Monday, April 19, 2010

Super Quick Chocolate Peanut Cookies

Dan needed some cookies for work tomorrow, but we didn't plan ahead - so we brainstormed based on what was around and decided a chocolate cookie with peanuts sounded good. We looked through some cookbooks, and I stumbled on a recipe in the Cake Mix Bible that uses a cake mix to make cookies. Cake mix isn't my usual Modus operandi, but I'm always intrigued by a new technique - and they turned out okay. Hopefully Dan's coworkers think so, too.

Chocolate Peanut Cookies
1 package of Moist Devil's Food Cake Mix
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
2 Tbspn milk
1 cup peanuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment or silicon baking mats. Combine cake mix, peanut butter, eggs and milk in large mixing bowl. Beat at low speed with electric mixer until blended. Stir in peanuts. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 7-9 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets, then remove to cooling racks.

(The original recipe specified crunchy peanut butter and used candy-coated peanut butter candies - aka Reese's Pieces - rather than peanuts we opted for. Also, the cookies didn't spread or flatten much at all, so I might make them smaller, flatten them, and space them a little closer if we use this recipe again.)

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