Monday, March 03, 2008

Playing in the Mud

We interrupt this quilt blog to bring you a new recipe... I used to make these cookies all the time when Soccer Boy and College Girl were much younger. They loved them and so did all of the neighborhood children. I never quite knew what to call them. "You Know...The Peanut Butter Cookies That You Bake In a Mini Muffin Tin and Then Stick a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in the Center" just seemed like too long of a name for these kid friendly delights. One day when my friend, Laurel, was making these cookies for her boys, they came up with the perfect name and it stuck...Mud Puddles.

Mud Puddles seemed so appropriate. Especially since they have a brown ooey gooey center. And boys know all about mud puddles, don't they?
College Girl came home over the weekend to visit her friend whose mother passed away from cancer last Monday. When I talked with her in the middle of last week she asked if I would please make her some Mud Puddles when she came home. I knew it had been a long time since I had made them, but I didn't realize just how long it had been until I mentioned them to the Ballerina (a.k.a. the Chef) and she had no idea what I was talking about. Now, not only does she know what they are, but she also knows how to make them!!! And so will you...

MUD PUDDLES
(Approx. 4 dozen cookies)

Cream:
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar

Add:
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Then add:
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. soda
1 1/4 c. flour

Roll dough into a small ball and put into a mini muffin tin. Ball should fill up 3/4 of each cup. Bake at 375 deg. F. for 8-9 minutes, until they just begin to turn brown on top. Remove from oven and press a mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cup into each cookie. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and gently remove from the tin with the edge of a knife.
Just a note: Laurel and I used to scour the markets after the major holidays when the seasonal candy went on sale. One market would sell the candy for a $1.00 a bag. We'd stash away the peanut butter cups and pull them out when we were ready to make cookies. A cheaper way to make cookies when you're on a budget!

17 comments:

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

Cool! Thank you for the new recipe. I like this one... fast and combining two of everyones favorites!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for giving me a name for a cookie we have loved for years!

Shelina said...

Another great idea. Thanks for sharing it as well!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Those are seriously good looking cookies. I want them!

Carin said...

Those look so yummy!

Darlene said...

Those are some yummy looking "Mud Puddles". :-)

Nan said...

Those are most delicious looking, Kairle! I didn't know mud puddles could look soooooo good! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the story about these yummy cookies!

atet said...

These just look too darned yummy. I think I may have to try them. Of course, Miss Tink doesn't like peanut butter (strange kid, don't ask) so, guess that means I'll have to eat them (since, I do like it -- and those peanutbutter cups are my downfall!).

atet said...

These just look too darned yummy. I think I may have to try them. Of course, Miss Tink doesn't like peanut butter (strange kid, don't ask) so, guess that means I'll have to eat them (since, I do like it -- and those peanutbutter cups are my downfall!).

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Boy those look great. And how cool of you to share. I'm with atet, peanutbutter cups are my downfall.

We dont have them in the house here!

Marcie said...

Those are so cute! My daughters will love this one! And your etched glass is a great idea! What a neat gift project.

Morah said...

OOOooooo! You are making my dieting tummy rumble!!!!!

LOVE the etched glass baking dish. What a great idea!

julieQ said...

YUM!! Those look good. How many weight watcher points??

hehehe, that takes the wind right out of my sails. I think I'll make 'em any way, they look so good! Thanks for sharing your recipe...

Sherry said...

Those are the yummiest looking mud puddles I've ever seen. I thank you for the recipe, my hips..not so much! LOL

Patchwork Penguin said...

The recipe I have is called Magic Peanut Butter Middles.... I like your name better.

Hugs,

Nancy

Anne Fannie said...

I just came across your blog. I can't wait to try these cookies!
Thanks for a great recipe!

mama jo said...

i'm a friend of susan's...you had me at the peanut butter...but, your blog is great and you are so talented...wow...