These are like the yummy puppy chow cereal treats but as a cookie! Use your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe, I always use Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies (sooo good) or buy a cookie mix to make it easy. Based off recipe from www.bettycrocker.com
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If using Irresistable Peanut Butter Cookies recipe bake at 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine cookie ingredients as directed on package or according to your own recipe instructions.
- Shape dough into 1" balls (about 2 1/2 tsp) and place 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake about 8 minutes (at this time I just slightly press on cookie and return to oven for 2 more minutes) or until the edges a lightly golden brown (do not over cook or they will crumble in chocolate) cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheets them remove to cooling rack and cool completely.
- In a bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on high in one minute intervals, stirring after each minute, until it is combined and smooth, stir in vanilla.
- In a gallon size ziploc bag place 1 1/2 c powdered sugar; set aside.
- In a large bowl place 12 cooled cookies, pour 1/3 of chocolate mixture over cookies in bowl, with a rubber spatula carefully toss cookies to coat with chocolate (they do not have to be completely coated in chocolate) Place cookies six at a time in powdered sugar bag and gently turn to coat cookies.
- Shake excess powdered sugar off and place on cooling rack to set up.
- Repeat with 12 more cookies and 1/2 of remaining chocolate mixture; repeat again until all cookies have been coated, adding more powdered sugar to bag if you run out.
- *If you are using your own recipe, it may yield more or less cookies so make sure you have enough chocolate mix and powdered sugar to coat. The Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies recipe makes a bit more, but I just top extra's with granulated sugar and skip steps 5+. Betty Crocker's cookie mix will make 3 dozen, which is what this recipe is based on*.
I wasn't really sure how to rate these cookies. I was very excited when I made them, but as I made them they turned out to be really difficult. I should have taken what I know about real puppy chow and applied it to these cookies, which is my own fault. Such as puppy chow clumps together when you make it (the best part about it!) as did my cookies when I tried to coat more than one at a time. I also had the problem with my cookies breaking when I coated them. If I was to make this recipe again, I would probably use smaller cookies. Big cookies just don't work very well and they're very over whelming to eat in one sitting. Definitely the biggest mess I%u2019ve ever made in a kitchen, which trust me, is really saying something.
We all really liked these. It was a little more difficult than I was expecting but not too bad. The flavor was very good, although they didn't taste as much like puppy chow as I thought they would. I am sure we will have these again.
These are pretty yummy. I made them for a get-together with friends and everyone liked them. They were kind of a pain to make, and even though I followed your directions to a "T", they did not come together as easily as they seem like they're supposed to. They were a mess to make, but I figured it out. I will probably not make them again because they involved a little more work than I'm interested in, but I'm very glad I tried them. Thanks for a new twist on one of my favorite treats!