This week I desperately needed to do some baking. I don’t know if you’re like me in this way, but I find that I bake when I need to de-stress. It’s been a busy week, so I was anxious to crank up my oven and start smelling baked goodies wafting through my house.
So the question became: What am I going to bake? I felt the need for cookies, and immediately I knew which ones would make an appearance in my kitchen this week. I’d been meaning to make peanut butter cookies with the Hershey’s Kiss on top for ages. I loved them when I was growing up. They make me think of the elementary school parties we would have when everyone’s moms would bring treats. Someone always brought these cookies without fail, making me a very happy girl!
I realized I’d never made cookies like this before, despite my many years of baking…it was such an easy decision. Then of course I went to one of my favorite go-to recipe sites, Tasty Kitchen. I found a cookie recipe that sounded like exactly what I needed, and it was time to get baking!
I thought I had all of the ingredients I needed, but it turned out that I overestimated the amount of peanut butter I had on hand. So, being the type of person who adapts to her surroundings, I grabbed my PB2 and made peanut butter out of that. If you haven’t heard of PB2, you must check it out. It is essentially powdered peanut butter with fewer calories and fat grams than normal the normal variety, so what is not to love about that?! You’ll find it in the organic food section of your grocery store. You can make peanut butter by mixing 2 parts PB2 with 1 part water. Then you instantly have the amount you need. Love that!
These cookies were even better than I remembered, if that’s even possible. I think the PB2 helped make them really light and fluffy, like you were eating peanut butter pillows with chocolate on top…wow, that is sort of how I envision heaven, now that I think about it! 😉 I love, love, love the combo of peanut butter and chocolate, and was thrilled by how easy and delicious these cookies were!
Whether you’ve made this cookie a million times or never before, you have got to give this recipe a shot! And give the PB2 a whirl as well, so that you can cut down on fat and calories and make yourself feel super cool as you make your own peanut butter! Click here for the recipe and step by step instructions.
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