Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

I always have a hard time figuring out what treats to make for Christmas.  My mom has her repetoire of favorites and I look forward to them on the rare occasions I get to be in Bismarck for Christmas.  I think my problem is that I like trying new recipes.  A friend recently asked me for this recipe, though, and it is certainly one worth revisiting.  I'm a sucker for most any combination of peanut butter and chocolate and these really deliver on both flavors!

A friend from high school made these cookies and shared the recipe with me, so first credit goes out to Sara.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies Recipe
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
5 - 2 oz. peanut butter cups, chopped into pieces
6 oz. or 12 oz. of semi sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cream butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla, and eggs. 

3. Sift dry ingredients and add in two parts to creamed mixture until just combined.

4. Stir in peanut butter cups and chocolate chips.

5. Drop rounded tablespoonsful onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes. 
6. Allow to rest on baking sheet for 1-3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
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