These Slice n’ Bake Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cookies are like a fancy peanut butter cup! A peanut butter cookie is topped with a smear of peanut butter and then the whole thing is dunked in chocolate. Talk about an indulgent treat!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored on behalf of #ChristmasCookies. Our generous sponsors have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.
Ever since school started back up, I feel like I’ve been running behind and struggling to keep up. I’m working 2 really long days a week, when I have childcare arranged. The other 3 days a week, I try to catch up on sleep, squeeze in a couple of telework hours, and usher my kids through virtual schooling.
Let me tell you, unlike this spring, fall virtual learning is no joke. It’s pretty much computer time from 9-3, with a break for lunch. My older child is mostly self-sufficient. I just need to provide her with time checks throughout the day, and help her find and submit assignments. But my little guy requires me to sit near him most of the day. It’s kindergarten – he’s just not used to sitting still this long. Some days, I’m able to get up and do laundry and work at my own computer but there’s an awful lot of hands-on time with him even when we have a good day.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I wasn’t quite as well poise for #ChristmasCookies week as I would have liked to be. It was Halloween day and I was making Christmas cookies. These Christmas cookies in fact. I felt a bit silly as we’re sprinkling the cookies (really, an evergreen recipe) with Christmas sprinkles (those gorgeous pearly white, purple and blue ones really got me!) but my neighbors sure didn’t complain when I dropped off a package for them. And the kids were more than happy to eat them instead of the Halloween candy we got later that day.
- You can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate, or your favorite chocolate candy melt, to coat these treats. I used both milk and dark chocolate candy melts that I had on hand so that I wouldn’t be tempted to eat them all.
- I used holiday sprinkles from Sweets & Treats to top these cookies, to get us into the holiday spirit. Not interested in sprinkles? Use coarse sea salt or skip the topping entirely.
- Finally, I also used vanilla from our sponsor, Adams Extract and Spices, in this recipe.
I hope you all are enjoying #ChristmasCookies week as much as I am. A few reminders. The hashtag is searchable on social media, in case you missed any recipes this week. Secondly, you can enter the giveaway for one of four prizes in the Rafflecopter below the recipe. Finally, check out some of the other Christmas Cookie recipes my friends are sharing today:
- Candy Cane Cookies by Blogghetti
- Cherry Coconut Jumbles by That Recipe
- Chocolate Chip Pecan Wedding Cookies by Family Around the Table
- Cinnamon Pecan Macaron by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Cran-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies with Grape Nuts by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
- Grinch Cookies by Simply Inspired Meals
- Grinch Shortbread Bites by An Affair from the Heart
- Hot Cocoa Cookies by Sweet Beginnings
- Nutty Spiced Ginger Cookies by Making Miracles
- Slice n’ Bake Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cookies by Books n’ Cooks (below!)
- White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies by Swirls of Flavor
- Winter Pecan Horns by Kate’s Recipe Box
Slice n' Bake Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cookies
These Slice n' Bake Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cookies are like a fancy peanut butter cup! A peanut butter cookie is topped with a smear of peanut butter and then the whole thing is dunked in chocolate. Talk about an indulgent treat!
Ingredients for the Cookie Dough:
- 1/2 c. unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 c. light brown sugaracked packed
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/4 c. creamy peanut butter
- 2 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1-2 Tbs. water (optional)
Ingredients for the Cookies:
- 1 c. creamy peanut butter
- 1 lb. milk or semisweet chocolate or candy melts melted
- sprinkles (optional, for topping)
Make the Peanut Butter Cookies:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, sugar and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Scrape down sides of the bowl and beat in peanut butter. Again, scrape down sides of the bowl.
With the mixer on low, add in flour and salt. When it's mixed but still crumbly, increase speed slightly and continue beating until dough forms a ball. If the dough doesn't come together, add water, 1 Tbs. at a time, until a ball is formed (I needed 2 Tbs. of water).
Place plastic wrap on counter and turn dough out onto plastic wrap. Shape dough into two logs - either round logs or square logs, depending on the shape you'd like your cookies in. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place dough in freezer for 30 minutes.
Bake and Assemble the Cookies:
Just before removing dough from freezer, place two racks in middle and top of the oven. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Slice cookies into 1/3-inch thick slices and arrange on baking sheet, about 1 inch apart from one another (cookies will not spread much). Bake in preheated oven for 10-14 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through baking. When starting to brown at edges, remove from oven and allow cookies to cool completely on baking sheets.
When cookies have cooled completely, use a butter knife or offset spatula to spread a heaping teaspoon of peanut butter over each cookie, returning cookie to baking sheet. Place cookies in freezer for 20 minutes, so that peanut butter sets.
Finally, use two forks to dunk each peanut butter-covered cookie in melted chocolate or candy melts. Gently shake off excess chocolate and set back on parchment-covered baking sheet (or an extra piece of parchment or wax paper set on the counter). Sprinkle with sprinkles or sea salt, if using. Allow to sit until chocolate has set. (Candy melts should set fairly quickly. if chocolate is slow to set, you can refrigerate or freeze to help it set.)
Store in an airtight container for 3 days.
Rewritten but barely adapted from Halfbaked Harvest.
Christmas Cookies Week Giveaway
Welcome to #ChristmasCookies week where more than 25 bloggers are sharing cookie recipes perfect for your holiday celebrations. Hosted by Ellen from Family Around the Table, Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, we invite you to not only check out the recipes but enter the amazing giveaway.
Don’t miss one delicious cookie recipe! Follow along on Pinterest.
Prize 1: Tower of Treats from Millican Pecan Company
Originally founded as the West Texas Pecan Nursery in the late 1800’s, Millican Pecan is now in 5th generation ownership. Located in San Saba, TX, the family continues the tradition of pecan farming while also branching the business into the online world. The family also enjoys educating people about pecans. One winner will receive The Tower of Treats Gift Tins. The tower includes 3 decorative gift tins stacked on top of each other. The bottom tin includes our 2 lb. Chocolate Pecan Sampler, the middle tin is our Flavored Pecan Sampler and the top tin is an 8 oz. tin of Milk Chocolate Caramillicans (similar to Turtles). An $80 value.
Prize 2: An Assortment of Flavored Extracts from Adams Extract and Spices
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Prize 3: A Set of Baking Pans from Anolon
Established in the 1950’s, Meyer Manufacturing started by making and selling flashlights. In 1971 they started their journey into selling cookware. By 1986 they released the world’s first hard-anodized nonstick cookware which revolutionized the world of home cooking. Their nonstick surface didn’t flake or scratch easily.
Today they sell bakeware with nonstick interior and exterior made with a special sapphire-reinforced blend that is triple coated. NOTE: Color may vary from the photo above.
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