Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Crunch Cookies

As you guys know, we’re settling into the new house nicely. We don’t have much furniture, and my dining room is still a jumble of boxes, but we are, in fact, settling in.

With all of this settling in comes people. People coming and people going. People measuring, people repairing, people cleaning, people delivering stuff. People doing things around the house to make it a better, more comfy place to live. People, people, people.

Well, with all these people coming and going, I’ve been a little concerned lately.

I’ve been concerned about inviting these people into my house.

This concern has nothing to do with the fact that I recently read Dead Until Dark (Book 1 of the Sookie Stackhouse series) by Charlaine Harris.

Really.

Not. At. All.

Did you know that, according to Miss Harris, vampires can’t enter your home unless they’re invited? Like, verbally, actually invited in. As in, “Hello. Won’t you please come into my home?”

I figure that if she says it’s so, it must be true…she’s written dozens of books on the matter, she’s clearly an expert.

I’ve been subtly testing the delivery people and handy repair people by not actually inviting them into the house. I just sort of say hi, and wait and see if they can enter on their own.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: if they were vampires, they wouldn’t be out in the daylight. Duh.

You’re right, this is true…except, what if they can be out in daylight…like the Cullens? I mean, this is Oregon, and it’s really only been sunny like, maybe four days since we’ve been here, so you never know. We’re not that far from Forks, after all.

Of course, that then begs the question, can a vampire enter your house without an invitation after all? Because Edward totally creeps in and stalks Bella while she’s sleeping long before she ever invites him in.

There’s so much contradiction out there that I’ve decided to trust in Charlaine Harris, and I always feel a little twinge of relief when people are able to come in the house without a verbal invitation.

But I still make sure I’m not home alone when they’re here. You know…just in case. I mean, maybe two of us can take on a super strong vampire. You don’t know.

Plus, I try to make them eat real people food, like these cookies. After all, if they are disgusted by something as delicious as these, they must be evil. Clearly.

When I went shopping for Easter this year, I grabbed some of the usuals – Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, Easter M&M’s, jellybeans…you know, the usuals. Then I saw Nestle Crunch eggs, and I snatched them up. Nestle Crunch holiday shapes are one of my very favorites. I love the crispies to chocolate ratio in the holiday shapes.

When I got everything out for the baskets, you can imagine my disdain when I discovered that I’d actually grabbed peanut butter crunch eggs. Hmpf. I’m not really a fan of the whole peanut butter-chocolate combo.

I know, I know…I’m totally weird. It’s not that I don’t like PB and chocolate together…I just don’t love it. I was pretty irritated about the fact that my yummy candies weren’t what I thought they were.

Then I ate one. And I decided that if all PB-chocolate treats also had crispies, then they would all be heaven on earth.

And then I decided they needed to become cookies.

TA-DA!

The cookies are super simple. You just need all-purpose flour, brown sugar, sugar, unsalted butter, rice krispies cereal, mini semi-sweet chocolate, peanut butter, an egg, vanilla extract, salt, and baking soda. And candy. But you totally don’t have to have the candies, unless you wanna. Or you could use any other candy on top that you prefer.

Once the cookies are mixed up, roll the dough into balls and roll the cookie balls in the cereal.

Place the cookies on a lined baking sheet and press the centers gently with your thumb to flatten them slightly. Then, just bake em up and add some candy to the tops while they’re still hot.

I wasn’t sure about these cookies when I first dreamed them up. I just wasn’t sure about cereal rolled cookies with chocolate and candy.

I don’t know what I was thinking…I mean hello?! Cookies, candy, and cereal all in one. How could they miss?? They definitely don’t; they’re delicious! Plus, they only take about 30 minutes to prepare and bake. Yay!

Grab your leftover Easter candy and make these…everyone will thank you. And if they don’t, kick them out, because they’re probably a vampire. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Crunch Cookies [Printable Version]
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies
Ingredients

FOR THE COOKIES
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened (margarine for vegan)
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg (1/4 cup applesauce for vegan)
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (add and extra 1/4 teaspoon for vegan)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour

1 to 2 cups rice krispies cereal

To make the cookies: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda together in a small bowl; set aside.

In a large bowl or the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Beat in the egg (or applesauce) until combined. Add the peanut butter and beat until well mixed. Stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture a half cup at a time until combined.

Roll the dough into balls, scooping one and a half tablespoons at a time. Roll the cookies in the rice krispies cereal and place them 2-inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat Mats.

Press each ball gently with your thumb. Lightly sprinkle the cookies with sugar (optional). Bake for 12 minutes to 15 minutes, or until just browned.

Transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack, and place a chocolate candy on each cookie while they are still hot. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Recipe by Darla

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  1. says

    Oh I havent made cookies in so long and these look so good I might have to get baking again!
    In terms of vampires out in the day time and invites, Im agreeing with the Charlene and they have to be invited but in the Vampire Diaries they have rings that let them out in the day so when in doubt check for out of place fancy ornate rings too ;)

  2. says

    There is a lot of vampire contradiction. You can reassure yourself with lore from The Vampire Diaries–they do need invited in, but they can walk around in the daylight because they must know a witch you made them a daylight ring! Ta da! I know lots about vampires. Oh and your cookies? TO DIE FOR!

  3. Jessica says

    According to Buffy, you can always “un-invite” someone if you change your mind once they’ve already been in. Just handy to know if they turn down one of these cookies, which I’m hurrying to make right now. No really, right now.

  4. says

    This is a great idea. I like the flavors as well as the extra crunch-very creative Darla! Sometimes our doubts do turn out to be nothing to worry about, glad you forged ahead with the idea to make these.

  5. says

    My Father In Law is currently in Oregon for a job. I texted him the other day and informed him that if he saw a vampire, not to bother with garlic because it’s just a myth and to instead stake them through the heart. He never responded.

    It’s like I’m trying to save his life and he doesn’t even appreciate it. Also, I don’t think my husband knows that I send text messages about vampires and stuff to his family members. And I don’t think I’ll tell him anytime soon.

    Love the cookies, it’s a great way to use up leftover candy!!

  6. says

    If I could, I would hire you to be my personal cookie inventor/baker. Unfortunately I could never afford to pay what you’re actually worth. :) Love these cookies, chickadee!

  7. Joanna says

    Haha, I completely concur with your vampire testing methods- I think I’ll start implementing them too! Like Jessica said, Buffy agrees with you on the invitation thing, so it must be true. And Angel had a ring for a bit that let him be outside during the day. Vampire lore agreement all around! :) I’m sad you’re not a PB+chocolate fan though, I think it was a divinely inspired combination.

  8. says

    I love rice krispies. I love hearing the snap, crackles, and pop as I pour in the milk and then the cereal gets all soggy and delicious. Mmm. Soggy rice krispies is the best! (Am I weird?) Anyways. These cookies are cuper cute and I want them. :)

    And good luck with your vampire inspection, you’re bound to at least trap one, eh? :)

  9. Vernie Geogette says

    These cookies look very sweet. I’m not really fond of sweets but they look so mouthwatering to me. Could I use kisses instead of the regular nestle oblong chocolates? Keep on baking and inventing home-made desserts.

    -Vernie

  10. says

    I can’t help but feel that a little vampire education via the true experts are in order….Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series. I’m not just saying that because it is my most favorite show of all time but because they have a “simple” solution to revoking a vampire’s right to enter a dwelling….something about an inverted cross and some chanting in a weird language (probably Latin or Greek) out of a dusty old book. Pretty sure Kindle doesn’t carry that particular novel…so you are going to have to go old school and buy it off of Amazon.

    Anyway, I highly recommend this method of education. It will make you feel empowered! Also, awesome cookies!

  11. says

    hahaha, sometimes I do the same thing, just saying ‘hi’ to see where or what the other person does, though I had never thought it may be because of a primal fear of vampires. (I just like awkward moments). ;)

    These cookies look awesome. We have an Easter basket packed with little candy eggs that I could use in the center of these. Great inspiration. Otherwise…. I’ll have Easter candy until Halloween.

  12. bttrflybabydoll says

    That last picture sold me! That’s what I love about peanut butter cookies with hershey’s kisses on top. All that gooey chocolate!! Yum!