Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies in a Cookies and Milk Bar

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Wednesday night was our year end wrap up for the girls at church called our Evening of Excellence and I was in charge of the refreshments so to mix it up a little bit, I went with a Cookies and Milk Bar.  I made two kinds of cookies, “Three Chip Cookies” (which are already on the blog) and then these new ones called “Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies” which come from a blog called “Sweet Pea’s Kitchen” which are delightful!  The cookies and milk bar was a hit and the whole room smelled so good, like a bakery right there at church.  Here is a closer look at the cookies, Three Chip on the bottom and PB on the top.

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2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon honey

1 cup milk chocolate chips

1 cup Reese’s Pieces

1 cup peanut butter chips

1  Preheat oven to 350.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2  Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and pudding mix and set aside.  Beat butter, peanut butter and sugars on medium until light and fluffy, about 3 – 4 minutes.  Add eggs, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.  Add vanilla and honey and beat until combined.  Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, beat to combine.  Add chocolate chips, Reese’s Pieces and peanut butter chips and mix until incorporated.

3  Roll (or use a cookie scoop) heaping tablespoon of dough into 1 1/2″ ball between palms and place on prepared sheet.  Repeat with remaining dough, spacing balls 2″ apart.  Using palm, gently flatten dough balls until they are about 3/4″ thick.

4  Bake 10 minutes.  Let cookies cool on sheets 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.

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