One year, my Daddy took my litter brother and I Trick-or-Treating in the neighborhood. Our trip started out pretty much like every other year: knock knock, "Triiiick or Treeeat", open door, drop candy in pumpkin, "Thank You", on to the next house. My brother Kent and I progressed with the monotonous routine for the next several houses. Then, at the next house the family had a nice jovial little set up on their front porch with a folding table loaded with huge bowls of candy. Behind the table sat a very friendly couple dressed in street clothes. Their front lawn was decorated with several Halloween decorations that faded into the background as we approached the friendly smiling faces of the candy distributors. As we walked closer to the couple, the gorilla suit that was laying on the lawn jumped up and chased us down the sidewalk. They had an adult lying perfectly still in the suit waiting to pounce on the unsuspecting victims at the precise time. I think I nearly jumped out of my skin and truly understood for the first time what the term "scared to death" meant. I had never been so frightened. I was done with Trick-or-Treating and most Halloween activities after that "Gorilla Attack". I was traumatized. I spent the next several years at my Grannie's house while my brothers, sister and their friends Trick-or-Treated and visited haunted houses. I couldn't take the chance of ever being so frightened again and it didn't help that I wasn't jazzed about the scary aspect of the holiday to begin with.
It is really ironic that I spent so many years not participating in Halloween, because now I love it! Not because I would ever consider scaring young children on my lawn, but because I love the idea of finding the perfect costume for our family Halloween party and I love planning the holiday themed menu for the party. I think these cookies would be a great addition to any Halloween party!
Peanut Butter-Cup Cookies
Real Simple Magazine October 2009
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 12-ounce package small peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped
1.) Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Coarsely chop peanut butter cups.
2.) Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until creamy.
Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine.
Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Fold in the peanut butter cups.
3.) Drop tablespoon-size mounds of dough 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets.
Bake until light brown around the edges 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a baking rack to cool.