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Happy Belated Easter!
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful day with family, friends, and maybe a few chocolate eggs. :) I indulged in one or two Cadbury eggs myself after a delicious meal with the fam and a celebration service at church.
If nothing else, I hope you all know and appreciate one thing this Easter – that you are LOVED beyond words by a God who allowed his own son to die the worst death possible – for you. For me. For all of us, even if it had only been one.
The Son of God gave his life just so we would have the chance to spend eternity in heaven. The choice to believe and accept is up to us, but he made that choice possible in the first place. For that I am grateful, and on my worst days, the assurance of being loved that much provides a hope that nothing else can. I am loved! You are loved! Every single person on earth is loved.
If you or someone you know needs a little extra lovin’ this week…or if you simply have a whole bunch of leftover Easter candy that needs to be removed from the premises ASAP…this one’s for you!
I don’t know about you, but cookies (and sweets of any kind, if we’re keeping it real!) are one of my love languages. That and Words of Affirmation, if you’ve read the book. (If you haven’t, it’s an oldie but a goodie!)
My family made this peanut-buttery cookie pie DISAPPEAR both times I made it. My dad and my two brothers are never huge on sweets, but holy cow! This baby was gone without a trace, leaving me salivating for more. Usually I can count on sneaking the last piece, but I was out of luck this time.
Guess I’m not the only one who has a thing for Reese’s Eggs. I think most of us can agree that they’re infinitely better than plain old Reese’s cups, and they’re even more tasty inside this giant cookie!
Speaking of Reese’s Eggs dominating…I need to run to Target very soon to scope out the post-Easter candy sales! See you there? :)
The recipe below is inspired by and adapted from Averie Cooks (please stalk her blog immediately if you don’t already, because each and every one of her recipes is completely mouthwatering), with a few of my own twists and some extra Easter candy thrown in.
It’s very similar to the peanut butter Easter cookies I made last year, only bigger and chewier. I am all about the soft, chewy cookies. No solid cookies for this girl – unless they’re Oreos! :)
I used wheat flour and Easter-themed candy, but regular flour works perfectly, and candy from any time of the year will do!
Helpful hint? It’s not possible to go overboard on the candy here. Especially if you’re using this pie to cheer somebody up! Any bite without a piece of candy in it is a sorry disappointment. You definitely want to avoid that catastrophe, so pile on the peanut butter and chocolate, and allow yourself to indulge a little!
You can totally add your favorite candies, too. Chopped Butterfingers? Perfect. Hershey bars? I’m thinking a s’mores version would be fantastic. Or keep it simple with chocolate chips. Give it your own spin!
But be warned: my giant cookie pies (yes, plural) were gone before Easter was even halfway over. Share with caution. ;)
Happy Easter, friends! I hope you and yours are feelin’ the love this spring season! xoxo
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla
- 1 cup wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 6 mini Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs
- 1 cup Reese's Pieces Eggs
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9-inch pie pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until melted, about 1 minute on high. Let cool for 2 minutes, then add sugar, peanut butter and vanilla, mixing well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk flour with baking soda and salt. Add to peanut butter mixture and mix until just combined.
- Spread batter into prepared pie pan. Press the larger peanut butter eggs into cookie dough, then fill in around them with the Reese's Pieces eggs. Be generous - you want a mouthful of peanut butter in every bite!
- Bake pie for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. The edges will be slightly crispy and the center will still be very soft.
- Cool for 1 hour before carefully slicing into 8 pieces. If you need to speed up the cooling process, let the pie sit in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes.
The sky's the limit with candy in this giant cookie! I also like using the white chocolate Reese's eggs for Easter, and just about every kind of M&M under the sun is also yummy inside the peanut butter dough!