Peanut Butter Butterfinger Skull Cookies start with a soft and chewy from scratch peanut butter cookie then are topped with a spooky, decorated Butterfinger Peanut Butter Skull Cup. Perfect for any Halloween party!
We spent the weekend a little under the weather. It started with Bob, then moved to Julia, then hit Rosie.
Knock on wood, I’m still holding out, but we’ll see what this week holds.
Peanut Butter Butterfinger Skull Cookies
I escaped the germs on Saturday morning and made a solo trip to Walmart. I picked up some essentials then wandered in the Halloween candy aisle.
I grabbed a bag of the Butterfinger Peanut Butter Skull Cups and some crunchy peanut butter. I figured they would pair perfectly with a chewy peanut butter cookie.
I also swung by the baking aisle and picked up several different colored decorating icings.
I got home, whipped up the cookie dough, and while it was chilling in the fridge, Julia and I started decorating the skulls. You can skew them creepy or cute, depending on how you decorate them.
Here are Julia’s. She was so excited to decorate them.
Once the cookies were baked and slightly cooled, I pressed a Peanut Butter Skull into the top of each.
If you don’t wait for them to cool enough, you end up with the melty skull on the right. Still cute, right? Julia wanted to add bows to some of them to make them girls.
I think they’d be the perfect addition to any Halloween party. If you don’t feel like making the cookies from scratch, you can use a mix or one of those pre-made refrigerated roll of cookie dough.
Pick up a coupon for $0.75 off a bag of the Butterfinger Peanut Butter Skull Cups at Walmart – making them dangerously affordable. I picked up a couple bags.
Tips for making these Peanut Butter Butterfinger Skull Cookies a success:
- Use colored decorating icing to decorate the Butterfinger Peanut Butter Skulls.
- You can pick up a peanut butter cookie mix or use pre-made dough if you’re looking for a shortcut.
- You need to use a large scoop of dough to make room for the skulls. I used a medium cookie scoop and did one and a half scoops (approximately 1.5 Tablespoons).
- Wait for your cookies to cool to room temp before you press in the peanut butter skulls or you’ll end up with melty skeletons.
- 1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
- 1 1/4 cup peanut butter I used 1 cup crunchy, 1/4 cup creamy - use whichever combo you want
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 25 Butterfinger Peanut Butter Skull Cups
- colored icing for decorating optional
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, and sugars.
- Beat in the eggs and vanilla until smooth.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In thirds, pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring between each addition.
- Cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge to chill for at least an hour.
- While the dough is chilling, use the colored icings to decorate the skull cups.
- When ready, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Scoop dough (approx. 1.5 Tablespoons) into a ball and roll between your hands. Press them down with the palm of your hand to flatten. They will be large so only do 9 per pan.
- Bake for 8-9 minutes or until golden.
- Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature.
- Once cooled, press a decorated Butterfinger Peanut Butter Skull Cup into each.
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