Baking With Reese’s

Well, my streak of failblogging continues this week, argh!  Ok, ok – not to a great extent today, but I worked in the kitchen last night and feel my results were rather… average.  I do want to share, though, because I learned quite a bit!

First of all, let’s start out on a good note with some success:

What do you really call these things, anyway?  Peanut Butter Cup Peanut Butter Cookie… Cups?  They are certainly not my idea, but I still wanted to give them a shot.  And they’re actually really good!  My husband promptly ate like eight of them when he got home from work – he LOVED them.

While the recipe is a great one, they are just EVERYWHERE right now, and I normally pride myself on being a little more original.  In fact, I dug up this recipe from AllRecipes, and then when I went to bake, I found this:

Yep, right on the package.  And apparently they may be referred to as, Peanut Butter Temptations.  Well, now we know. ;)  Reese’s probably paid someone handsomely to come up with that name.

I have a couple tips to share – as per usual.  Every time I get in the kitchen, I find I’ve made a terrible mistake, or thought of a brilliant idea to simplify.  This is a little of both, but some things that will help if you’re not a pro-baker.  (And if you’re a pro-baker, seriously – what are you doing here?  LOL!)

Anyway, over at AllRecipes, someone suggested refrigerating the peanut butter cups so they press into the hot cookies better.  I did it this way, and I thought it worked great!  I can even compare, because I had a bit of an airhead moment, and set my refrigerated cups ON THE WARM STOVE while I took the cookies out of the oven – seriously, rookie mistake!!  The softened ones on the bottom of the pile did NOT like to be pressed into the cookies like the still-cold ones on top.  And both ways melted into the cookie appropriately.  So, I say, refrigerate them while you mix and bake.

I will say, the prep time was a bit of a lie – the bag says 15 minutes prep, 10 minutes cooking.  It was 45 minutes from the time I began unwrapping (which I did first), to the time I had completed cookies set aside to cool.  I tend to be pretty methodical when it comes to cookies, so I really don’t see any way to cut the time down, unless you have an extra set of hands to unwrap candy while you mix.  In fact, I even own a double-oven, so I was able to bake them all at the same time, so my baking time truly was 10 minutes.  (Yes, I own a double-oven.  Are you laughing?  The bottom one only gets used when I bake cookies.)

Also, Reese’s has my full respect for their candy, but DO NOT get their peanut butter (as the recipe recommends).  It was on sale one time so I got it, thinking, if anyone knows peanut butter, it’s Reese’s, right?  But it’s pretty awful, I ended up throwing it away!  I only EVER use Jif when I bake. :)

All right – moving on to the next little experiment.  I’ve been thinking about some other ways I might bake Reese’s cookies (incidentally, Reese’s are my husband’s favorite, which is what prompted the mini-bake-a-thon) and I think I settled on exactly the wrong way of going about it in my next attempt.

First off, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets got my wheels turning when she showed off her Turtle-Stuffed Cookies.  Check these babies out:

It’s a bite-size Turtle candy baked inside of a cookie.  Brilliant, right?  I love Mrs. Fox’s Sweets – in fact, most of my attempts at baking are based off things she does at her blog.

Once upon a time, when I was visiting another town, I had a very large cookie with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup baked inside from a local bakery.  The idea was just like these Turtle ones, so I thought I could scale it down to a smaller version by putting a smaller peanut butter cup inside.

(I like small cookies.  It’s so easy for me to splurge on just one more that way.)

But the bite-size Reese’s are so tall, and the full-size cups are really way too big for me.  I can barely eat a whole peanut butter cup even without it being inside an actual cookie.  So I found the Reese’s minis, and when I balled up my cookies, I thought they would work perfectly!

Yeah.  They didn’t.  Exhibit A:

Wait – where’s the Reese’s?

I used my chocolate chip cookie recipe and rolled the dough around a Reese’s mini.  When you’re preparing it, it felt perfect.  But upon taking a bite, it was very lonely in there.  You definitely need more.  Like, at least three, if you opt to use the minis.  I think if I try this again, I am going to use the bite-sized cups and just hope that they melt, so the cookie flattens a bit.  Though knowing my luck, I’d just end up with a bulgy cookie.  But my dough-to-candy ratio was WAY too high.

I also considered just stirring the minis in like chips and dropping the cookies like normal, but they are so much bigger than regular chocolate chips, I decided to run with the idea of stuffing them inside.

I will say, they do taste pretty good, if you’re OK with the idea of more cookie than chip.  And they’re still sort of pretty.

But overall, I am bummed.  I wanted a fabulous cookie, and these are just… meh.  Anyway, I thought I’d keep it real today, in another chapter of the Saga of Adrianne’s Kitchen, haha.

Incidentally, if anyone perfects the Reese’s-inside-the-Cookie, let me know!  I’d love to give it another shot, I just don’t have the patience to experiment!

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~ Adrianne

Comments

  1. says

    So funny:) I hate when in my head the idea is pure genius then it turns out all wrong. Happens to me all the time. I still think the coolies look good, maybe drizzle some melted peanut butter chips on top? You know, more sugar makes everything better.

  2. Terry says

    I love Reese's peanut butter cups (especially after they've been in the freezer for a little bit), but I have never tried them in a cookie, stuffed or mixed in or otherwise. You are such a brave little baker. I never find the ambition to experiment with baking. Glad I have you here to do all the dirty work – letting me know what's worth duplicating and what isn't, lol. Thanks. :)

  3. MrsFoxsSweets says

    All of your cookies look wonderful and thanks for sharing my Turtle Cookies too! I think you did an amazing job with both versions of the cookies and I would eat them all! I think we tried that pb once before and didn't like it either. Thanks for sharing at Mrs. Foxs Sweet Party :)

  4. Joan says

    I love your writing, so glad I found you over at Mrs Fox's.
    I totally agree on the unwrapping of any candy for baking, it always takes more time than the rest of it. I have my kids help with that but then I have to buy double what I need for a recipe because they are constantly checking the quality of the candy, such selfless children, sacrificing their tiny taste buds, just to make sure the candy is good.
    Looking forward to following you <3

  5. Dorothy says

    They look amazing, no matter how they taste!! I love Reese's peanut butter cups cups or temptations or whatever they're called. ;)

  6. Lydia says

    Oh, wholesome goodness! Love that the peanut butter cup goodie is right on the package. Can't wait to check it out. Happy seeing beautiful!

  7. says

    Have you tried to put candy inside cake cookies?? It's so awesome and it truly doesn't take much time at all. We've done it with rolos and it was fabulous!

  8. Kelly says

    Peanut butter and chocolate is my all time favorite combination. I love Reese's cups. All your cookies look so good. Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday!

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