Monday, December 27, 2010

White Chocolate Reese's Peanut Blossoms

Merry (Belated) Christmas! I hope it was a great one for everyone.

I got a bag of these amazing creations - White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Who could think up a more sinful combination? They are amazing on their own but even more amazing when made into the centre of a chewy, peanut butter cookie. There is so much chocolate lying around here, it's just calling to be used up and given away before I get too tempted to eat it all, hehe.

Any Hershey's Chocolate Kiss flavor or mini peanut butter cup will work. I also love these with the mini caramel cups. The caramel gets all melty from the heat of the cookie and even after they are fully cooled, the caramel centres still ooze out.

In the middle of your busy post-holiday rush and Boxing Day shopping, whip up a batch of these. Psst... If you don't have Hershey's Kisses on hand, get some now at the amazing after-Christmas Sales.

Peanut Blossom Cookies
Makes 48 | Cook's Country

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup peanut butter [I prefer crunchy]
2 large eggs , at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
48 Reese's White Mini Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two mini muffin pans (48 cups) with mini liners. [I used the liners that came on the mini Reese's cups after I unwrapped them].

2. Whisk 1 3/4 cups flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together in medium bowl. Process remaining 1 cup flour and peanuts in food processor until ground, about fifteen 1-second pulses, then stir into flour mixture.

3. Beat butter and sugars together in large bowl with electric mixer at medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add peanut butter and continue to beat until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition, until incorporated, about 30 seconds, then beat in vanilla, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl, if necessary. Reduce speed to low, add flour mixture in two batches, and mix until incorporated. Cover bowl and refrigerate dough until stiff, about 30 minutes.

4. Roll 1-inch balls of dough and place cash ball in a mini muffin tin. Bake until just set and beginning to crack, 9 to 11 minutes, rotating baking sheet from front to back halfway through baking (while cookies are baking, place additional balls of dough on second baking sheet). Working quickly, remove baking sheet from oven and firmly press one kiss/pb cup in center of each cookie. Return baking sheet to oven and bake until lightly golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies directly to wire rack to finish cooling. Repeat rolling and baking remaining cookies. Cool completely. (Cookies will be cool enough to eat after about 30 minutes, but the chocolate centres will take 2 hours to set completely.)


creampuff said...

Oh, Tia! These look delicious! I've never seen white chocolate Reese's cups. I'm jealous ... thanks for taking part in the last MM of 2010!

HollyL said...

These look awesome Tia! Hey , just wanted to let you know I posted those Orange Rolls :) I made them for Christmas dinner and they were gone in 60 seconds! :)

Jennifer @ Jennifer's Treasured Recipes said...

Hey! I just posted a peanut butter blossom recipe on my blog today too! What a coincidence!

I haven't seen any white chocolate peanut butter cups around here. I'll have to keep an eye out for them though, cause they look really good!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Merry Christmas to you too! These look fantastic. What delicious filling.

Danielle said...

Those look amazing Tia, I had no idea there was a white chocolate kind(: And you can have as much as you want, you totally deserve it. Sometimes I feel guilty for eating chocolate.. or eating more than Ed's desired amount, but eating is a part of life. And nothing about it should feel guilty or sinful. Just saying(:

Nina said...

What a perfect combo! Love the white choc Reese's cups! Nicely done!

Jacque said...

Oh wow, I haven't heard of white choco. PB cups... sounds good. And your little peanut blossoms sound like a perfect match. Way to go!

Val said...

Brilliant with the white chocolate!!! Great blog.

Amy at TheSceneFromMe said...

Yummy! Just what I need on this cold day!