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Lara’s Cookies

by on February 5, 2008 · 19 comments

I’m having surgery this morning, but if I don’t recover, no worries — there’s still a cookie.

This recipe was sent to me by Lara in Philadelphia who said they were so good, she may never bake another cookie again.

Lara pointed out that this is from Allrecipes, but I wouldn’t have found it if it hadn’t been for her, so I’m calling this post “Lara’s Cookies”. Below is her version with notes. She also sent a picture, but I’m having trouble getting it out of my email so you’ll have to envision the picture with Reese’s Pieces.

Thanks for the recipe, Lara (and “SPAZZ41”)!

Lara's Cookies


Lara's Cookies
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Double chocolate and peanut butter cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 36
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. peanut butter (Lara used Skippy Super Chunk)
  • 3/4 c. white sugar
  • 3/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. peanut butter chips
  • 1 package mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, frozen and cut into halves (freezing is key!)
  • 1 c. Reese’s Pieces (Since chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and peanut butter cups aren’t decadent enough)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl (I used my KitchenAid mixer), cream together the butter, peanut butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, and baking soda; stir into the peanut butter mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and Reese’s Pieces.
  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. (Whoops – I sprayed mine with cooking spray and they turned out fine). Push one (or if you are over-the-top, like me, two) peanut butter cup half into the center of each ball of dough. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. ***Let cool for 1 or 2 minutes on sheet before removing, or they will fall apart.***
  4. cookies
Note from Anna: Recipe calls for regular butter and does not include salt. If you use unsalted butter, you might want to add some salt (generous half teaspoon) to the batter to keep the cookies from tasting flat.

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Published on February 5, 2008

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Sue February 5, 2008 at 8:42 am

Sorry to hear that you need surgery. I wish you a speedy recovery!!

Sarah February 5, 2008 at 8:55 am

Hope your surgery goes well and you recover quickly. Those cookies sound amazing and I going to have to make them!

Anna February 5, 2008 at 9:13 am

Thanks! It’s really minor. Local anesthesia and probably one stitch ;).
I should be up and baking by 11:23 AM CST.

Kimberly February 5, 2008 at 9:44 am

Get well soon!

Joe February 5, 2008 at 10:12 am

Take care Anna! Jeff and I hope everything goes as planned!

Lauren February 5, 2008 at 10:36 am

Good luck with the surgery!

These look to die for. I’ll defiitely be making them!

Jackie February 5, 2008 at 10:45 am

Good luck with the surgery Anna.

Janice February 5, 2008 at 10:48 am

Take care

Therese February 5, 2008 at 11:10 am

I wish you a quick and healthy recovery!!!

Thanks for posting a recipe…wow!!

My mother-n-law is coming for a visit!!! Perhaps I will make her these!!!

Lara February 5, 2008 at 11:22 am

Ooh, I feel famous!

Good luck with your surgery – I’ll be thinking of you and hoping it goes smoothly.

Also, if you want to steal the picture from my flickr account, you are welcome to do so:

I didn’t have any unsalted butter, so I used salted anyway.

Randi February 5, 2008 at 12:26 pm

I hope you’re surgery goes well Anna. I’m going to make these cookies right now!!

Stacey February 5, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Hi Anna, I hope things go well today. I am very inspired by these cookies and think I will make them tonight! Thanks!

Sue February 5, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Glad to know things went well and that you didn’t need anything more than lidocaine!

These cookies look great, and once again, something my son will love.

Right now I’m on a mission to use up stuff in the cupboard so these will have to wait until later.

Lauren February 7, 2008 at 8:36 am

Yum! They were soooooo good! Here’s one of mine:

Totallyscrappy February 7, 2008 at 3:34 pm

I’m glad you are recovering quickly. Thanks for the cookie recipe. Absolutely peanut butter pandemonium!

Laura February 8, 2008 at 7:41 pm

I just made these cookies. They are possibly the best cookies EVER. If you love chocolate and peanut butter (who does?!) these are just pure joy!

Nicole March 18, 2008 at 8:21 pm

My mom and I are crazy about these. Theyre so good! We always underbake them a little and then freeze a whole bunch in ziplocks! BTW everyone… these may seem like theyre over laoded w/ candy and chips but theyre soooo good that way, so dont skimp!

jamie February 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm

these look SOOOOO yummy! i am going to have to make these very sooN!

Melanie March 6, 2009 at 10:55 am

These cookies were incredible! Talk about a chocolate/peanut butter lover’s dream. I finally had to give them all away to the neighbors before I ate the entire batch. Delicious!

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