CHRISTMAS !! Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

Honestly I have no idea what these things are actually called.  I just made that title up.  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups… seems legit  But for every Christmas for as long as I can remember, my mom has made these.  And they are SO SIMPLE.

In fact I’m kicking myself now for spending $30 on DiBruno Bros cookies for my daughter’s Christmas party at school when I could have just spent like $10 and made all these damn cookies.  Oh well.  Lesson learned.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

Really though, these cookies could not be any simpler.  My mom is a total overachiever when it comes to Christmas baking, and I’m pretty sure she used to make these with her homemade chocolate chip cookie dough.  I don’t remember if she eventually switched over to the pre-made stuff, or if that was my idea (you know how I roll with my memory, mom!), but these are the simplest Christmas cookies you can throw together – and I will guarantee you one thing – THE PEOPLE WILL LOVE THEM.

These have been a regular part of my Christmas baking rotation for years.  And no matter what cookies I make, these ones always get the most comments – “What ARE these?!  How did you MAKE these?!  Can I have your RECIPE?!”  Well people now you have it.

Merry Christmas!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

Ingredients
1 package Nestle Toll House mini break-and-bake cookies (makes 40 cookie cups)
or
1 package Nestle Toll House break-and-bake cookies, each square cut in half (makes 48 cookie cups)
40 or 48 unwrapped Reese’s mini peanut butter cups

Directions
1. Preheat oven according to cookie package directions.

2. Line a mini muffin tray with mini muffin wrappers. Set each portion of cookie dough into each muffin wrapper. Bake according to package directions.

3. When the cookies are done, remove them from the oven, and immediately start pressing one mini peanut butter cup into each chocolate chip cookie cup. Press down firmly so that the peanut butter sinks all theway into the cookie cup, so that the cookie cup gives it a nice warm cookie hug. I’m corny.

4. Let cool in the muffin pan for several hours; I usually set mine under a ceiling fan overnight. As the cookie cups cool, the tops of the peanut butter cups actually get kind of melty, so even if you wanted to remove them from the pan, you couldn’t stack them anywhere. I know it’s tough, but be patient, and let them cool overnight. You won’t be disappointed.  😊

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CHRISTMAS !! Hello Dollies

WHO IS READY FOR CHRISTMAS.

I guess I am.  I’m as ready as I’ll be.  About 90% of my shopping is done and about 0% of my wrapping is done.  That will probably happen on Christmas Eve.

Also only slightly more than 0% done?  My Christmas baking.

Every year I turn into my mom and spend a weekend baking a shit ton of cookies to give out as gifts to all the people I “love” (only true for about 20%) and “like” (only true for about 10%) at work and stuff.  But this year I just didn’t have the time or the money or the patience or the anything, so I skipped it.

And then I really wanted Hello Dollies, and then my friend requested a pan of Hello Dollies, so I made two pans of Hello Dollies today.  And now I’m nomzing on one and you’re jealous.

So what are Hello Dollies?  They’re like a layered cookie bar thing that my mom always made when I was growing up, and they were my favorite part of every Christmas.  Why are they called Hello Dollies?  IDFK man.  Maybe because when I see them I say Hello and Dolly is a term of endearment of some kind?  No clue.  I just made that up.

Anyway.  These are really the easiest thing in the world to make.  My daughter has been helping me make them for years now – I let her crush the Nilla wafers with a meat mallet and she loves it.  She helps with all the other steps too… and then she says CAN WE EAT THEM YET CAN WE EAT THEM YET CAN WE EAT THEM YET until I let her eat some.

Merry Christmas ya’ll.  Stay tuned for a couple more cookie recipes.  😊

Hello Dollies

Hello Dollies

Ingredients
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1 12oz can sweetened condensed milk

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Melt the butter and pour into a 13x9x2 baking pan. Add the crushed vanilla wafers, and press evenly into the pan to form a crust.

3. Add the remaining ingredients in the order given, sprinkling evenly on top of the vanilla wafer crust. Drizzle with the can of sweetened condensed milk. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

4. Remove from oven and allow to cool for several hours so that it firms back up. Cut into squares and serve!

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