Peanut Butter Button Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Peanut Butter Button Cookies

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These Peanut Butter Button Cookies have a chocolate button embedded right in the center. They’re soft and sweet and so peanut buttery. Everyone will love them.

Peanut Butter Button Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Around the world, symbols of racism are being deconstructed. It feels like the momentum of the movement is inevitiable. I hope we don’t get distracted. We cannot let another black person die with a knee on their neck, literally or metaphorically. Keep up the fight kids.

In other news, is there any other news that matters? Oh yeah, there’s that whole global pandemic and a pending US presidential election. It’s a lot, but we can’t get tired. Find small ways to recharge and reconnect so that we can move each day a little bit closer to Dr. King’s beloved community. It’s what we were created for.

Peanut Butter Button Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I made these cookies a month ago, so it’s just a coincidence that I used white and milk chocolate. I just thought the different colors would look cute in a photo. And these cookies are pretty adorable. And so addictive. It was really difficult to stop eating them.

I even managed to give some away to a friend who pulled their car up outside my house for a delivery. It felt so strange not to be able to invite them up for a cup of tea. Maybe someday we’ll go in people’s houses again. Until then, we’ll find new and strange ways to share.

Peanut Butter Button Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

How to make Peanut Butter Button Cookies

These cookies are really simple to make. Smooth peanut butter, softened butter, and brown sugar all get creamed together with an electric mixer. Then we mix in a little milk to thin things out a tiny bit, some vanilla extract for flavor, and an egg to hold it all together.

Finally, mix in flour, baking soda, and salt. This cookie dough is fairly stiff. That’s what we’re looking for. Scoop out your cookie dough into about a walnut-size ball and roll it gently in your hands. Then use your fingers to gently flatten out each ball just a little bit. They’ll spread a little bit in the oven, but not much.

Peanut Butter Button Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

These cookies bake up in about 7-8 minutes. As soon as you take them out of the oven while the cookies are still soft, gently press a chocolate button right into the center of each cookie. Leave them to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.

In the US, people usually use Hershey’s Kisses, but they don’t sell those in the UK. I actually like the chooclate buttons a little bit better because you can eat them as part of the cookie rather than just having to take the Kiss off and eat it separately.

Be careful when you’re putting these away, though. If the cookies are not cooled completely, the chocolate will still be soft and melty, and they’ll make a mess when you try to stack them.

Peanut Butter Button Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Find someone awesome to share some Peanut Butter Button Cookies with. We need to keep up our energy for changing the world. Keep at it.

If you’re looking for more awesome peanut butter cookie action, my Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies are what you need. Check ’em out.

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Peanut Butter Button Cookies

Peanut Butter Button Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Peanut Butter Button Cookies have a chocolate button embedded right in the center.

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Ingredients

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  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) butter, softened
  • 11/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 13/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bag of chocolate buttons (2430 pieces)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C)  and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla until well combined. Add the egg and continue beating until everything is smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir together to combine.
  4. With your mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture and beat until everything just comes together.
  5. Scoop out your dough about a tablespoon at a time, leaving space for the cookies to spread a little. Gently press two fingers into the center of each dough ball to help flatten it.
  6. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until the cookies just barely start to brown around the edges. Immediately press a chocolate button into each cookie. 
  7. Allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack, then transfer to the fridge if your kitchen is too hot for the chocolate to harden.

Notes

You can use pretty much any small pieces of chocolate here, so get creative and use what you love.

Keywords: Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Cookies

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