Hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day & weekend! My 24 hour surgery call Valentines date was not ideal, but I got a glimpse of the misery patients go through with having to spend a special day cooped up in a hospital room. And contrary to my teammates' wishes, I did not meet my valentine when we were consulted by the ED. The only contenders were elderly men...sadly all taken. Oh well!
Since I knew I'd need a sweet pick-me-up to get me through call, I decided to whip up a batch of peanut butter chocolate candy cookies. Peanut butter anything makes this girl happy. And since I was making them, I thought I'd make a double batch to share with my colleagues.
Because it was Valentine's Day, I came up with the idea to pretty them up a bit by using a 1M frosting tip to pipe the dough into a beautiful rosette shape. It was a labor of love since my hands were cramping after only half a batch. But it was definitely worth it to see the happy grins on the receivers' faces as they bit into these scrumptious treats.
Ingredients: Makes about 36 cookies
(Adapted from Betty Crocker)
1/8 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (feel free to add a few Tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
About 36 Dove chocolate hearts (or Hershey's Kisses or Brach's chocolate stars), unwrapped
Preheat oven to 375 deg F. Prepare baking sheets with aluminum foil.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together white sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, melted butter and egg together with an electric mixer.
Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and vanilla to form a dough.
You can either:
A.) Roll dough into 1.5 inch pieces and space at least 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
B.) Place a 1M frosting tip in a pastry bag. Use a spatula to scoop dough into the bag. Twist top and pipe small 2 inch wide rosettes on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. (The less width, but more height, the better if you want chewy - and less crunchy - cookies).
Place cookies in the preheated oven for 8 minutes or until bottoms are a light golden brown. Immediately press chocolate on top of each cookie and let them cool.
And now let me leave you with some Dove wisdom...
Have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by! :)
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