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Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies

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Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are delicious just as they are – and that is probably why people don’t tend to stuff as many mix-ins into peanut butter cookie dough as they do with chocolate chip cookie dough. But peanut butter is very versatile and can go with all kinds of other flavors – especially if one of those flavors happens to be chocolate. These Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies are pb cookies taken over the top, stuffed with chopped peanuts, mini peanut butter cups and chocolate covered pretzels for a cookie that is definitely not just another peanut butter cookie

A classic peanut butter cookie is the base of this creation, made with just enough peanut butter to ensure that they have a peanut butter flavor that won’t get lost with all the ad-ins. The cookies are tender and slightly chewy, which is a nice backdrop for the creamy mini chocolate peanut butter cups and the crunchy chocolate covered pretzels. The pretzels also add a little hint of salt to the cookies. It’s a great combination all around – but I have to admit that at the end of the day, they are just fun to eat!

I added roasted and salted peanuts to these cookies, chopping them up finely before stirring them in. Using crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy peanut butter would get you the same result in terms of texture, but I liked the little bit of additional salt that came from the peanuts because it amped up the salty-sweet contrast between the peanut butter and chocolate elements of the cookie. Taste your peanut butter before you start, because if you find it to be very salty on its own, you might not want that additional hint of salt. I will also note that my chocolate covered pretzels were not particularly salty, so if yours are, then you might not want to opt for salted peanuts as an additional mix in and use unsalted instead.

Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies

Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp finely chopped roasted peanuts
2/3 cup coarsely chopped chocolate covered pretzels (1 cup whole)
2/3 cup mini peanut butter cups

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, peanut butter and vanilla until well combined. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture, then stir in the coarsely chopped peanuts, chocolate covered pretzels and mini peanut butter cups, mixing until well-distributed.
Drop dough in 1-inch balls onto prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until light golden around the edges.
Allow cookies to cool for 4-5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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  • Michelle
    May 29, 2013

    Peanut butter and pretzels is always a winning combination, can’t wait to try these!

  • Cookin Canuck
    May 29, 2013

    Oh my…I will thinking about this for quite a long time. I guess that means I’m obligated to make a batch and eat them all this weekend. 🙂

  • Nicole
    May 29, 2013

    Cookin’ Canuck – That sounds like a great plan to me!

  • Load ’em up! Love what you did with this cookie.

  • JEP
    May 30, 2013

    Your photos are awesome! Love peanut butter cookies with lots of “extras”.

  • Linda
    May 30, 2013

    Nicole, would the chocolate covered peanut butter filled pretzels at Trader Joe’s work? I was thinking that might be a step up from the chocolate covered pretzel but maybe not. Thanks!

  • Nicole
    May 31, 2013

    Linda – They will probably work, but you would have to chop them up and the pretzel shells on the filled pretzels tend to shatter very easily, so you might not get the same effect as with the plain chocolate covered pretzels. It’s worth a try though!

  • Linda
    June 1, 2013

    Thanks, Nicole, I’ll let you know if it works!

  • Linda
    June 17, 2013

    Nicole, I did make these and they were also a big hit at our Cookie Decorating Day event. I didn’t take out the chopped chocolate covered pretzels but instead left out the 3 T. of chopped peanuts and add maybe a handful (I did it by weight and said 1 3/8 oz). I think that worked well to allow the pretzels to do their thing and give a bit of extra chocolate (milk instead of dark on the pretzels) and a little more PB hit. Everyone thought they were super and one young gal even asked for the recipe. I recommend trying this one!

  • Nicki
    June 22, 2013

    Why does this recipe have a 1/2 cup of white sugar in addition to the 1/2 cup of brown sugar, whereas the Brown sugar peanut butter cookie recipe only has a 1/2 cup of brown sugar? I would think with all the sugary additions in this recipe, you wouldn’t need more sugar. All the other ingredients are more or less the same.

  • Nicole
    June 23, 2013

    Nicki – The extra sugar contributes to the chewy texture.

  • Sherry in Union, KY
    July 29, 2013

    I made these this afternoon for my grad school classmates. They are heavenly and will be enjoyed. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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