We’re slated for a huge rain/windstorm beginning later tonight, and I’m working on distracting myself from the anxiety that’s stirring up by baking cookies.
Also known as positively redirecting stress!
Our house is surrounded by a half dozen hundred foot-or-so tall pines, so big storms always conjure up images of said trees crashing down around/on top of me. And, all terrifying outcomes aside, it never hurts to have chocolatey peanut buttery treats on hand, should the power go out.
Soft and chewy, with a brownie-like quality, and the unmistakable goodness of peanut butter mixed in, these dark chocolate peanut butter cookies are everything I look for in a cookie. I’m in love.
(Dark) chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven any time of year, but these orange-flecked babes, studded with Reese’s Pieces peanut butter candies, seem especially suited for a Halloween dessert table spread.
Reese’s peanut butter cups were always one of my very favorite treats in the yearly trick-or-treat haul, and they’re even better in cookie form.
The only downside to these chocolate beauties? They have a mandatory chilling period of a few hours. I know. It helps the cookies hold their shape, and lets the flavors intensify and meld together.
But it’s worth it, promise. One bite of these peanut buttery chocolate cookies, and you’ll completely forgive the wait. They’re wonderfully chewy and soft (without being cakey), and full of flavor. A chocolate lover’s dream.
Also, ordinarily, I’d just stir the Reese’s into the batter, where they mostly disappear, adding a burst of sweet peanut butter with each chocolate-y cookie bite. But, just for aesthetics, I added a few on top of each, in the last couple minutes of baking. Reserve a small handful, if you’d like to do the same, just for decoration.
Now, excuse me while I collect our candles and solar lanterns and hunker down with my emergency cookie supply…
This post is not sponsored by Reese’s – they’re just the perfect candy for these cookies!