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Salted Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookies

Salted Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookies

butterscotch peanut butter cookies

Peanut butter and butterscotch may sound like an odd combination, but once you taste these two together you will understand. The nuttiness of the peanut butter, the warm buttery flavor of butterscotch, combined with the added saltiness form the sea salt flakes that offset the sweet butterscotch, is worth every bite.

This flavor combination has been on my idea list for a long time. I actually made these cookies a couple years ago and never got around to blogging them. I've been on winter break this past month and have had more time to do things like organize cabinets and bake and cook more. When I found a bag of butterscotch chips hiding away in the cupboard, I knew I had to make these cookies again! 

I used my Peanut Butter Cookie recipe, and added butterscotch chips and a sprinkling of sea salt flakes for added depth of flavor. In my original peanut butter cookie recipe I say to bake the cookies for 11-13 minutes, but these I went for 10 minutes. When you take them out they're puffy and look very unfinished. But letting them settle and cool on the pan lets the centers bake a little more, giving you the softest cookies all the way through. I can't stop eating them! I sent some to work with my husband because I can't trust myself around them. 

butterscotch peanut butter cookies
butterscotch peanut butter cookies
butterscotch peanut butter cookies
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Salted Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookies
Soft and chewy peanut butter cookies with butterscotch chips and sea salt flakes.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (plus more for sprinkling on top) salt
  • 2/3 cup butterscotch chips
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Beat together peanut butter, butter, and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat to combine. In a small bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add all the dry ingredients at once and mix slowly for a few seconds before adding the butterscotch chips. Mix just until dry ingredients are incorporated. Prepare a cookie sheet with non-stick spray or parchment paper. Scoop cookie dough into tablespoon-sized balls and bake 6 or 8 at a time for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven after about 10 minutes. Cookies will look under-baked, but leave them on the cookie sheet to settle and to allow the centers to continue to bake.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 dozen cookies
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