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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies Recipe

Makes about 36

Ingredients

For the cookies:

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 squares (2 oz.) unsweetened chocolate

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter or shortening

2 eggs

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

For the garnish:

3/4 cup finely chopped peanuts

36 miniature Peanut Butter Cups, frozen and unwrapped

1 cup peanut butter baking chips

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Method

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Combine chocolate in bowl and microwave at 50% for about
2
minutes, stir and repeat until smooth and melted. Cool slightly.
Combine sugar
and butter
or shortening in large bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer until
blended and
crumbly.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, then salt and vanilla. Reduce speed to
low. Add
chocolate slowly. Mix until well blended. Stir in flour and soda with spoon
until well
blended.
Shape dough into 1-1/4 inch balls. Roll in chopped peanuts. Place 2
inches apart
on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until set.
Press a frozen
peanut
butter cup into the center of each cookie immediately upon removing them from
the
oven. Press cookies up against peanut butter cup if
desired for appearance, but do not touch the
peanut butter cup again since it is now melted, it must remain intact.
Cool
completely.

Melt the peanut butter chips and drizzle back and forth over the cookies using
a
parchment pouch or plastic bag with a little snip off the corner. Repeat with
the
chocolate, only drizzling at another angle from the peanut drizzle.
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