Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies

With finals week just around the corner, the stress level of college students (including mine) is on the rise. Baking and cooking has always been a “de-stresser” for me and whenever I need to clear my head or take a break, I head for the kitchen. There is something that is just so soothing to me about baking. Maybe it’s because I can channel my energy into something that I actually want to do opposed to the papers I have to write. Due to the surplus of Oreo cookies I had in my apartment last night, I decided that I would bake something with Oreos in it. Looking in my cabinet, I saw that I had half a jar of peanut butter left. My reaction to the discovery of these two ingredients led me to become the matchmaker between Reduced Fat Jiff and Oreos. Corny line? Maybe. Hands down delectable result? You better believe it. 

I started off with my own peanut butter cookie dough recipe which has less fat in it. I cut the butter in half (sorry, Paula) and also used half the amount of peanut butter. I use reduced fat peanut butter because I don’t like how oily peanut butter cookies can get with the regular kind. That’s just my experience though. You can use whatever kind of peanut butter you wish (crunchy peanut butter would also be divine) and it will work great with this recipe!

Since I had never tried making this cookie before, I decided to test it out on my friends. Jeff and Matt, my two neighbors, generously agreed to be my guinea pigs (let’s be serious, what college male wouldn’t want to be a cookie judge at 10 pm?). I baked the guys 10 cookies and between the two roommates both were gone in 30 minutes. So I guess they were alright :) 

Peanut butter Oreo cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat peanut butter 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 18 Oreo cookies

Preheat oven to 375ºF. In a medium bowl, combine butter, peanut butter and sugars with a mixer. Add in the eggs, one at a time, until the mixture becomes fluffy. 

In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Gradually add spoonfuls of the flour mixture to the wet mixture until blended.  

Take the Oreos and crush them up with your hands (you won’t want to use a food processor because it will grind them up into crumbs).

 Add the crumbled up Oreos and stir with a wooden spoon.

Scoop 1 tablespoon of the dough onto a cookie sheet and place 2 inches apart from the other cookies.

Bake in the oven for 12 minutes and let them cool for 5 minutes.

Now watch them disappear :) 

Nutter Butter Stuffed Brownies

Gettin’ clever with the chocolate!

I’ve seen a lot of recipes lately that have been creative with incorporating brownies into baking. Earlier this week, I made brownies stuffed inside chocolate chip cookies and the success of the ultra yummy concoction inspired me to try something else with brownies. 

Rice Krispy brownie bars…cake batter brownies…candy bars stuffed into a brownie…Nutter Butter stuffed brownies? Why not?! 

The idea of combining creamy peanut butter with a fudgey brownie hit me. I don’t think I’ve ever had a peanut butter brownie but I was sure it could be done. Then I thought back to when I had put the brownie in the chocolate chip cookie and contemplated reversing the process. A chocolate chip cookie in a brownie…any type of cookie in a brownie…a rich, peanut butter cookie in a brownie…Nutter Butter cookies inside a brownie! Success! Obviously, this whole thought process was entirely more exciting in my mind than I can convey in this post.  

Before I embarked on this daring and succulent adventure, I decided to do a little research because I had never baked a cookie into something before. I found a similar recipe that had Oreo cookies stuffed into a brownie and felt confident that the same could be done for a Nutter Butter cookie. I found another blog that made Nutter Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies: http://www.beckybakes.net/2011/01/24/nutter-butter-stuffed-chocolate-cookies/

I sampled my creation with my Tuesday newsteam and they loved them. Our weatherman (shown below) couldn’t get enough of the peanut butter center.

 

The process is very simple! All you need is a box of your favorite brownie mix and a package of Nutter Butter cookies. I almost feel like that’s cheating because it’s so easy.

Enjoy! 

Nutter Butter Stuffed Brownies

  • 1 box of brownie mix 
  • 12 Nutter Butter cookies

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter or grease muffin tins (you can also line the tins with muffin liners, if you prefer). Make brownie mix as instructed on the box. 

Once the batter is mixed well, put a spoonful of the brownie batter into each muffin tin. Break the Nutter Butter cookies in half (a whole cookie won’t fit into each tin) and dip each cookie into the batter, coating each side.

 

Place coated cookies into the muffin tins. If there is any batter leftover, top off each brownie with batter (should be about halfway full). 

Bake for 14-16 minutes. You’ll want to bake the brownies for less time than the box says for the brownies to be soft. Cool for 5 minutes and then gently remove brownies by lifting up the edges with a spoon (if you chose to go the easier route with the muffin liners, you won’t have this problem). 

Perfect :) 

Now take a peek inside…sweet success!

Makes 24 delectable brownies :) They’ll go fast!