Double Trouble Peanut Butter Cookies

Double Trouble Peanut Butter Cookies

When life hands you a lot of disappointment and frustration, bake cookies. Bake lots of cookies and then consume most of them. No fighting words are needed when you have a mouth full of cookie goodness. Am I right? That’s my life lesson for the day and maybe for the week.

 

I’m almost 24 years old…almost. In my 24-ish years, I have kept some friends close despite distance and the occasional disagreement. I don’t know about you, but I’m an extremely loyal and honest friend. Sometimes people hurt or disappoint me and vice versa. I suppose it’s human nature to not always be 100%. And yet, I always support, love, and nurture the people who are near and dear to me.

 

I’m learning slowly but surely to let go of the people who do not genuinely appreciate me in the same ways that I do them. Hence the dramatic cookie eating fiasco this weekend. Letting go is difficult. It’s delivered a series of scrambled feelings. Firstly, there’s a little bit of sadness because I no longer have what I once did. On the other hand, the loss of friendships provides space to heal and take more time for myself. Perspective. I pride myself on being strong despite the setbacks and my “humanness”. So, I’ll continue to persevere, make new friendships, and bake my normal-sized heart out!

 

Now that we’ve had this mid-week heart-to-heart, let’s eat some super fun cookies. If you like chocolate and peanut butter (because let’s be honest…there’s probably 3 people on earth who don’t like that combination) then join me and try these on for size. Β If I could have cookies as friends, I totally would.

 

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Double Trouble Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large-sized mixing bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Slowly add peanut butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla and mix well. Set aside.
  3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda.
  4. Slowly pour dry ingredients into wet mixture. On medium-speed, mix dough until it is smooth. Add peanut butter cups and fold into cookie batter.
  5. On a parchment-lined cookie sheet, roll cookies into one-inch balls. Flatten tops of cookies slightly with spoon before baking. Cookies will not spread very much.
  6. Bake cookies for 7-9 minutes or until cookies no longer have a glossy top.
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Written by Miss Scrambled Egg

Erin is the author of Miss Scrambled Egg. She is a barista, teacher, and blogger. She is slightly overwhelmed by the sight of carrot cake and Bernese Mountain Dogs.
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54 Comments
  • I’m sorry you lost your friend, hon. That can be so hard. But I can’t think of a better way to cheer up than with peanut butter and chocolate. These cookies sound fantastic!
    • Allie, thanks so much for the kind words. It’s been an interesting year to say the least. I do have a really good support system and family to keep me positive. Peanut butter and chocolate is the ultimate comfort food, right? πŸ˜€
  • Alana MooreNo Gravatar says:
    I’m so sorry for you. I will be thinking about you while I make these!
  • Letting go of friends is tough! But sometimes, it’s a matter of moving on and a chance to meet new people and form new bonds. These cookies look marvelous and whipping them around with a good spatula sounds like stress relief to me. I’ve never seen cream cheese in a cookie before, but baking isn’t my strength. Time to get to work. I guess it’s the cocoa that gives them velvety chocolate color, scrumptious.
    • Absolutely true, Laura! I’m excited for the new direction that my life is taking even if it means letting go of old bonds. Cream cheese adds a wonderful softness and moisture to cookies. πŸ™‚
  • Loving these cookies and the commentary. I’ll eat a panful with you. Excited for your new direction…. XO
  • As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really realized who my true friends are in life. It’s tough to go through, but worth it in the end. And these peanut butter cookies are the perfect treat to indulge in! They look so delicious, Erin! I think I could eat the whole batch!
    • Thank you, Gayle! I’m getting to understand that some people are there at a point in your life when you really need them, but you grow apart or change directions after time. There will always be a select few who are like sisters to me though! These cookies are so good. I ate three or four and then had to hide them. πŸ™‚
  • Sorry to hear you are dealing with that, but cookies are a great remedy! Chocolate and peanut butter is the best combination!
  • Sometimes you’ve gotta do what’s right for you and not anyone else, and that means letting go. Hopefully these AMAZING cookies will help you through this πŸ™‚
    • Ain’t that the truth, girl! I’m such a giver, but I’m learning that it’s important to respect myself enough to know when to stop giving to a cause that doesn’t foster love. πŸ™‚
  • RachelleNo Gravatar says:
    Girl, I’m a stress baker too. I’m sorry for your troubles and hope you are surrounded with some positive energy soon and friends who are worthy of you. In the meantime, enjoy these amazing cookies – if there are any left! πŸ™‚
    • Rachelle, I need to make some more of these very soon! They’re already gone. I recently met up with some friends who I haven’t seen in a while, which brought me a lot of joy. Most of my close friends live far away, so I’m thankful for technology and their support despite the distance. πŸ˜€
  • miraNo Gravatar says:
    So sorry to hear about what you are dealing with.Love PB cups, these cookies are the cutest ! Baking always helps me feel better πŸ™‚
    • Baking and exercise (totally opposite activities) genuinely make me feel happier and full of life. I’ve been doing a lot of both lately and it seems to be helping me, Mira. πŸ˜€
  • It’s always difficult when friendships end – I’m so sorry. I think there are people that are meant to be in your life, and some that just aren’t. It’s hard when you find out those you care about fall into the latter category. I hope you feel better soon… until then, you have some pretty awesome peanut butter cookies help πŸ™‚
  • I’m sorry you had to lose a friend! Its hard and sucks, but sometimes just needs to be done. Me now being in my 30’s find that you will find a handful of amazing friends and honestly that is all you need. These cookies look like the perfect way to cheer you up. Now you just need a glass of wine (yes I love wine and cookies together), your BFF and a chick flick, then you’ll be set to go!! Hugs!
    • Cyndi – Let’s have a wine and cookie party! I’m a HUGE wine lover, especially the local ones near my house. πŸ™‚ My go-to chick flick when I’m feeling down is “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”!
  • GingiNo Gravatar says:
    OH MAN, these WOULD be trouble for me!!! Ahhh.. must make these!!! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com
  • Ugh…I hate friend drama. Next time I am dealing with anything like that I’ll bake up a sheet of these delicious cookies and think of you ;).
  • Sorry to hear that you had to lose a friend. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that some friends are worth keeping and others not so much. Hopefully these cookies help you feel better. Chocolate and peanut butter is the best combo.
  • This post made me so excited because I have such a nostalgic feeling about Reese’s pb cups. So this is totally something i would enjoy eating. They look great!!!
  • DanielleNo Gravatar says:
    I definitely love to bake when things start to get a little crazy in life. It’s so relaxing! I love chocolate and peanut butter, you can’t go wrong with that!
    • Baking helps me to really focus and relax at the same time. I am able to put all of my attention into a project and get results within a few minutes or hours. πŸ˜€
  • LizNo Gravatar says:
    Who’d say no to one of these gems? I’d be begging for seconds! I’m sorry about your friend disappointing you, but at least you’re smart enough to walk away. xo
  • ~ Carmen ~No Gravatar says:
    These definitely look like double the trouble to me. These cookies are perfect as a nice little splurge. Mmmmmmm.
    :] // β–² itsCarmen.com β–²
    • These are definitely a splurge that’s worth it. Usually when I’m taste testing, I’ll have one or two before I freeze them or sample them. These however…were a different story.
  • Cookies most definitely help when things get rough! Baking is so therapeutic, and can truly help when life and friendships go through hard times. Chocolate and peanut butter is such a classic combination–these look delicious!
  • marcieNo Gravatar says:
    These look like double trouble! I don’t think I’d be able to walk away from these. πŸ™‚
  • I’m 24, too! I’ve been having all these crazy emotions because next year ( or technically this year) I’ll be 25!?! Oh my gosh where did the time go! I’m worried about so many things, but I’ll just drown my sorrows in these awesome cookies!
    • Megan – We are totally on the same page. Sometimes, I feel strong and worth while. Other days I just want to throw in the towel and cry in bed all day. Worry is natural; hopefully, 25 will bring you awesome opportunities, Megan!!
  • sorry to hear about the dramatic cookie eating fiasco . . not the actual eating but what caused it. yeah, as I’ve gotten older, I learned I don’t need drama in my life and friendship and appreciation needs to be reciprocated. . not all the time and in everything b/c giving is giving. . but if you are not being appreciated in a friendship or mistreated, that’s not good. well, it’s Friday. . so wishing you a happy weekend and if there are cookies involved, hope that it’s only for fun eating!
    • Alice – You’re so sweet. Being mistreated is the worst or lied to. It hurts like hang. The good news is that I’m really appreciating the people who genuinely love me. I’m making room for new friendships and relationships! πŸ™‚ I’m 100% ready for a weekend of relaxing.
  • Are you SERIOUSSSSS right now?! These cookies are so thick and fat and I can’t believe how peanut buttery they look!

    And I’m so sorry to hear about your friends. I totally know where you’re coming from – I’m 24, and I feel like I’m kind of in the same boat. Awhile ago I kind of had an epiphany that these people I was calling my “friends” were actually more like acquaintances. We weren’t close, we had kind of a fake friendship, ya know? The one where you’re like “let’s hang out!” but never do and you just say that because you feel an obligation to. It sucks feeling like you’re losing some people you were once very close with, but people change and that’s a fact of life we cannot change. Do I still think about my best friend I lost years ago? Totally; I always remember our fun times we had together and then think about how far apart we now are. But that’s life, and at least I have the good memories even if we don’t ever really talk anymore. Hang in there, sweetie – you’ll find friends who appreciate you for your caring, nurturing and loyal attitude. xoxo.

    • Hayley – Your kind words really brightened up my day. Thank you so much. I’ve started to reconnect with a few people who have always been loyal, but just live far away and have chaotic lives. I also have a wonderfully supportive beau who makes me laugh on the daily and is always there to taste test my wonky creations. πŸ˜€
  • MirNo Gravatar says:
    Wow, if you’re having this much regret at 24, just wait! It gets even more…um…yeah.
    But heck, you have cookies, Erin! And you will always have cookies. Enjoy that love!
  • Ugh, sorry about the disappointment! That’s definitely the worst – I’m sending hugs your way! These cookies look absolutely incredible though. Gorgeous photographs too. Hope you have a lovely weekend!
  • CakeSpyNo Gravatar says:
    When life gives you lemons…set them to the side and make these cookies. Awesome!
  • Anything with peanut butter cups is a winner in my book! These look awesome!!!
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