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20 October 2012

Chocolate Peanut-Butter Pudding Cookies



The hubster loves trying new food/new recipes- so learning to cook meals for two was really something for the hubby. For me- I love dessert and I woke up craving cookies. I am not sure what it is about cookies- but they really satisfy my sweet tooth. So after preparing dinner- I decided to make these cookies that have been enticing me since I saw them on Pinterest. They looked, hands down delicious and I have never made a peanut butter cookie- so a first is always fun.

Of course the the jar of peanut butter opening and the smell of peanut butter- just beyond excited Ninja. Ninja knows very well now- which things we open in the kitchen that are meant for him and which are for "us." Well, he was sad to find out that today I did not open the peanut butter for him. But I am glad that it was for me. I made these cookies less than an hour ago and I've already eaten five. This blog is not helping me keep up with my wedding weight loss. I really hope there is something called newlywed 15 (kinda like freshman 15 when you start college- but for newlyweds). I know the hubby eats more because he was used to the bachelor diet and I definitely eat more without "Im getting married" looming over me :) Im going to have to motivate myself to start giving my baked good away (and right away) and start running again. But man, oh man...are they hard to resist ;)






CHOCOLATE PEANUT-BUTTER PUDDING COOKIES

INGREDIENTS

Preheat oven to 350F degrees

2 1/4 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 box (3.4- 3.56 oz) vanilla pudding
1 1/2 stick of butter, softened
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. honey
1 c. milk chocolate chips
1 c. peanut butter chips
1 c. Reese's Pieces

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, and vanilla pudding- set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together (on medium speed) butter, peanut butter, and both sugars until fluffy (about 5 minutes). Then add eggs-- one at a time--, vanilla and honey. Scrape down sides. Reduce to low speed and add flour mixtures. Combine until just incorporated. Add chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and reeses pieces.

Line two cookie sheets with either aluminum foil, parchment, or wax paper- and scoop 1 1/2 inch cookie dough balls onto sheet (I used a cookie dough scoop and then rolled between my palms for a nice round shape). Space cookies 2 inches apart and bake for 8-10 minutes . Let cool for about 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Enjoy,
Chika

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