While everyone’s tucked in bed dreaming of cookies, I’m baking these Crumbl Muddy Buddy Cookies for a sweet surprise! So fast and easy to make, with a no-chill dough, it’s easy to see why this copycat recipe is always a favorite at our house! Start with a super soft, thick and chewy peanut butter cookie, swirl with a silky chocolate peanut butter ganache, and top with Muddy Buddies and a dusting of powdered sugar – it’s a peanut butter trifecta! Whether you share or tackle on your own, these are the cookies that chocolate and peanut butter lovers dream of!
WHAT ARE THE CLASSIC CRUMBL COOKIES?
Up until April of 2022, you could always find the famous chilled Sugar Cookies with Sweet Almond Icing and Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies. They have discontinued the chilled Sugar Cookies from the permanent menu, and now offer an additional specialty flavor each week.
WHAT ARE THE CRUMBL SPECIALTY FLAVORS?
Every Sunday night Crumbl announcing a new weekly menu of cookie flavors for the week on social media, which is brilliant on their part! People crowd into their stores to try new flavors as they are rolled out, and to pick up their favorites when they are available to freeze for a rainy day.
It truly is hard to decide which is our favorite - and it's fun to share new cookies and revise our "favorites" list! Will it be Birthday Cake, Snickerdoodle Cupcake, Cookies 'n Cream, Pink Velvet, Cinnamon Bun, Chocolate Mallow Cupcake, Key Lime, Chocolate Caramel, Sea Salt Toffee, Ultimate Peanut Butter, Berries & Cream, Boston Cream Pie... or these wonderful Peanut Butter Muddy Buddy Cookies? Crumbl, you're killing us! Good thing I love to tinker in the kitchen to create and share copycat recipes!
They also sell their custom pink "cookie cutter", which allows you to cut each massive cookie into four equal pieces. And I forgot to mention that they also have four custom Ice Cream flavors that rotate weekly as well - as if life wasn't hard enough already!
FOR PERFECT GOURMET OR BAKERY STYLE COOKIES EVERY TIME, USE THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS:
For gourmet cookies, only the best ingredients will give you the texture, richness and depth of flavor we all crave. Make sure to use fresh ingredients for the best results!
MILK POWDER IS THE SECRET TO BETTER COOKIES, BROWNIES & CAKES:
LOVE CRUMBL COOKIES? YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE!
PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter softened
2 large eggs + 1 egg yolk (room temperature)
3 cups (375g) all purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon milk powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups(300g) brown sugar (light or dark)
¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup creamy peanut butter
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER GANACHE:
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup heavy cream
Traditional Muddy Buddies
HOW I MAKE THESE:
WHAT KIND OF PEANUT BUTTER WORKS BEST IN THESE COOKIES? For best results, use Skippy or Jif Creamy Peanut Butter. Natural peanut butters tend to separate when baked, and will not give you the perfect cookie base you need for these cookies. If you would like a little more “bite” to your cookies, you can substitute chunky peanut butter for creamy peanut butter.
WHAT EXACTLY IS MILK POWDER, AND DO I NEED TO USE IT IN THIS RECIPE? Milk powder, which is also called powdered milk (and should not be confused with malted milk powder) is essentially milk in its most concentrated form. It adds fat, protein and flavor in a way that doesn’t mess with the liquid portion of your baking, and adds a bonus layer of richness, sweetness and creaminess to pretty much anything you bake. It’s the “secret weapon ingredient” that works magic when it’s added to this cookie recipe!
TO KEEP THESE COOKIES SOFT: These cookies will stay soft and fresh in an air-tight container refrigerated for up to 5 days, and are best served chilled.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Baked and frosted cookies freeze well for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight UNOPENED on your kitchen countertop.
FOR PARTIES: I package cookies individually in self-sealing clear cellophane cello bags (Pack It Chic are my favorite brand). Make sure cookies are completely dry after decorating before packaging. To make ahead, place individually wrapped and sealed cookies in a larger airtight container and refrigerate or freeze. Thaw frozen cookies in the refrigerator or on your countertop before serving - you are trying to minimize moisture during defrosting, which can cause your frosting to run or bleed and streusel topping to soften.
Original recipe created by Snowflakes & Coffeecakes; published May 2022.
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