Texas Al’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Today’s cookie recipe was emailed to me by Erica, who got it from her uncle.¬†Erica sent it to me in PDF form, so I got to see the original format. Fun! I love seeing recipes on original letterhead or in a person’s own handwriting. Texas Al had flair.


I liked Texas Al’s format, so just for fun, I wrote it in Texas Al’s exact words (including the hints) and followed it as Texas Al instructed. There were a few minor issues.

1. Unchilled dough was too soft to divide equally into 13 pieces as directed, so I just scooped up dough and molded it. Chilled dough was easily divided.

2. I got 16 nice sized cookies. Al got 13.


Texas Al’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Start with: 13-16 miniature peanut butter cups

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar

1 egg
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup flour, lightly spooned

Divide dough into 13 equal parts. Wrap each dough piece around a miniature peanut butter cups. (CM’s Note: I was able to do 16 ping pong size balls rather than 13)

350 degrees 15-18 minutes 6-8 cookies

Melt over low heat 1/3 cup chocolate chips plus 1 teaspoon shortening
Drizzle melted chocolate over cooled cookies

Hint: Prepare the cookie dough the night before, wrap the peanut butter cup in it, leave the cookie dough refrigerated overnight.

Cook until just starting to get golden

Use Nestle Chocolate Chips – Cheap chocolate chips don’t melt as well.

Cookie Madness Notes: I took the term “Heat” to as “Melt” and used the microwave to melt the butter. I melted it right in the mixing bowl, then beat in the other ingredients. This worked fine, but as mentioned above, the dough was rather soft and dividing it into 13 equal portions, as Al directs, was kind of tricky. Instead, I just kind of scooped out dough and molded it around the mini cups. I did this with half of the dough, then chilled the rest to see if it would firm up. It did. So if you chill the dough, you can divide it into pieces.

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  1. says

    I am so glad I came across your blog! I love baking, and as a fellow food blogger, I am always on the hunt for more like minded folk. Can’t wait to make these!

  2. rachael says

    I’ve made these with peanut butter filled Hershey kisses. The recipe on the bag is almost exactly the same as this one. They’re really good!

  3. KristaMB says

    Anna, My dad would love these!

    I have the flu and shouldn’t be reading food blogs right now, but I just can’t help it.


  4. Debbi says

    This might be a good recipe to try out today. My thermometer is reading 19.3 below zero. Great day to stay inside and make cookies!

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