Thanks Harry! (B. Reese, that is)
If you are of a certain age, you probably remember the old TV commercial for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups where two people, one enjoying a chocolate bar and the other enjoying peanut butter, bump into each other on a street corner. The chocolate bar ends up in the peanut butter and one of the tastiest flavor combos was born. This is not really how it happened.
According to information available on Hershey Community Archive, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were invented in 1928 by Pennsylvania native Harry Burnett ("H.B.") Reese. Mr. Reese founded his candy company in Hershey, Pennsylvania in order to support his family. Mr. Reese's company made many different kinds of chocolates in addition to the peanut butter cup. However, World War II made obtaining various ingredients very difficult. So Mr. Reese made the decision to produce only one product - the peanut butter cup. Mr. Reese died suddenly in 1956 while a new manufacturing facility was under construction. In 1963, Mr. Reese's company was sold to the Hershey Chocolate Corporation which continues to produce the beloved Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
I have always been a fan of the chocolate and peanut butter combination. Confession: Reese's cups are always the last candy into the Halloween treat basket (sorry kids) simply because I want to keep them for myself. Anyway, I have two cookie recipes which celebrate this flavor combo that I want to share with you today.
Both of these cookie recipes are available on King Arthur Flour's website. I have them both bookmarked in my online recipe box. The first cookie is a chocolate peanut butter cookie which is studded with mini peanut butter cups. The mini cups used in these cookies are quite small indeed; a little larger than a standard chocolate chip. The chocolate coating on the mini cup melts into the cookie and the peanut butter center left behind holds its shape and give the finished cookie delightful peanut butter pockets. Yum!
The second cookie is a flourless peanut butter cookie with chocolate chips. Yes flourless! So people who are following a gluten free life style rejoice! Here's a peanut butter cookie that you can enjoy! These cookies are super easy to mix up with just a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
Thank you Harry B. Reese for inventing the peanut butter cup!!