Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies – up the ante on traditional peanut butter cookies with the addition of roasted peanuts and crispy rice cereal. The perfect after school cookie with a tall glass of ice cold milk.
Inspired by our recent Chocolate Chip Pecan Crunch Cookies , I decided to take the same idea of adding nuts and Rice Krispies cereal to our old family recipe for peanut butter cookies and the results were not disappointing. There is a very enjoyable contrast between the soft, slightly chewy cookie and the super crunch of the crispy cereal and roasted peanuts. Hmmm…wonder f I should dip them in chocolate next time?
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 ¼ cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1/2 cup Rice Krispies cereal
- 1/2 cup roasted peanuts + another 11/2 cup for rolling the cookies, optional
Cream the butter, peanut butter, white sugar and brown sugar well.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat well.
Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture and fold until dough forms.
Fold in the cereal and peanuts.
Make 1 1/2 inch balls and roll one half of the ball in an additional peanuts
Place the dough balls, peanuts side up on a parchment lined baking sheet 2- 3 inches apart. Chill in the fridge for 30 - 60 minutes. Dough should be very well chilled before going into the oven.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake 13-15 minutes until golden brown at the edges Do not over bake or cookies will be brittle.
Makes about 12 cafe -style large cookies or about 18 smaller cookies.