My Gram was famous for these Peanut Butter Cup Cookies! And when I was a little girl, I was quite certain that she was internationally famous for them...as her recipe was published decades ago in the Dayton's Marketplace cookbook and her church cookbook - it was only years later that I figured out that this was pretty much one of the most common Christmas cookie recipes out there!
But she was famous for making more than 25 dozen of these every holiday season and sharing them with family, friends, co-workers and shut-ins. Back in the day she would buy Reese Miniature Peanut Butter Cups in a large box that were unwrapped - boy, do I wish they still made those! For many years, Gram would always stay with us the week before Christmas and thru the New Year, and she loved helping with the cookie baking. She especially loved making "her" cookies with my little ones, and sneaking them candy that had been peeled for baking when they thought I wasn't looking!
On National Cookie Day, and in celebration of my Gram, it just seems like I need to share this recipe with all of you again!
This is another of our traditional Christmas cookies - and one that always seems to disappear fast! So easy and simple to make - the hardest part is always trying to get them out of the pans, but the secret is to wait until the peanut butter cups have firmed up after melting so completely when they are inserted into the soft and chewy peanut butter cookies hot from the oven!
We've been making these for generations now, and in looking at some of my original blog photos I was a little bit embarassed about how the original photos looked now!
So, it was time to re-shoot these and post again!
For something a little bit special, I like to drizzle these with either white chocolate or dark chocolate, or add some holiday sprinkles while the cookies are still warm and melty.
And while we don't bake 25 dozen of these every year, we do make a fair amount to share with family and friends! I hope that you enjoy these as much as we do!
Rest in peace sweet Gram - your recipes and our memories of time spent with you carry us thru these hard days without you...