Peanut Butter Cookies - Trader Joe Style

2 1/2 c all-purpose flour

1 1/2 t baking soda

1 t baking powder

1/4 t salt

1 c butter, softened

1 c Trader Joe's Organic Creamy Peanut Butter

1 c firmly packed brown sugar

1 c granulated sugar

1/3 c granulated set aside in a small bowl

2 large eggs brought to room temperature

1 t Trader Joe's vanilla extract

12 oz. container of Trader Joe's mini milk chocolate peanut butter cups

1 small box of instant vanilla pudding

1. Pre-heat oven to 375°. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pudding mix in a medium sized bowl. Beat the butter, peanut butter and sugars in a large bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. Beat in flour mixture just until combined. Stir in mini p/b chips.

2. Shape into 1-inch balls and roll in the 1/3 c of granulated sugar that was set aside. Place onto ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. With a fork, press and flatten each ball with a criss cross pattern. Bake about 10 - 12 minutes; until just golden. Yield: 6 dozen

For this recipe use a natural style peanut butter. This type of peanut butter has a layer of oil on top that is mixed into the nut butter prior to use. This type of peanut butter is more liquid and works better in the recipe.

If you can't find mini peanut butter cups, chop 12 oz. of peanut butter cups into tiny pieces.

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