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Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

Classic creamy, smooth peanut butter makes these Peanut Butter M&M Cookies out of this world delicious and the perfect mid-week treat!

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We’ve all known and loved peanut butter since childhood. What would our school lunches have been without peanut butter or a PB&J sandwich? Whether you’re a fan of creamy or chunky, peanut butter has always had a place in American culture.

But have you ever wondered how peanut butter came about? And how did it become so popular?

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Peanut butter actually dates back to Aztec times. The Aztecs mashed roasted peanuts into a paste, somewhat different from what we know of as peanut butter today.

But many people have been credited with the title of peanut-butter-inventor, among them George Washington Carver. However, he did not invent peanut butter; instead he promoted more than 300 uses for peanuts, among other crops such as soy beans and sweet potatoes.

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The actual invention of peanut butter, its process of manufacture and the machinery used to make it, can be credited to at least three people. In 1884 Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Canada patented peanut paste, the finished product from milling roasted peanuts between two heated surfaces.

In 1895 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the creator of Kellogg’s cereal) patented a process for creating peanut butter from raw peanuts. He marketed it as a healthy protein substitute for patients without teeth.

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In 1903, Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Missouri, patented a peanut-butter-making machine. In 1922, chemist Joseph Rosefield invented a process for making smooth peanut butter that kept the oil from separating by using partially hydrogenated oil.

In 1928 he licensed his invention to the company that created Peter Pan peanut butter. And in 1932 he began producing his own peanut butter under the name Skippy.

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Peanut Trivia:

  • Peanuts are actually not nuts but legumes grown underground.
  • The U.S. is the third largest producer of peanuts (Georgia and Texas are the two major peanut-producing states). China and India are the first and second largest producers, respectively.
  • More than half of the American peanut crop goes into making peanut butter.
  • U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson were peanut farmers.
  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • Americans eat around 700 million pounds of peanut butter per year (about 3 pounds per person).
  • An average American child eats 1,500 PB&J sandwiches before graduating from high school.
  • Peanut Butter M&M Cookies are in my Top 5 favorite cookies!

Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 38 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 large bag M&M candy

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees,  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of your sand mixer, combine the peanut butter, shortening and sugars.  Beat until smooth then scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated.  Beat on high for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs and mix for 30 seconds.  Scrape the bowl again.
  4. In another bowl, sift together baking soda, flour and salt.   In two parts, add that mixture to the mixing bowl on low speed.  Increase speed and mix until combined.
  5. Next,  add in your peanut butter, soda, flour, and salt. Mixing well.
  6. Mix in half of the M&Ms with the mixer on low speed.
  7. Chill dough for 1 hour.
  8. Once chilled, roll dough into 1- 2 in. balls and place them on prepared baking sheet.
  9. Press a few M&M's on top of each cookie.
  10. Bake for 8 minutes
  11. Let cool.
  12. Serve and enjoy!
Chocolate Snickers Cookies by Barbara Bakes for JavaCupcake.com

Chocolate Snickers Cookies

These Chocolate Snickers Cookies are an irresistible, rich, chewy chocolate cookie loaded with chocolate chips, peanuts and Snickers Baking Bites. 

These Chocolate Snickers Cookies are an irresistible, rich, chewy chocolate cookie loaded with chocolate chips, peanuts and Snickers Baking Bites. 

Hi, I’m Barbara from Barbara Bakes, and I’m excited to be guest posting today. On Barbara Bakes I share great recipes for cookies, cakes, and pies, as well as great family meals. I make baking for scratch easy with step-by-step photos and simplified techniques.

These Chocolate Snickers Cookies are an irresistible, rich, chewy chocolate cookie loaded with chocolate chips, peanuts and Snickers Baking Bites. 

Did you know you Snickers makes little Baking Bites? My daughter was excited to find them at the store and asked me to create a recipe using them. I decided to start with the chocolate cookie dough from my Triple Chocolate S’mores cookies and change them up by adding Snickers Baking Bites and peanuts.

I made the cookies two ways and still can’t decide which way I like them better. First I topped the cookies with the Snickers Baking Bites, and then I wrapped the cookie dough around the Snickers Baking Bite to make a stuffed cookie.

The cookies in the front of the picture are the ones topped with Snickers Baking Bites, the cookies in the back are stuffed with Snickers Baking Bites. I think they look prettier stuffed, but you get more Snickers in every bite when you top them with Snickers. Either way, it’s a great, must-make cookie, especially if you’re a Snickers lover.

Chocolate Snickers Cookies

Chocolate Snickers Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups flour all purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package (10 ounce) Snickers Baking Bites
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line cookie sheets with parchment or silpat liners.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and mix until well blended.
  4. Add flour mixture and mix on low speed just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and peanuts.
  5. Using a small cookie scoop, drop by rounded scoops on to cookie sheets. Cut Snickers Baking Bites into three pieces and press into the top of each scoop.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, until edges are set, but still soft in center.
  7. Let cookies cool on the cookie tray for five minutes. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool.

Orange Cranberry Cookies Stuffed with Creamy White Dove Chocolate

Orange Cranberry Stuffed Cookies

Chocolate S’mores Cookies with a fudgy, chocolate cookie base studded with chocolate chips, topped with graham crackers and marshmallows, toasted and finished with a drizzled of chocolate.

Triple Chocolate S’mores Cookies

These Chocolate Snickers Cookies are an irresistible, rich, chewy chocolate cookie loaded with chocolate chips, peanuts and Snickers Baking Bites. 

Mini Reese's Chocolate Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

Mini Reese’s Chocolate Cookies

These rich chocolate cookies baked with mini Reese’s peanut butter cups are the perfect treat with a big glass of milk!

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These Mini Reese’s Chocolate Cookies aren’t the most glamorous or beautiful cookies I’ve ever made.  But, what they lack in appearance they make up for in flavor! Sooooo chocolatey with bites of Reese’s peanut butter cups running thoughout, these cookies definitely cure any craving I have for chocolate!

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I started with the recipe from Hershey’s for their Chewy Chocolate Cookies and tweaked it a bit.  I subbed half the granulated sugar for brown sugar and added Reese’s mini cups instead of peanut butter chips.  I always love brown sugar in cookies, I think it really adds a depth of flavor and a subtle caramel hint that is just out of this world!

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Although these cookies flattened out a little more than I had hoped, they are still rich and chewy and so good!

Oh… what I really loved about making these cookies.  I was in and out of the kitchen in about an hour and a half.  Quick and simple.  No big mess and not a lot of time spent to make something super yum!  What more can you want from a cookie?

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So, if you’ve got a chocolate craving and not much time… these cookies are for you!

Happy Baking!

Mini Reese's Chocolate Cookies

Mini Reese's Chocolate Cookies

Yield: 2+ dozen cookies
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 53 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking sad
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 heaping cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 8oz bag Reese's Unwraped Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter about 1 minute until smooth.
  3. Add the sugars and beat on high until fluffy - about 2 minutes. Scrape the bowl and mix again 30 seconds.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on high 1 minute. Scrape the bowl and mix again 30 seconds.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.
  6. In two parts, with the mixer on medium-low speed, add the flour and mix until incorporated.
  7. Add the Reese's mini cups and with the mixer on low speed, mix until just combined. NOTE: DO NOT OVER MIX otherwise you'll break up the min cups too much. You want them whole or in large pieces.
  8. Freeze for 30 minutes or chill in refrigerator for 2 hours.
  9. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  10. Using a kitchen teaspoon, drop dollops of dough onto your prepared baking sheet.
  11. Bake 8-9 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 3-4 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days - if they last that long!
Cherry M&M Cookie Bars | JavaCupcake.com

Cherry M&M Cookie Bars

Cherry M&M candies and semi-sweet chocolate chips fill these cookie bars making them out-of-this-world delicious!

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My neighbor likes to collect things for me that she think I’ll like.  Most recently, she brought me a bag of Cherry M&M candies.  Now, you might not think this is too significant, but when our Commissary has something new, you have to jump on it and buy it immediately.  You never know when or if they’re going to have it again.

So I’ve got this bag of cherry M&M’s, what am I going to do with it?

Cherry M&M Cookie Bars.  Duh.

I mean really.  Was there any other option?  Not really.

Okay, now I know what I’m going to make, but now I had to figure out what I was going to do with them once I did make them.  I certainly didn’t need an entire pan of these sitting in my house.  I’d eat them all.  Or my kids would.

Oh… I’ve got it!

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My friend Holly is a photographer at Winter’s Splendor Photography and she’s taking picture of my 12th Man Rally.  I can give them to her as a Thank You! Perfect!  She’s got kids and a husband who can all enjoy them together.  Wonderful.

Are you wondering what a 12th Man Rally is?  If you didn’t already know, I’m a HUGE Seattle Seahawks fan.  I mean… I’ve loved them my entire life!  And finally… this year they are going to the Super Bowl!  For only the second time in the history of the team they are going to the Big Show!

To show my support for the team and my hometown of Seattle, I gathered as many Seahawks fans I could find and took a big group photo! The fans are called the 12th Man… 11 players on the field…. the 12th man in the stands.  That’s us!

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Back to these Cherry M&M Cookie Bars!  The batter is really a basic one… two bowls and a 9x13in pan are really all you need.  If you didn’t have Cherry M&Ms you could sub any candy, nut, or chocolate.  The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy!

Cherry M&M Cookie Bars

Cherry M&M Cookie Bars

Yield: 15 cookie bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10.5oz all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 bag Cherry M&M candies

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees and line 9x13in baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly spray the pan and paper with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir together until completely combined.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and 1 cup of the cherry M&M's and mix until incorporated.
  6. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  7. Evenly sprinkle the remaining cherry M&M's on the top of the batter making sure to evenly distribute. Gently press the candies into the batter.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes on the low-middle rack in your oven. The bars will be done with the edges brown and the top is firm to the gently touch.
  9. Allow to cool completely in the pan.
  10. Use a butter knife around the edges of the cookie that directly touch the pan before lifting the cookie out.
  11. Cut the cookie into squares. Serve with cold milk.
  12. Store in an air tight container up to 4 days.
Soft-Batch Peanut Butter Valentine M&M Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

Soft Batch Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

If you make these Soft Batch Peanut Butter M&M Cookies for your Valentine, they’ll be sure to love you forever! Soft-Batch Peanut Butter Valentine M&M Cookies | JavaCupcake.com I’ve been in search for a really great peanut butter cookie for a few weeks.  I’ve tried several recipes but none were what I was looking for.  What I wanted in a peanut butter cookie was for it to be soft, full of peanut butter flavor and to melt in my mouth with each bite.  I have had many cookies that were good, but most were too hard, crumbly and just didn’t make the grade. Of course, it wouldn’t be a great peanut butter cookie if there wasn’t chocolate involved.  And, since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner what better addition to these cookies would there be but Valentine M&Ms?  Seriously, there isn’t anything better. Soft-Batch Peanut Butter Valentine M&M Cookies | JavaCupcake.com So here we have a super delicious soft batch peanut butter cookie filled with Valentine M&M’s that’s just about perfect.  My kids absolutely LOVE these cookies.  I’m pretty certain that Matty Pants has eaten 3 today.  And I’m also pretty certain that if I let him he’d eat 30 today! Matty Pants | JavaCupcake.com Speaking of Matty Pants… he’s about to turn two years old.  What the heck?  Where has time gone?  I mean seriously, it just seems like a few months ago that he was born and now my little man is almost two?  Holy cow! I’ve been thinking about what theme to plan his 2nd birthday party in.  Dinosaurs or Toy Story.  Toy Story has a dinosaur in it… so if I did that, then I’d be killing two birds with one stone.  But, if I just did a dinosaur party, it’d be really easy to just pop some dinosaurs on top of cupcakes and call it good. What have been some of your favorite themes for your kid’s birthday parties? Soft-Batch Peanut Butter Valentine M&M Cookies | JavaCupcake.com Last year you might remember I made Sesame Street Cupcakes for Matty’s 1st birthday.  I put together this amazing tutorial for them because they just turned out so super cute. Anyhoo… back to these cookies.  I kinda went off on a Matty-tangent there. Soft-Batch Peanut Butter Valentine M&M Cookies | JavaCupcake.com This year, I’ve decided that I wanted to keep my Valentine’s Day treats really simple.  I’ll be posting several recipes that are either no-bake, have very minimal prep, or that are just super simple.   I’ll also be posting a DIY project that can be giving as a sweet, yet delicious teacher-gift.  So make sure to stay tuned for all the Valentine awesomeness still to come! I really hope you enjoy these Soft Batch Peanut Butter M&M Cookies as much as we do! Happy Baking! 

Soft Batch Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

Soft Batch Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

Yield: 2-3 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used JIF)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Valentine M&M Candies + more for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and peanut butter until smooth.
  3. Add the sugars and mix on high for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix on high for 1 minute.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the wet butter/sugar mixture and mix until combined. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix again to ensure that everything has been incorporated.
  7. Fold in the 3/4 cup M&M candies.
  8. Form 2-3 Tbsp of dough into a a ball and flatten slightly to form a disc. Place on the prepared cookie sheet.
  9. Using a fork, press a criss-cross pattern into the top of each cookie. Garnish with 2-3 additional M&M candies on top.
  10. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the cookies feel slightly firm to the touch and the bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Recipe from Bake Space .

NOTE: Some people have noticed the dough was a bit dry why they made this recipe. If yours turns out dry, add a few tablespoons of water or milk to the batter to help moisten it. I have never had to do this, so I can't guarantee the outcome - it's only a suggestion. 🙂 Happy baking!

Creamy Mint Cookies by My Life Well Loved | JavaCupcake.com

Creamy Mint Cookies

Simple ingredients & easy preparation make these chocolate & mint cookies out of this world delicious!

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This is a guest post from Heather at My Life Well Loved.  A big THANK YOU to Heather for proving this super delicious cookie recipe for my JavaCupcake readers!  Heather is a 20-something Southen Belle who loves to blog about healthy living, her great sense of style, social media and her life with her sweet husband.  If you’d like to learn more about Heather, make sure to check out her blog or you can find her on Facebook too! 

I am so thankful that Betsy is allowing me to guest post here at Java Cupcake today! I am Heather and I blog at My Life Well Loved about healthy living, marriage, living your life to the fullest and healthy, easy recipes. Well, most of the time! And then I splurge on little treats like these amazing Creamy Mint Cookies I’m sharing with you today!

I LOVE Andes Mints, I mean…really, who doesn’t? Now, can you imagine combining Andes mints with cookies? It doesn’t get much better than that! These cookies are to die for! If you thought you loved cookies before, just imagine icing them with melted Andes mints. That’s exactly what happens in this delicious cookie recipe.

This was the first cookie I made successfully as a newlywed around 4 years ago. For some reason, I really struggled to get my cookies to be the right consistency until I found this bad boy. My husband likes it so much, he asked me to make them again. I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we did!

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Doesn’t this picture just make you want to dive in and lick those melty minty chocolate morsels? I hope you truly enjoy this recipe and come visit me over at my blog, My Life Well Loved! Please leave me a comment or follow along with me on Pinterest and I look forward to connecting with you!

*If you find where this recipe is from, please let me know. I cannot remember where I found it.

Creamy Mint Cookies

Creamy Mint Cookies

Yield: 2-3 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp chocolate extract
  • 2 eggs
  • Andes mints

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, oil, chocolate extract & eggs together. '
  3. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 350 for 6 minutes.
  5. Immediately press an unwrapped Andes mint onto each cookie while still hot. Allow to stand for 5 minutes then smooth out the soft mint with the back of a spoon to cover the cookie.
  6. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
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