Remember the movie E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial?
It was 1982 … and the blockbuster Science-Fiction movie, about a little boy who befriends an extraterrestrial stranded on earth, took the movie world by storm, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time (at least for the next ten years).
Also starring in that movie was a little peanut butter candy, already introduced to us by the Hershey Company in the late ‘70’s , called Reese’s Pieces.
During the ‘80’s, we were in the throes of family life, and it only made sense that our regular Peanut Butter Cookies, with the addition of Reese’s Pieces, would become E.T. Cookies.
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes Baking Time: 12-15 minutes
Yield: 22-24 large cookies
230 g (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
210 g (1 cup) dark brown sugar
200 g (1 cup) granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
10 mL (2 teaspoons) vanilla
1 ½ cups (375 mL) smooth or crunchy peanut butter (not natural or light)
380 g (2 ½ cups) all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon (2.5 mL) baking soda
1 teaspoon (5 mL) baking powder
½ teaspoon (2.5 mL) salt
2 cups (500 mL) Reese’s Pieces candies, divided into 2 – 1 cup portions
Extra granulated sugar for coating
- Beat together butter and sugars until smooth and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Continue to beat until mixture is light and fluffy.
- Stir in peanut butter.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- Gradually stir into peanut butter mixture.
- Stir in 1 cup of Reese’s Pieces candies. Save the rest for pressing into each cookie just before baking. Refrigerate for ½ hour before shaping the balls for cookies.
- Ideally dough should be refrigerated for at least 24 hours. To make things easier, form the individual balls of dough prior to refrigerating (or freezing). Using approximately 60 g (about ¼ cup) of dough for each cookie, place balls of dough on greased or parchment paper-lined cookie sheets, or a large platter. Cover, and refrigerate until firm. Place in a freezer bag to keep them fresh until baking day.
- At baking time: Preheat oven to 350 0 F (180 0 C). Remove dough balls from fridge. Let them come to room temperature (1/2 hour). Roll each ball in some granulated sugar. Slightly flatten each ball and press several of the reserved Reese’s Pieces candies into each ball (10-12 candies for each cookie). Place on prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake at 3500 F (1800 C) for 12-15 minutes, or until golden. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before moving them.
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