I had one last bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Bells still languishing in the pantry after Christmas. It was either sit down and devour the entire bag while reading a juicy novel or bake something the entire family could enjoy. I decided the latter was a healthier option for me! I found this fantastic recipe in Goodness Gracious, Recipes for Good Food and Gracious Living.
2 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
10 oz. peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped
1 cup ( 6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, beat the butter, peanut butter, sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the eggs , one at a time, beating well after each addition until throroughly blended. Stir in the dry ingredients until smooth.
That's what popped into my head when I began chopping up the cute little Christmas bells.
Fold in the peanut butter cups and chocolate chips. Spoon 2 tablespoons dough (Pampered Chef large cookie scoop is perfect for this) about 2 inches apart onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake until slightly firm to the touch, but not brown, 10-13 minutes. Cool for a few minutes before transferring from the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 3 dozen.
"For a serious sweet tooth, these cookies will not disappoint you"