I have made some awesome blogging friends, who like to talk about food photography and blog plugins just as much as I do.

One of my very best bloggy buddies is Carla at Chocolate Moosey.  And when I mentioned to her that I needed a killer brownie recipe for the upcoming family reunion brownie bake-off for eternal fame and glory, she suggested I try her Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies.

It was a brilliant suggestion.  They are amazing.

Which is why I’m sharing them with you today.  I made a couple small changes, to make them my own and all, but overall, this brilliant recipe is all Carla.

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - fudgy brownies with gooey marshmallows and a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping!

The family brownie bake-off was a good time, by the way.  I still didn’t kick Maren’s butt, but I have high hopes for the next contest, which is all about cookies.

The big winner was actually Grandma.  No surprise there, the woman is a fantastic cook and baker, despite her inability to smell the amazing things she makes.  Her winning bar was very similar to this one, which is so addictive I literally had to quit making it.

I also attempted a second brownie, this one with a mint cheesecake swirl, but I never could get the thing to bake all the way through for some reason, and it was really too gooey to be enjoyed.  #foodbloggerproblems  We all have those days, right?

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - fudgy brownies with gooey marshmallows and a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping!

What I love about this brownie is everything.  Honestly.  That crispy chocolate-peanut-butter topping is to die for.

One suggestion:  I have tried them warm and cold, and I recommend eating them cold.  The marshmallow is easier to eat, the topping has a nicer texture, and they cut cleanly into pretty little squares.  It’s a win-win.

Even if it didn’t win the family reunion bake-off.

 

Want more?  Check out these brownie recipes!

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Cheesecake Brownies
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Cookies
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Brownies

 

 adapted from Chocolate Moosey

5.0 from 2 reviews
Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies
 
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A fudgy chocolate brownie, topped with marshmallows and a crispy peanut butter topping.
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Recipe type: Brownies
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 oz. chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup flour
  • 25 large marshmallows
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup crisp rice cereal
Instructions
  1. Chop chocolate, and place in a bowl with butter. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.
  2. Let cool slightly, then add eggs, sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Add salt, soda, and flour, and mix well.
  4. Pour batter into a 9x9 pan, and bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven, place marshmallows evenly on top (I did a 5x5 grid) and return to oven. Bake an additional 7-8 minutes, until marshmallows are puffy and slightly browned.
  5. Let brownies cool completely.
  6. In a small bowl, place chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted. Add crisp rice cereal, and stir well. Pour over cooled brownies. Place in fridge and chill until topping is hardened.
  7. Cut into 9 large or 16 small squares.

 

 

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies

This peanut butter and jelly cookie is perfect for back to school!  The kids will love this peanut butter and jelly cookie.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies - Peanut butter cookies sandwiched with peanut butter filling and jam.Y’all, my sister is back.  Remember when Em made her debut on this blog, with this Cilantro Lime Jalapeno Lemonade?  Today she is celebrating PB&J.  Just in time, too, since school is starting.

Take it away, Em!

 

“It’s peanut butter jelly time somewhere” I said, leaning over the sink, cramming a sandwich into my mouth.

Is it just me or does anyone else think that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches could end wars?  It’s like an acceptable way to eat dessert for lunch, which is funny because we’re adults.  We can eat whatever we want whenever we want to.  I still feel like I need to justify eating a PB&J though, which I do by telling myself that the protein is good for me.  (See how I completely ignored the vast amounts of sugar to focus on the protein?  I’m like the patron saint of sandwiches.)

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies - Peanut butter cookies sandwiched with peanut butter filling and jam.

I really can’t think of a food more universally adored than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches….except for maybe cookies.

While chocolate chip is probably the most commonly known and loved variety of cookies, I’m saying “give peanut butter and jelly a chance”.  Although, when it comes to these PB&J cookies, I really should be saying “give peanut butter and BUTTER and jelly a chance” because GOOD GRIEF is there a lot of butter in these bad boys!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies - Peanut butter cookies sandwiched with peanut butter filling and jam.

But let me tell you, they’re worth every calorie.  These are, without a doubt, the messiest and yummiest cookies ever.  If John Lennon were still around, he’d write songs about them.

 

Want more?  Check out these sandwiches!

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Peanut Butter Sandwich
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Sandwiches
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Cookies

 

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies
 
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A delicious peanut butter cookie sandwiched with your favorite jam.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 16
Ingredients
COOKIE:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup chunky peanut butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup quick oats
FILLING:
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ⅓ cup jam of your choice (I used strawberry)
Instructions
  1. To make the cookies: heat oven to 350 F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper (or spray with cooking spray). Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and chunky peanut butter until smooth. Beat in sugars until well blended. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low speed, beat in flour mixture until just blended, then stir in oats.
  3. Spoon level tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Using a floured fork, make a crisscross pattern on top of each ball by pressing dough into flat 2¼-inch circle, about ¼-inch thick. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned at edges. Let cool on baking sheet 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the filling: In a bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat sugar, smooth peanut butter, butter, and milk until smooth and fluffy. Spread 2 teaspoons of the peanut butter mixture on bottoms of half of the cookies. Spread jam on bottoms of the remaining cookies, using 1 teaspoon for each cookie. Sandwich together peanut butter-covered cookies with jam-covered cookies.

 

 

Scotcheroos

These rice krispie scotcheroos are easy to make and delicious.  Peanut butter rice crispy treats with karo syrup, and chocolate frosting.

Scotcheroos from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.Two years ago, these Scotcheroos were responsible for a krispie treat death match for eternal fame and glory.

Sound exaggerated?  Yeah, it is.  The death match was actually a family krispie-treat bake-off (or, more acccurately, no-bake-off) with biased judges and not-so-anonymous entries at the bi-annual family reunion.  And while we may claim eternal fame and glory, what we actually won more closely resembled a spatula and wooden spoon.

The krispie treat contest spawned a new family tradition.  At this year’s reunion, the contest was all about brownies.

I’ll be posting about the brownie bake-off soon, but in the meantime, I want to revisit my all time favorite krispie treat, the one that started all the hubbub, the krispie treat that could (and at times has) double as a birthday cake… Scotcheroos.

Scotcheroos from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.

If you’re at all interested in reading about the trash talk, unfair judging, and Fruity Pebbles, mint and peanut butter krispie treats, you can read all about it here.

Can I just describe to you why this is arguably the best krispie treat ever?  {Arguably, because OMG, THESE! which knocked my socks off.}

The biggest reason, besides the obvious heavenly peanut butter and chocolate combination, is corn syrup.

Scotcheroos from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.Scotcheroos from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.

Yes, corn syrup.  Because the presence of corn syrup means the absence of marshmallows.  Nothing against marshmallows, it’s hard to go wrong with cooked sugar, but I have just never really loved plain, old-fashioned, marshmallow krispie treats.  The corn syrup version gives a much softer, chewier, and in my humble opinion, far superior krispie treat texture.

As long as we are discussing ingredients, can I just say?  I think it’s a little weird that these are called Scotcheroos, because the only butterscotch in them is a half bag of butterscotch chips mixed with chocolate chips for frosting.  Mostly, they are peanut butter.

Then again, I don’t care what they are called, as long as they taste this heavenly and bring some eternal fame and glory!

 

Want more?  Check out these krispie treat recipes!

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Chocolate Krispies
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Krispie Treats
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Krispie Treats

 

Scotcheroos
 
A peanut butter krispie treat with chocolate frosting.
Author:
Recipe type: No-bake desserts
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 7 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips
  • 6 oz. butterscotch chips
Instructions
  1. Combine peanut butter, sugar, and corn syrup in a saucepan. Heat over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until well combined and sugar is mostly dissolved.
  2. Pour cereal into a large bowl. Pour warm peanut butter mixture over cereal, and stir until well combined.
  3. Press mixture into a 9x13 pan.
  4. Place chocolate and butterscotch chips in a bowl, and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and combined.
  5. Pour chocolate mixture over krispie treats, using a knife to spread evenly. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes, until chocolate is set. Cut into 12 large or 20 small bars.

 

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

An easy chocolate peanut butter recipe!  These chocolate cookies are stuffed with peanut butter filling.

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookiesMy son and my nephew, Tank, are both the same age, and both attend the same local high school.  My kids normally take their lunches to school, but Tank  has to choose.  Sometimes he packs his own lunch, and sometimes he takes money for food.

He normally chose to spend his money on a slice of pizza.  Only, he didn’t enjoy the pizza.  At. All.  One day, he took his pizza, sat next to The Fruitarian, and said, “Another day, another terrible pizza!”  We still can’t figure out why he kept buying it, if he hated it so much!

Later in the year, The Fruitarian purchased a slice of that pizza himself, and reported back to us.  “That pizza really is terrible!”  He had to force himself to eat half of it, so he wouldn’t be too hungry the rest of the school day.

 

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies

I’ll be holding Tank’s birthday cookies to a higher standard.  When I asked him what he wanted, Tank had the flavor combination all worked out.

He has seen his siblings get their own cookies for their birthdays, {remember these?  These?  And these?}  so I suspect he had been giving it some thought before he talked to me.

I was only too happy to give him exactly what he asked for.  And, truth be told, I was kind of excited to sample one myself!  Because chocolate and peanut butter are amazing.

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies

I chose to use a cake mix for the cookies, just to keep it simple.  When cookies involve extra steps, like frosting, cutting, or stuffing, it’s nice to make at least some of those steps easy.

If you prefer not to use a cake mix, a regular chocolate cookie recipe like this one would work just as well.  This is also an easy recipe to adapt for gluten free baking, using a gluten free cake mix, and gluten free powdered sugar to mix with the peanut butter.

My real goal with this cookie is to get Tank to say, “Another day, another terrific cookie!”  Think I’ll succeed?

 

Want more?  Here are more chocolate and peanut butter treats!

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Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
 
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A chocolate cake mix cookie stuffed with peanut butter filling.
Author:
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (any chocolate cake is fine, I used Devil's Food.)
  • ½ cup shortening or butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine chocolate cake mix with shortening and eggs. Mix well.
  2. In a separate small bowl, combine peanut butter with powdered sugar. It should form a crumbly mixture.
  3. Scoop a spoonful of cookie dough into your hand, and flatten the middle. Drop a small amount of peanut butter mixture in the center, and wrap the chocolate dough around it, using more dough if needed, to seal up the peanut butter mixture completely. Repeat for each cookie.
  4. Place cookies on baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 9-11 minutes. Let cool 1-2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies

This muddy buddies recipe uses chocolate chip cookies!  Popcorn and pretzels also make this muddy buddies recipe a fun one.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!True story:  just this spring, we purchased air conditioning and a brand spanking new furnace.  Isn’t is exciting being an adult, and spending thousands of dollars on a furnace?!

Then, it quit working.  And did it quit working on a day when it’s 80 degrees and overcast?  Of course not.  It’s quits working on Friday evening, just before a whole weekend of 100 degree, full blazing sun weather.

Don’t worry… a faulty valve was to blame, and our awesome contractor had it fixed in no time, (and by “no time” of course, I mean that the poor guy spent a couple hours in full sun, mid-afternoon on the south side of my house when it was 100 degrees) so we’re cool now, but it was a rough weekend.

On top of that, when I went out for popsicles and frozen hot chocolate, the brand spankin’ new radiator in my car sprang a leak and left a lake of antifreeze in the drive up window at the sandwich shop.  It took me more than an hour to nurse my poor overheating car about 3 miles home.

Maybe you saw me feeling grateful for the nearby condo complex which decided to water their lawn in the middle of the day?  It was the only way we managed to stay cool after an hour of full sun and running the heater.  I seriously felt like I was doomed to a life of sweating.  (So this is hell, eh?)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!

I can tell you one thing, I was not not NOT going to use the oven.  Or the stove.  I was even apprehensive about using the air popper to make popcorn.

So, we ate muddy buddies.  Hooray!

This particular version, in addition to the expected Chex cereal, also has popcorn and pretzels, and chocolate chip cookie bark.  If you’re not familiar with the cookie bark, I highly recommend you check that out here.  You can also use crunchy packaged cookies, but cookie bark is ever so much tastier.

I was fortunate to have some in my pantry.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!

I actually had to take a cold shower to cool down after that little disaster of a trip to the store.

Between the cool water and the chocolatey treats, my mood recovered much more quickly than my car did!

 

Want more? Check out these fun snacks!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies
 
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Cereal, popcorn and pretzels coated with chocolate and peanut butter, and tossed with crunchy chocolate chip cookie pieces.
Author:
Recipe type: Snacks
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Chex rice or corn cereal
  • 4 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 cups broken pretzels
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 cups chopped cookie bark or crunchy packaged chocolate chip cookies
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine Chex, popcorn, and pretzels.
  2. Place chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a small bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Add vanilla and stir.
  3. Pour chocolate mixture over Chex mixture, stirring until well coated.
  4. Add powdered sugar and toss to coat.
  5. Add chopped cookie bark or cookies.
Notes
Find a recipe for cookie bark here: http://jensfavoritecookies.com/2014/07/14/chocolate-chip-cookie-bark/

 

Peanut Butter Snickers Ice Cream Pops

These easy SNICKERS® ice cream pops are easy to make, and eat on the go!  Enjoy with a Dr Pepper!

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.

Peanut Butter Snickers Ice Cream PopsI really thought my life would slow down a little when summer started.  I don’t know why I do this to myself.  Every year, I think summer will be less busy and more fun, and every summer I struggle to stay on top of all the activities.

One of these years I’ll learn.

I’ve started coping by just keeping a few things handy, like camping chairs and big blankets in the back of the car, sunscreen in the glove box, and portable snacks in the pantry.

This week, I decided my portable snacks ought to be homemade, and since I recently purchased some popsicle molds, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to test them out.

Also, it gave me an excuse to eat SNICKERS®.  Let’s just say, the SNICKERS® and Diet Dr Pepper are super easy to find near the registers at Walmart.  And they are both super awesome.

Peanut Butter Snicker Ice Cream Pops from JensFavoriteCookies.com - easy to make, and to eat on the go!Peanut Butter Snicker Ice Cream Pops from JensFavoriteCookies.com - easy to make, and to eat on the go!

Homemade ice cream is actually quite easy to make, even without an ice cream machine.  Knowing that, I should probably make it more frequently than I do.

My all-time favorite ice cream flavor?  Well, actually, it’s chocolate.  (No surprise there.)  But my second favorite flavor?  Peanut butter.  And it must must must use real peanut butter and not some kind of peanut butter flavored syrup.  Because…  gross.  Just gross.

Therefore, I used peanut butter ice cream, with some chopped up SNICKERS® bars in it, to make these ice cream pops that are perfect for busy summers.

Peanut Butter Snicker Ice Cream Pops from JensFavoriteCookies.com - easy to make, and to eat on the go!Peanut Butter Snicker Ice Cream Pops from JensFavoriteCookies.com - easy to make, and to eat on the go!

By the way, as long as we are talking about Snickers, #CollectiveBias and I would like to share some good news with you.

Right now, there is a coupon available that will give you $1 off your purchase of (2) SNICKERS® 2-to-go bars and (2) 20-oz. bottles of Dr Pepper!  Click here for the coupon.

Here are the details:

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  • SNICKERS® 2-to-go, SNICKERS® Almond 2-to-go, SNICKERS® Peanut Butter 2-to-go

Additionally, there is a #Refuel2Go sweepstakes happening!  Once you purchase your (2) SNICKERS® 2-to-go bars and (2) 20-oz. bottles of Dr Pepper, just email or text your receipt to refuel@drvusa.com for a chance to win one of 250 Walmart gas/gift cards.

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Want more?  Check out these frozen treats!

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Peanut Butter Snickers Ice Cream Pops
 
Easy peanut butter ice cream with Snickers, made into portable pops.
Author:
Recipe type: Ice Cream
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • 2 Snickers 2-to-go bars, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. In a stand mixer, whip cream until soft peaks form.
  2. Add milk and peanut butter, and mix well, making sure mixture is smooth. Fold in chopped Snickers bars.
  3. Pour mixture into popsicle molds. Insert sticks and freeze for 5-6 hours. To remove, run hot water over the molds, taking care not to get water on the ice cream.

 

Peanut Butter Granola Bites

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Peanut Butter Granola Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  packed with protein, dried fruits, and nuts.Robb and I have been having this disagreement lately.

It all started when I decided to make some healthier eating choices.  The truth is, I found the new rules to be kind of a drastic change from the old ones, and really difficult to stick to.  So, I came up with a brilliant plan…

Half-measures.

I figured I could have a weaning-off period, a period during which I don’t completely give myself to the new lifestyle with wreckless abandon, but I start moving in that direction by getting halfway there.  Robb has always been a black-and-white kind of guy, so the whole idea of half measures makes him nuts.

He says I should just do it, or not do it.  Half measure are for wimps.

To each his own, I guess, my half measures have been working out great for me.

Peanut Butter Granola Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  packed with protein, dried fruits, and nuts.

One of my alternatives to junk-food snacking this season is these Granola Bites.  There is still enough sweetness in them to make them really fun and delicious, while packing a protein punch that keeps the cravings at bay. Continue reading “Peanut Butter Granola Bites” »

Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s March 25, and it’s chocolate peanut butter day!  Today’s event is hosted by Carla of ChocolateMoosey and Miriam of OvertimeCook, and involves more than 30 fantastic bloggers! I have not been compensated for this post or giveaway.

Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - for #chocPBday !  Come check out all 31 amazing chocolate and peanut butter recipes!I recently polled my Facebook fans, and asked them about this issue that is very important in our day:

Do you prefer a chocolate cookie with a little bit of peanut butter?  Or a peanut butter cookie with a little bit of chocolate?

#firstworldproblems, you know.

Most of my fans chose a peanut butter cookie with a little bit of chocolate, which was fortunate, because I had already made this amazing peanut butter cookie and stuffed it with a little chocolate filling.

I showed Robb my photos of this creation, and his reply was, “Did I get one of those?”  Pretty sure I made these while he was out of town.  There was no hope for him.  They were gone within hours.

Don’t feel bad for him, though.  He ate at at least a dozen fantastic restaurants without me while he was out of town.

Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - for #chocPBday !  Come check out all 31 amazing chocolate and peanut butter recipes!

Since chocolate and peanut butter are such an amazing and well-loved flavor combination, and today is Chocolate Peanut Butter Day, some friends and I got together to share our absolute favorite peanut butter chocolate treats with you!

These are some talented bloggers, my friends.  I just know you are going to love everything on this list! Continue reading “Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies” »

Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Bars

Nutella dessert recipes; You’ll love this peanut butter nutella dessert recipes!

Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Bars from Jen's Favorite CookiesIt’s January.  I’m supposed to be exercising and eating brown rice for dinner and green smoothies for breakfast, and spending my free time organizing my closets.

But, you guys…  I’m terrible at eating healthy.  I’m terrible at exercising.  And I’d rather have a root canal than start an organizing project right now.  The mere thought gives me heart palpitations.

You know what I’m great at?  Peanut Butter.  PEANUT BUTTER.  And baking.  And they go together like Bonnie and Clyde.

And these bars might be the death of me.  Like Bonnie and Clyde.

Last night, after I was complaining about an e-mail I was expecting but hadn’t received, Robb told me I’m terrible at waiting, too.  “You’re a terrible waiter,” he said, right to my face.  I stared at him for a long time.  I didn’t want it to be true.  But I have to admit that he’s right.  I get impatient fast.

Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

You can’t even imagine the self-control I had to exercise for these babies.  I wanted to eat the dough with a spoon.

It was pure torture, waiting for them to bake, waiting for them to cool, waiting for them to be photographed before I could swan dive face first into them.  Under normal circumstances, I would have burned my mouth eating a big spoonful right as I pulled the out of the oven.  It might be the hardest thing about food blogging… the waiting.

Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

When I finally did get to take a bite…   ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshthesearesogoodimmakingthisagaintomorrow. 

Good thing I was home alone.  Well, almost alone.  The dog gave me a funny look.

He was probably jealous.

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Lightly adapted from Averie Cooks

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Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Bars
 
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Fudgy peanut butter blondies swirled with Nutella.
Author:
Recipe type: Bars
Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • ⅓ cup Nutella
Instructions
  1. Cream butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla, and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined.
  4. Press mixture into an 8x8 pan. Drop Nutella in spoonfuls on top of dough. Use a knife to swirl the Nutella into the dough.
  5. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into 9 bars.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Peanut Butter Nutella Swirl Cookies from Six Sisters Stuff
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Butterfinger Bark and Halloween Food Party

Easy Homemade Candy; this candy is similar to Butterfinger candy bars, and easy to make.

easy homemade candyI think I need to be up front about this and tell you that this brilliant genius easy-candy idea was not mine.  I wish it was, don’t get me wrong, but I really just cannot take credit.

I found this on Cookies and Cups, although I’m not sure Shelley can take credit either.  Whoever first thought to melt candy corn and mix it with peanut butter should get some kind of award.

The only part of this that was actually my idea was using the coffin-shaped cookie cutter.

Okay, so maybe I’m not in the running for genius of the year, but that is not going to stop me from sharing this fantastic recipe with you.  Because who knew you could make your own Butterfinger Candy Bars at home?!

Shelley is right that the texture is not quite as good as the real thing, but the flavor is, fo sho.  If you want a full tutorial with awesome pics and everything, just click through to the Cookies and Cups post.  But if you’re looking for more genius-of-the-year Halloween recipe ideas, you’re better off hanging out here.

Butterfinger Bark from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Because, y’all?!  My friends are back!!  And we’ve gathered up some amazing-awesome Halloween recipes just for you.  Because that’s the kind of friends we are.

Here’s the story.  Each one of my friends has made something fun today, and below is a photo and link to each and every one of them.  If I know you, you’re going to want to check out all of them.  Because that’s the kind of friend you are.  You might even be the friend who wants to share these ideas with your friends on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or whatever else you’re using.

Just click each image below to read the posts and get the recipes.

Butterfinger Bark from Jen's Favorite Cookies Chocolate Pumpkin Cut-Out Cookies from Created By Diane Chocolate Crepes with Pumpkin Filling from Pineapple and Coconut Vampire Delight Martini Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookie Cups from Chocolate Moosey Rice Krispie Candy Corn from That Skinny Chick Can Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Halloween Puppy Chow Homemade Sour Patch Kids from What Smells So Good Reese's PB&C Pretzel Crust Pie from Hungry Couple Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies from Crumb Blog Pumpkin Pie Fudge from Juanita's Cocina Chocolate Pumpkin Layer Cake from Gotta Get Baked

Let’s talk about Butterfingers again.  Am I boring you yet?

easy homemade candyhomemade-butterfinger

Important Tip #1: Use fresh candy corn.  Just like with marshmallows in krispie treats, old and stale candy corn is not your friend.  Feed those to the kids and get a new bag for your Butterfingers.

Important Tip #2: Get the peanut butter ready ahead of time, as well as a big strong spoon and some elbow grease.  Once the candy corn comes out of the microwave, you’re going to need to get crackin’ on mixing in that peanut butter.  This stuff sets up fast, it’s hard to stir, and you’re going to need to work fast and hard.

Slightly less Important Tip #3:  You probably figured this out on your own, but the coffin cookie cutter is totally unnecessary.  Personally, I made a few Butterfinger coffins, and then I cut the rest into neat little rectangles with a big knife.  I like this idea too, because you can control the portion size (for my kids.  and myself.) and you don’t have any waste.

I hope you enjoy this bark, and all the genius Halloween recipes today!  Drop me a comment below if you did!

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Butterfinger Bark and Halloween Food Party
 
A simple homemade candy similar to Butterfinger candy bars.
Author:
Recipe type: Candy
Ingredients
  • 24 oz. chocolate chips (2 bags)
  • 20 oz. candy corn (about 4 cups)
  • 1¼ cups creamy peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Place half the chocolate chips in a microwave safe dish, and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted.
  2. Spread melted chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with foil.
  3. In a separate bowl, place candy corn. Microwave until melted, about 90-120 seconds. Very quickly stir, and stir in peanut butter. Mix well to combine.
  4. Spread candy corn mixture over chocolate layer carefully.
  5. Melt remaining chocolate as before, and spread over the top of the candy corn layer.
  6. Chill in fridge for about an hour, until set. Cut into pieces with a knife or cookie cutter. Store in refrigerator.

 easy homemade candy

Peanut Butter Blondies

Peanut butter brownies; this blondies recipe uses peanut butter and chocolate chips.  These peanut butter brownies are a family favorite.

peanut butter browniesI’ve been having this problem recently.  All my pans are disappearing.

My trusty 9×9?  Gone.  My 11×7 that I use when the 9×9 is busy?  Gone.  My glass pie plate?  Gone.

I swear there are bakeware gremlins on the loose in the area.

Not to mention, I lost my favorite bread knife, and the dog ate one of my wooden spoons.  True story.  He ate it.  Ripped it to shreds.  We were finding splinters for days.

So, I guess you know what I’ll be hoping to receive as birthday gifts.  (*wink wink*)

I’m telling you all this, because you’ve already looked at the pictures, and probably wondered why these brownies are round.    And now you know that this is what happens when you make your kids do the dishes.  The pans disappear and the dog eats the utensils.

I ended up using a 9-inch round cake pan for these blondies.  I didn’t mind, because they still baked up lovely and delicious, with yummy crusty edges, and they came out of the pan quite easily.  Plus, they look cool round.

peanut-butter-brownies

If anyone asks, that’s why they’re round.  Because they look cool.  Sleek.  Stylish.  It’s the next thing in blondies.

I’m a trendsetter, y’all.  Continue reading “Peanut Butter Blondies” »

Grilled Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich

This sandwich recipe uses peanut butter and Nutella; Recipe for a grilled sandwich with bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate hazelnut spread, a delicious after school snack.

grilled-sandwichI have this pet peeve.  Every time I tell my kids I’m running a quick errand and I will be home in 10 minutes, they call me.

Hippie Chick is notorious for this.  She will literally ignore me for hours, and the minute I leave the house, she has some pressing urgent issue to discuss with me that cannot wait 5 more minutes.

The minute I see the word “HOME” on my phone screen, I answer the phone this way:

Me: You better be bleeding out your eyes.
Hippie Chick: Uhhh….  Mom?  I’m hungry.  Can I have an apple?
Me: This can’t wait 2 and a half minutes until I get home?

These calls are basically always because they are hungry.

But I got the jump on them this time.  THIS time, I made the snacks BEFORE they got home from school.  Take that, kids.

Grilled Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich | Jen's Favorite Cookies

I can’t really claim this sandwich idea as my own.  This baby is the brainchild of my talented cousin.  I have these awesome cousins who live all over the country.  It’s lucky we have facebook, or I would have a tough time connecting with them.

She told me in a Facebook post about her delicious grilled PB&J sandwiches, with bananas and chocolate chips.  I mean, let’s face it, the idea is brilliant.  I did make some changes, mostly because I’m lazy.

First, I eighty-sixed the jam, partly because I wasn’t into that part of the idea, but mostly because I didn’t have any in the pantry.  Second, I traded out the chocolate chips for Nutella.

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In retrospect, that part may not have been such a good idea, because I basically gain weight every time there’s Nutella in the house.  The stuff is SO deliciously evil.

But, on the bright side, I earned myself 10 minutes of uninterrupted errand running.  (i.e. going to the gas station for Diet Coke.)  I hope.

Eat your sandwich, children.  And don’t call me.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Recipe for chocolate peanut butter cake with peanut butter frosting;  This peanut butter chocolate cake is layered with peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache.

peanut butter chocolate cakeThe Lizard is turning 16.

He’s incredibly anxious to start driving.  We probably talk about it every day.  I’m trying to see the upside of this situation, but I’m really not sure it’s worth the downside.

One of The Lizard’s finer qualities is that he is NOT a picky eater.  Hallelujah.  There had to be one in the family.  So when I asked him what kind of birthday cake he wanted, he had a hard time deciding.

Because he likes them all.

He finally settled on Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, which is just fine with me.  My family’s love of chocolate and peanut butter is practically legend.

After days of considering exactly how to make this cake (I wanted the cake to have peanut butter in it, and not just the frosting), I realized I had a new problem…  how to photograph it.

chocolate peanut butter cake

Here’s the thing.  You can’t photograph a cake without slicing it and looking at the inside.  And putting candles on a cake with a slice missing seems really uncool.

I stewed and stewed about this for days.  I asked The Lizard his opinion, and surprise, surprise, he had none.  Robb, on the other hand, had a brilliant idea.

Well, HE thought it was brilliant.

He suggested I slice the cake, take the pictures, then replace the slice and frost over it.  He thinks like such a man, doesn’t he?  I mean, how to you re-frost ganache topping?  And what happens when you’re ready to serve the cake and you need to find where it’s already been sliced?  And doesn’t he know how hard it is to frost over the crumbs that inevitably get all over everything when you slice it?

And, most importantly, how will I taste it?  I can’t very well serve and blog about a cake that is experimental and never been tasted, can I?  What if it tastes like soap?  Not that I think it would.  There is literally no way to combine chocolate and peanut butter that doesn’t taste good.

chocolate peanut butter cake recipe

But fate stepped in.

I had enough batter to bake three layers.  Only, the third layer turned out a little… not right.  Who can say why?  When I tried to pick it up and put it on the cake stand, it fell apart and broke into several pieces.

So there I was, standing in the kitchen with two beautiful layers of a three-layer cake, and one absolutely unusable one.

Aaaaand I had just a little more frosting than I needed.  I’m guessing you know what happened next.

peanut butter chocolate cake

So, I can honestly tell you that this cake is absolutely delicious.  Robb was crazy impressed, which doesn’t happen much.  It has an almost brownie-like texture.

And, as if chocolate peanut butter cake and peanut butter frosting weren’t enough, (and also because I might be the worst cake decorator the world has ever known) I covered the top with chocolate ganache and threw some chopped peanut butter cups on top.  I will tell my family that’s because it’s double delicious.  That way they will never know that it’s because I don’t want anyone to laugh at the dessert blogger who can’t frost a cake to save her soul.

Oh, about that missing slice of cake… Do you think anyone will notice?

 

 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
 
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A chocolate peanut butter cake with peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache, topped with chopped peanut butter cups.
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Recipe type: cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
CAKE:
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
FROSTING:
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 T. milk
  • about 2½ cups powdered sugar
GANACHE:
  • about 4 oz. chopped dark or bittersweet chocolate
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and peanut butter, and mix well.
  2. Add salt and soda, and cocoa, and mix well.
  3. Add milk alternately with flour, mixing just until combined.
  4. Prepare round pans by lining with wax paper or parchment paper, and coating with a non-stick spray.
  5. Separate batter evenly into three layer pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let layers cool before frosting.
  6. FROSTING: Combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth.
  7. GANACHE: Chop chocolate and place chocolate and cream in a double boiler. *(see notes) Stir until melted and smooth.
  8. ASSEMBLE: Place layer on cake stand and frost the top. Place second layer on top and frost. Place third layer on top and frost top and sides.
  9. Pour hot ganache over frosted cake, letting it spread across the top.
  10. Garnish with chopped peanut butter cups, if desired.
Notes
If you don't have a double boiler, place chocolate and cream in a heat-safe bowl. Place bowl over a pot of boiling water, making sure the bowl does not touch the water.

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Peanut Butter Bars (No Bake!)

No-bake easy peanut butter bars; These chocolate peanut butter bars are very popular and can be made very quickly.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars from JensFavoriteCookies.comPeriodically, I like to re-share some of my favorite recipes from past posts.  It’s a win-win situation, when you think about it.

Or win-win-win, for you fellow fans of The Office.  (If you haven’t seen it, there’s no way to describe it.  Just watch this one-minute video clip for yourself!)

You win, for being reminded of one of this site’s most popular (and most awesome) posts ever.
My kids win, for getting to eat one of their favorite treats again.
I win, for not having to worry if my next recipe will turn out decent.  I already know this one is solid.

It took the family no time at all to devour it.

I was actually worried they would devour it before I had a chance to photograph it, because I left the house for several hours, while the Hippie Chick and I attended a bridal shower.  You never know what will happen to those unattended treats.

Peanut Butter Bars from JensFavoriteCookies  -  Just 5 ingredients and NO BAKING!  You're going to love this one!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the simplest treats are the best.  The original version of this post has thousands of pins.  (That’s conclusive proof… right?!)

Plus, it has the trifecta: peanut butter, chocolate, and NO BAKING.  And only 5 ingredients.  That’s not a trifecta, what do you call that?  A quadrafecta?  Is that even a word?  At any rate, it’s weekend treat perfection.

May I now urge you to check out the original post?  That’s where the recipe will be.

Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  Just 5 ingredients and NO baking!  It's an instant family favorite.

As long as we’re all here, I’ll throw in a couple things I have learned about this recipe.

First, keep it in the fridge.  Especially if it is the least bit warm in your house.  The texture is better when it’s cold, and you’re less likely to get chocolate all over your favorite shirt.  Not that I know anything about that.

Second, buy the boxed graham cracker crumbs.  Because what good does it do you to throw together a brilliant 5- minute dessert if you have to spend 10 minutes chopping up graham crackers and another 10 minutes cleaning the food processor?

Third, you can totally use cookie cutters to make these babies double cute.  Use the egg-shaped cutter for Easter, and the tree-shaped cutter for Christmas, and the star for the 4th of July.  It might reduce your urge to buy Reese’s candies at those holidays.

But I make no guarantees.

For the recipe and instructions, click through to the original post on No Bake Peanut Butter Bars.

 

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Monster Cookies

Large peanut butter cookies with oats and chocolate chips; Learn how to make monster cookies with peanut butter, oats, and chocolate chips!

Monster Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  These large peanut butter oat cookies are sure to be a hit with your little monsters!Food Blogger Problems:  I have an addiction to purchasing food props.  I have a basket that is not just kind of overflowing with napkins and dishtowels.  I have a large cardboard box full of placemats and cookie cutters, paper napkins and seasonal glittery things.  I’m completely out of space on my shelves and in my cabinets for any more dishes or glasses or cake stands, but it doesn’t stop me from buying them.

Is there a 12-step program for this?

Here’s another one.  I feel compelled to pester everyone I know to give me ideas for new desserts and cookies.  What’s your favorite?  Do you prefer this or that?  Can you send me a recipe for that?

Or I pester them with all my latest photos.  What do you think of this picture?  How about this one?  How about this one?  Or this one?

I fear I’m becoming that friend.  The one you avoid because she cannot stop talking about her stupid blog.  I tell myself to tone it down all the time.

Monster Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  These large peanut butter oat cookies are sure to be a hit with your little monsters!

My latest new Food Blogger Problem involves my children, and their propensity to volunteer me to make cookies for all their parties and activities.  Which, don’t get me wrong, is all well and good, but the timing for baking and photographing is rarely good.

And I photograph everything.  I literally can’t stand to bake cookies and not take pictures of them.

Monster Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  These large peanut butter oat cookies are sure to be a hit with your little monsters!Monster Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  These large peanut butter oat cookies are sure to be a hit with your little monsters!

This time, the offspring (and I suspect the church youth leaders) planned ahead.  They gave me notice, multiple reminders, and even recipe suggestions.  After some discussion and debate, we decided on these Monster Cookies.  Because of their monstrous size, and because they are chock full of everything.

When you have a house full of 30 teenagers, a dainty, delicate cookie is just not going to get the job done.  You need a big monstrous cookie that is chock full of everything.

Now I only have one more problem…

… keeping my kids’ grubby hands off of them!

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