Friday, August 8, 2014

Peanut Butter Caramel Skillet Cookie

This week has been all about the deliciousness that is known as peanut butter.  I have shared some truly decadent, over the top recipes with you this week.  I enjoyed creating them as much as my boys enjoyed devouring them!

The thick and fudgy brownies stuffed with peanut butter and marshmallows were truly mind blowing, the peanut butter potato chip crispy treats are a dream for all those people like me who are infatuated with the whole sweet and salty combination, and the perfect fusion of winter and summer with this frozen peanut butter hot chocolate.  Everything this week has not only featured peanut butter but has also been a bit over the top.
So what could possibly warp up a week amazing peanut butter recipes?  There are so many options, but I decided to go with a skillet cookie.  You know me, and you know I'm obsessed with those things.  They are easy to make, no mixer required!  They are the tastiness of a cookie but no scooping required, and they are make in a cast iron skillet...which you really can't get any better than that!

This skillet cookie isn't just a basic peanut butter skillet cookie.  Which I'm sure you were't expecting just a basic peanut butter cookie.  This is a peanut butter cookie packed with chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips.  Hiding in between two layers of this amazing dough is a layer of gooey caramel and crunchy, salty pretzels.  Holy moley, is this an amazing cookie!  If you love peanut butter or you have a peanut butter lover in your life then you must make this cookie.  Run, don't walk, to the kitchen and start making this immediately!
I have thoroughly enjoyed this week and sharing things peanut butter.  I have had so much fun developing the recipes to share with you this week.  Developing them wasn't the hard part, believe it or not.  The hard part was actually narrowing my list down to a mere 5 or 6 recipes.  When I first started brainstorming the ideas the ideas literally flooded in and before it was time to actually start bringing these ideas to life I had a page and a half of ideas!  So, needless to say, I still have tons of recipes that I still want need to make, not only for myself but for all of you as well.  Are you thinking what I'm thinking?  Possibly a peanut butter week part 2 or peanut butter week 2015!  I don't think I can wait till 2015 though!!!
Matt Mosler, I hope you have enjoyed all the recipes created in your honor.  I am truly going to miss seeing you at the crack of dawn when I come into the station to do my segment, but I couldn't be happier for you that you are finally able to follow God's calling and your desire to enter the ministry.  You have already touched so many lives over the years in your line of work, now you'll touch many more on a more personal level.  Good luck on this next chapter of your life.

Peanut Butter Caramel Skillet Cookie
Ingredients:

8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 Egg
1/2 Cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 Cup brown sugar
1/4 Cup granulated sugar
1 Tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Cup +3 Tbsp flour
1/2 Tsp baking soda
1/4 Tsp salt
1 Cup chocolate chips
3/4 Cup Reese's peanut butter chips
3/4 Cup roughly chopped pretzel rods
1 Cup Kraft caramel bits

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.  Rub butter across the bottom and sides of a 10 inch cast iron skillet.  Set aside.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and stir to combine.  Set aside.

Place butter in a microwave safe dish.  Heat in microwave until melted, about 20 seconds.  Add peanut butter and stir to combine.  (If the peanut butter isn't softening place in the microwave for about 15 seconds, remove and stir.)

Add the sugars and stir to combine.  Add the egg and vanilla and mix to incorporate.  Add the flour mixture and mix.  Once the flour is incorporated add the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips and stir to combine.

Place 3/4 of the dough in the skillet and gently press along the bottom and partially up the sides.

Place the caramel bits in a microwave safe bowl along with 2 teaspoons of water and place in microwave.  Heat in 20 second intervals, stirring after each, until completely melted.  Pour over the dough and spread into an even layer.  Add the pretzels.  Drop the remaining dough, in pieces, over the pretzels and caramel.

Place in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, being sure not to over bake as the cookie will continue to cook when removed from the oven.  Allow to cool slightly.  Cut and enjoy!

Recipe source: A Lynsey Original

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