I had this wonderful idea to invite some friends over for cards, and, of course, my inner domestic diva took full control of my every fiber, and I started to fret over what I was going to serve for munchies. John.e is constantly and forever reminding me that I get myself all worked up whenever we have company coming. The amount of prep that I do, not only physically, but mentally as well, is overwhelming. We love having our friends over, and it’s evident that they appreciate the effort that I put into being a good host, but I can’t shake the need to impress whenever possible. This particular evening, I decided to put together a little candy and popcorn bar. When the evening was over, I packed them up a few boxes of my homemade moose munch, butter salt popcorn, and various candies. However, just like every single time we host an evening in, we were left with so many leftovers. The Reese’s Pieces were part of the candy bar, and there was an abundance leftover, hence, this cookie came to be.
I have a basic cookie recipe that I go for most of my cookie endeavours. I usually just modify the taste and texture of the cookie but switching ingredients in and out whenever warranted. This recipe is very similar to my chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I did make some minor adjustments. I knew that adding the Reese’s Pieces was going to give my cookie a sweeter taste, but also, there would be extra peanut butter flavour. I adjusted by reducing the amount of peanut butter I would normally use in a cookie recipe so that the peanut butter flavour wouldn’t inundate and take over some of the other flavours.
One last thing before I get to telling you how to make this: this is probably the easiest cookie recipe you’ll find, and the clean up is very minimal. In fact, you only need one mixing bowl, a wooden spoon, a couple of measuring cups, and a measuring spoon. I’m always looking for ways to cut corners when it comes to the clean up part of cooking and baking.
- ½ cup salted butter, softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup quick cook oats
- 2 cups Reese's Pieces
- In a large mixing bowl, with a wooden spoon, vigorously mix together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar.
- Once completely incorporated, add the egg, vanilla, and peanut butter. Once again, using a wooden spoon, mix well to combine.
- Next, add the flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix well.
- Stir in the oatmeal and the Reese's Pieces.
- You can certainly roll the cookie dough into golf-sized balls and place them onto a lined baking sheet, or you can use a scoop for more even and uniform cookies. I used my medium-sized 1½ teaspoon scoop. It makes the perfect sized cookie.
- Position the dough evenly on your cookie sheet. Be sure to leave room for growth.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes (no less; no more!)
- Allow the cookie to cool for two minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack for the remainder of the cooling process.
Here’s proof that John.e enjoyed the cookie. I made him an extra special monster-sized cookie!