The holiday season is now in full swing, and that means in between gift shopping, tree cutting, and decorating should be ample snacking on seasonal treats. Chief among these are Christmas baked goods, which always seem to pair well with the ambience of Christmas more than anything else. One modern favorite of mine has always been peanut butter cup cookies, which are one of the most delicious snacks you can make quite a bit for only a little effort. So here’s a recipe I spied on browneyedbaker that serves as a great holiday cookie recipe for anyone, even those that have less experience baking.

Ingredients

1¼ cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
48 miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups, unwrapped

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

3. Beat together the butter, peanut butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the egg and vanilla and mix for another minute or so to combine. Reduce the mixer speed to low, add the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. Give the dough a final mix with a rubber spatula to ensure all of the flour is incorporated.

4. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls (about 2 teaspoons worth of dough) and place in the cups of a miniature muffin pan (keep the dough in balls – do not press into the pan).

5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until light golden brown and slightly puffy. Remove from the oven and immediately press a miniature peanut butter cup in the middle of each cookie, pressing down so that the top of the peanut butter cup is even with the top of the cookie. Cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pans, and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

 (via Browneyedbaker)