Chocolate Peanut butter cookies made with five simple ingredients.
Long time no see! Again… I apologize. I’m working on posting more, I promise!
Remember that children’s book, When You Give A Mouse A Cookie? I loved that book, and one of my first cookbooks was a companion to that- a cookie cookbook for children. My favorite recipe to make from this cookbook was a super easy peanut butter cookie that had only four ingredients: Peanut butter, granulated sugar, eggs, and a splash of vanilla. I had all but forgotten about these cookies until I started seeing versions of them popping up all over the internet. I was then inspired to make them again!
But this time, I added CHOCOLATE- peanut butter is great on it’s own, but it’s also wonderful with chocolate. Why do Reese’s s sell so well? A marriage of two wonderful things. These cookies are quick to make, soft and crunchy at the same time, and keep well for a week. They do seem drier and a bit more crumbly than your average cookie, but in testing this recipe the recipe I’m listing below was the best. The second time I made these cookies, I added a second egg hoping the cookies would turn out softer. While they were softer, they were much chewier and there was something about them that seemed off. My roommate and I agreed that the first batch was much better with only one egg, so that is the recipe I am listing below.
I added brown sugar, which adds softness as well as a richer flavor, and I added chocolate for flavor! The best part about these cookies is that they are gluten free, so it’s enjoyable for our friends with gluten allergies. There’s also no dough chilling required- meaning you can have cookies that taste like peanut butter cups in just 15 minutes. What could be better?
Silky peanut butter filling with peanut butter cups and a chocolate ganache.
Remember a few weeks ago when I made my chocolate chip cookie brownie pie? That was excellent for chocolate lovers, now it’s time for us peanut butter lovers! I don’t like wasting ingredients I buy for food, and I was really craving peanut butter. Honestly, I’m usually graving the heavenly stuff, but this time was intense. So I stocked up on peanut butter, grabbed a bag of mini peanut butter cups, and whipped up a pie.
It’s incredibly easy, and comes together in one bowl. Simply mix together peanut butter, butter, sugar, an egg, and a touch of flour to create an intensely peanut butter flavor filling and pour it over a crust with some peanut butter cups. Death by peanut butter, anyone? I used those bite size peanut butter cups, but feel free to chop up some full size cups if you have those on hand already.
My roommate, not being as much of a fan of peanut butter as I am, requested a chocolate topping, so I also made a quick ganache in the microwave. Honestly, it was kind of an accident that it became a ganache. I intended to have a chocolate drizzle, so I melted chocolate chips and added some milk to thin it out and to keep it from becoming a goopy mess. I ended up with what looked like a glaze, that eventually set up into a nice ganache that you can just eat with a spoon. (We may or may not have actually done that…)
This pie is incredible, and only takes less than 30 minutes to make. It’s perfect for when you need a quick dessert for your family dinner or to take to a potluck. Dress it up with sprinkles for halloween, or make it to change things up from apple and pumpkin pies at your thanksgiving dinner!
Roll out pie crust and fill with peanut butter cups.
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Melt together butter and peanut butter in the microwave. Add in sugar, flour, and egg.
Pour over peanut butter cups.
bake for 15-20 minutes, until edges are pulling away from crust and a toothpick can be inserted into the middle and come out clean.
While pie is baking, make the ganache. Place chocolate chips and milk in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds and stir until smooth; you may need to heat for another 15-30 seconds. It will be quite thin at first, but will thicken as it sits. Drizzle over cooled pie before serving.