Saturday, October 31, 2009

Chocolate Reese's Pieces Cookies

Happy Halloween! We really don't get any trick-or-treater's where we live (unfortunately), but every once in awhile, a couple of our friends will stop by with their little girl, if they happen to be in the area on Halloween. I like to have a little something ready for her, just in case. I can't imagine what would be worse than stopping by a house for trick-or-treating, only to find that there was nothing there! Last Sunday, I bought a big ol' gummy spider for her, in case she stopped by. But the more I looked at it, the more I thought it might terrify a 3-year old. It gave me the perfect excuse to make cookies. Four dozen of them, in fact. I wanted something that was a bit "Halloween-y", but not too labor intensive. I visited The Sisters' Cafe to see what they'd been up to, and I found this recipe, which I changed up a teensy bit.
The original recipe from The Sisters' Cafe called for Reese's peanut butter chips, but I had mini-Reese's Pieces. Earl and Shirley were cleaning out their pantry and brought me a bag of mini-M&Ms and this bag of mini-Reese's pieces. David and I ate the bag of mini-M&Ms, but I decided to save these for something special. And today I decided they would make the perfect "Halloween-y" cookies! These cookies are wonderful! I have a horrible habit of overbaking cookies. I like a chewy cookie, but when I take cookies out of the oven at the point where they'll be chewy when cool, I convince myself that they're not fully baked. Then I end up with hard, crunchy cookies. Today, I resisted temptation and pulled the cookies from the oven at 9 minutes. They seemed raw, but once they cooled, they were perfectly chewy!
It's almost 9pm, and I'm pretty sure that official trick-or-treating hours are over. We didn't have a single spook, ghost, or goblin show up, so now I've got about 3 1/2 dozen yummy cookies in my kitchen begging to be eaten. Help!
Chocolate Reese's Pieces Cookies
2 cups flour
3/4 cups cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cup butter, softened (I used 1 cup)
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (10oz. bag) of Reese's peanut butter chips (or mini-Reese's Pieces)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together dry ingredients and set aside. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in peanut butter chips or Reese's Pieces. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 9 minutes. Cookies will puff up during baking, but will flatten when cooled. Do not overbake! Cool slightly and remove to wire rack.


  1. reeses pieces are my favorites!!! i will definitely have to try these. we live in a neighborhood w/tons of kids but only had 2 sets of trick or treaters stop by! boo. butchy loved seeing them though

  2. thank you for the cookies. i googled, "perfectly chewy reeses pieces chocolate cookies" and i found yours:) delicious:)

  3. Cookies turned out delicious! Much more moist than the last chocolate recipie I tried. Will definately make again. I did take out of oven at 9 minutes even though they don't look done.

  4. Thank you for this recipe! They are delicious. Everyone who tried them said they love them!

  5. These cookies are amazing!!! There are no words to accurately describe them. You must bake them to find out how delicious they are! :)


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