Recipe courtesy of Melissa Gaman for Food Network Kitchen

Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr (plus cooling)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 12 loaded peanut butter cookies
These thick and chewy flourless cookies give off major comfort food vibes. The oats and coconut give them a chewy texture and heft, while the peanut butter cup candies double down on the chocolate-peanut butter profile. For the ideal soft and chewy texture, make sure to bake the cookies until they are very softly set at the edges and then cool slightly on the baking sheets to set as they will be delicate while warm.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Spread the oats on a large baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool. Line 2 separate baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the peanut butter and butter in a large bowl and beat with a mixer on medium speed. Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda and beat until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, then with a rubber spatula, stir in the toasted oats, chocolate chips, coconut and peanut butter cups.
  3. Scoop 12 mounds of dough (about 1/3 cup each), packing the dough together, and arrange about 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Lightly flatten with your fingers.
  4. Bake, switching the pans halfway through, until the edges of the cookies are set but still soft, 20 to 24 minutes. If any cookies are misshapen, use a spatula to press the edges back into a round shape. Let the cookies cool 10 minutes on the pans, then transfer to a rack to cool completely (the cookies will hold together best when fully cooled).

Cook’s Note

If you leave cookies on a hot baking sheet, they’ll continue cooking. Let them cool slightly, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.