My mom was the ultimate care package sender in college. She would send my brother and I a box of goodies for Halloween, winter finals, Valentine's Day, and Easter. It was always such a sweet thing that she did and something I know I want to do for my kids in the far-off future. My mom would try to always include something homemade, either chocolate chip cookies or these peanut butter cookies. The peanut butter ones were my favorite as I didn't make them myself very often--you know how there are some things your mom makes that just taste better? These cookies are one of them, and they always remind me of being in college in the fall. She got the recipe from a Pillsbury box, I believe. They are sweet and salty and the crunchy peanuts on top make a great contrast to the creamy peanut butter filling inside. They also keep well as the filling keeps the cookie chewy.
ultimate Peanut butter cookies (adapted from Pillsbury)
- 1 batch of your favorite PB cookie dough, chilled. I used a store bought one but I'm sure homemade would be even better!
- 1/2 c. creamy PB
- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
- 1/4 c. dry roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 c. granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix PB and powdered sugar together in a bowl using spatula until well-combined (see second photo).
Combine granulated sugar, peanuts, and cinnamon in a second bowl and stir with fork.
Meanwhile, get your chilled peanut butter cookie dough ready (mine is pictured below).
Take a ping-pong-sized piece of dough, roll into ball, and then flatten. Place a quarter-sized dollop of powdered sugar/PB filling in center. Seal edges like a potsticker so filling is completely wrapped up, and then re-shape dough into ball (below).
Roll filled cookie dough ball around in mixture, making sure it's entirely covered.
Take a glass and gently press down on dough balls until they are flattened to about 1/2 inch thick.
Bake at 375-degrees for 7-12 minutes. Cookies will be slightly cracked but not browned. Err on side of underbaking, they always tend to bake longer after you take them out of the oven.
When done they should look like this! They will all have a small raised lump in the middle which is the ooey-gooey peanut butter filling. Cookies can be kept in a rubbermaid for a week or frozen for up to 2 months.