Cookie season is officially here!!!
I’m all about cookies… all year long… but my go-to for 11 of the months is warm chocolate chip cookies (like these, or these). That being said, bring on December and I’m all about every kind of Christmas cookie there is. Especially these Peanut Butter Chocolate Star Cookies.
I know, I know, are you thinking these are just another Peanut Butter Blossom cookie recipe? That the world doesn’t need another one? That you already have your recipe and SKIP?
If that’s so, WAIT! Because these are not your typical peanut butter blossom cookies, and these are definitely not skippable. They deserve your full attention!
First things first:
- the peanut butter cookies are SOFT
- so soft
- melt-in-your-mouth soft
Instead of baking the cookies and placing the chocolate kiss in at the end like some recipes do, these babies bake with chocolate stars (more on this later) which results in a soft, warm peanut butter cookie with a puddle – ok not puddle – of melted chocolate in the center.
WARM chocolate in a WARM cookie? Can you say HEAVEN?!
And the chocolate stars. Are you familiar with Brach’s Chocolate Stars? I was on the HUNT for them in Minneapolis. If you’re in the area, Lunds and Byerly’s is your place. When I lived in Baltimore and North Carolina, I remembered seeing them more frequently in more common stores. They are a MUST.
So why chocolate stars?
First off, they’re milk chocolate and yes dark chocolate has its elegance and depth, but there’s something about milk chocolate and peanut butter. C’mon SO GOOD. They’re also not as tall as the usual kisses, which means their tips don’t burn. Their centers become more evenly melted, resulting in a perfectly warm chocolate bite every time.
Speaking of warm…
I 1000% recommend eating these straight out of the oven. It’s the most decadent, enjoyable way to dig-in. Not that there’s anything wrong with reheating later, but you gotta get them in ASAP too.
I immediately have a stomach ache on cookie-baking day. Warm cookies are my kryptonite.
How Many Cookies?
I get it – there are so many cookies going around this time of year. Neighbors are gifting cookies, holiday parties are overloaded with them, and you gotta have some trays in your own house! This being said, if you don’t have a ton of people to feed cookies to, this recipe is for you!
I essentially halved my family’s long-time peanut butter recipe for you. It still makes about 40 cookies, but they’re pretty small and quite frankly, it’s the perfect amount. Some for you, and a few to share. And then a few more for yourself, because self-love and self-care are real, and very important.
I’d love to hear what your family’s traditions are this time of year – leave a comment or reach out via social media! Sending you lots of love and cookie baking vibes!
Super soft peanut butter cookies with a milk chocolate center – best served warm with a big glass of milk!
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Approximately 40 chocolate stars
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Using an electric stand or hand mixer, cream together butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Add peanut butter and egg, beating until combined. Slowly mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- Recommended, but not required: chill for at least 30 minutes. Form approximately 40, 1-inch balls of dough, spacing out evenly on a cookie baking sheet. Press 1 chocolate star gently into the center of each dough ball (pushing about halfway down).
- Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes, until just turning golden brown along edges. Let cool on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes until able to transfer to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container.
To freeze baked cookies, place in a single layer in a large freezer safe bag (highly recommend Stasher bags); thaw before serving and heat in microwave if desired.
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