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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | www.tasteandtellblog.com

I don’t know how some women do it. Those that have lots of children to run everywhere, those that work outside of the home and have to still come home and be a mom – I am in constant awe of these women. Being a mom is a busy job. That is why I am such an advocate of simple, fast meals. If you are a regular reader, you will know that the majority of the recipes I feature here on my blog are fast, weeknight meal ideas. That is why I was so excited when I was contacted for this cookbook giveaway. If you are a busy mom, or if you just need some ideas to get dinner on the table easier, this is the book for you!
Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, written by Jane Doiron, is your solution for saving time in the kitchen. Not only does she offer ways to save time prepping and cooking your meals, but she also includes information on freezing and reheating meals. I don’t know about you, but meals that I have frozen ahead of time have saved me more than once!

Want to win a copy of Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms? Today is your lucky day! You have 4 ways to enter:

  • Go to the Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms website and look through the table of contents for the book. Then come back here and comment about which recipe you’d like to make.
  • Check out the Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms blog. Either subscribe to her blog or add her button to your blog, then come back here and let me know that you have done that.
  • Follow Taste and Tell. You can subscribe via a reader, on the follow button on the side of my blog, or follow me on Facebook. If you are already subscribed, just leave a comment to let me know.
  • Tell someone about this giveaway. This could be on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or you can stumble this post.

Make sure you come back and leave a separate comment for each entry! Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents. The giveaway will go until Thursday, January 14th at 11:59pm Mountain time and the winner will be announced on Friday, January 15th.

Now onto the cookies! Although they aren’t from the cookbook, they do come from the Make-Ahead Meals for Moms blog. I saw them there and knew that I needed to try them! And I’m so glad I did. If you are a chocolate lover, you will LOVE this recipe. And if this recipe is an indication of the recipes in the cookbook, I know it will be a great cookbook to own!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
from Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms blog

2 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups flour
1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8.5 oz. bag mini peanut butter cups (I would add more than this if possible.)

1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over low heat, stirring occasionally until smooth.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

4. On low speed, add the melted chocolate and dry ingredients. Stir in the chopped peanut butter cups.

5. Cover the mixing bowl and let stand (at room temperature) for 30-45 minutes so the chocolate will set up.

6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.

7. Roll the dough into a ball using a rounded tablespoon of dough. Place the dough on the sheet pan 2-inches apart.

8. Bake the cookies 10-11 minutes. The cookies will be very soft in the middle but will set up when cooled. If you bake them 12 minutes or longer, they will be hard the next day.

9. Cool the cookies on the sheet pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.

This recipe makes about 68 cookies.

~Make-Ahead Tip~

Shape the dough into balls. Place them on a sheet pan and cover with plastic wrap. Place the sheet pan in the freezer for 2 – 3 hours. Fill a labeled freezer bag with the frozen dough. Remove as much air as possible and seal tightly. Write the baking directions on the bag. Freeze up to 2 months.

When you’re ready to make the cookies, place the dough on lined cookie sheets and thaw at room temperature for 45 – 60 minutes. Bake as directed.

**Giveaway is being sponsored by Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms

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161 Responses to Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms Giveaway and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

  1. Laura says:

    I think the recipe for Italian Restaurant Chicken looks and sounds good. I also subscribed as a reader to Make ahead Meals for Busy Moms!

  2. Beth says:

    Stuffed Cornish Hens sound pretty interesting!

  3. slush says:

    I'd love to try the Baked Manicotti. Its my husbands favorite italian dish but I have never made it!

  4. slush says:

    Also posted this on my FB! Thanks!

  5. EJacks says:

    I'd like to try the Thai Chicken Thighs. 🙂

  6. EJacks says:

    I follow your blog in Google Reader!

  7. Darsi says:

    Chicken and spinach stuffed shells sounds like something I would love to try! Thanks for the chance.

  8. EJacks says:

    I am subscribed to Make-Ahead Meals through Google Reader.

  9. teresa says:

    Tough call between the Chicken Cannelloni and the Chicken Stroganoff.

  10. teresa says:

    I am already a subscriber to Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms blog and to the Taste and Tell blog, both via a reader. I am always looking for new and easy meals that either I can make in a rush after work or that my 15yo son can make after school.

  11. Valerie says:

    I'm already a follower of your yummy blog. I would love to find some quick recipes so I checked out the book and blog. The picture of the blueberry bread on the table of contents jumped right out at me. I'm hungry for some breakfast and that sounds perfect right now! But I guess I'm off to eat whatever we have instead now.

  12. Brit and Heath says:

    Every single thing on the breakfast menu sounds delicious but I would really like a nice quick blueberry bread and quiche recipe. This is a great idea for a cookbook.

  13. Brit and Heath says:

    Every single thing on the breakfast menu sounds delicious but I would really like a nice quick blueberry bread and quiche recipe. This is a great idea for a cookbook.

  14. Whitney says:

    The Taco Dip sounds good!

  15. Whitney says:

    Subscriber via feed.

  16. Frieda says:

    I'm a follower~

  17. Frieda says:

    I would love to try the quiche…yum!

  18. Kim says:

    Your peanut butter chocolate chip cookies sound like heaven! I went through the table of contents and buffalo chicken dip jumped out at me right away. Another one that sounds good is chicken stroganoff. It makes me curious! This looks like a wonderful book loaded with delicious recipes and is a great giveaway. I might check it out even if I don't win ;D

  19. Kim says:

    P.S. I'm also an avid follower;D

  20. Monica says:

    I am a follower on facebook

  21. Monica says:

    I would try to make thai chicken or italian restaurant chicken

  22. Monica says:

    I have put button on my page too, and will make a post on the giveaways on my page

  23. Tessa says:

    Baked chicken chimichangas, taco lasanga… all the mexican themed recipes sound amazing. I'm not a mom yet. However, I am a full time student (pharmacy school for both of us) trying to feed my husband and myself, so any time saving recipes are always great! Thanks!

  24. Lynn says:

    Oh my! They all sound and look SO good!

    I think would make the stuffed mushrooms since I have a whole bag in my fridge I need to use up.

  25. Maria says:

    I need to check out this book. Love the cookies! A few Italian dishes sound good…and the breakfast ones!

  26. Lynn says:

    I've added busy mom's button to my blog!

  27. Lynn says:

    I am a follower of your blog here! Thanks!

  28. mindy says:

    the spinach stuffed shells thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

  29. Rebecca says:

    I fan a fan on Facebook and love your blog!

  30. Rebecca says:

    I am a fan on Facebook and love your blog!!

  31. Jody says:

    I would like to try the zucchini squares…I love zucchini! Jody in Toronto

  32. Ms. Mini says:

    would love to try steak fajitas.

  33. Matt & Heidi says:

    ooooh! the zucchini squares or the twist on Chicken Marsala sounds interesting! Thanks!

  34. Matt & Heidi says:

    ooooh! the zucchini squares or the twist on Chicken Marsala sounds interesting! Thanks!

  35. cdziuba says:

    I like the Chicken Parmesan. cdziuba@aol.com My email is easily seen in my profile

  36. cdziuba says:

    follow on Facebook Carol P Dziuba

  37. Janet says:

    I've added the busy mom's blog to my bookmarks and will be following it now!

  38. Ruth E says:

    Hi Deborah!

    It's been a while since I've been around the blogosphere! How are ya? Loving the look of your blog these days, and a great recipe here too!

    Hoping to follow my subscribed feeds a bit better now so I should be popping in every now and again for a hello!


  39. Tracy says:

    I looked through the table of contents and want to make the BBQ Country Ribs/ Pulled Pork. Sounds good and if it's quick and easy, then I really need the recipe!

  40. Tracy says:

    I am already a follower on Reader!

  41. Tracy says:

    I have spread the word about this giveaway!

  42. Darius T. Williams says:

    Those cookies sound amazing! Yup, I too don't know how moms do it! That's what makes a mom simply amazing!

  43. The Malko's says:

    I want the recipe for the stuffed beef tenderloin!


  44. fourkidsmom says:

    I think the Chicken and Spinach Tortellini Soup sounds wonderful. Absolutely love soup. Also I have been a follower of your blog for a long time now, just hiding in the shadows and enjoying your recipes.


  45. MontyFam says:

    I'm a fan of yours on facebook

  46. MontyFam says:

    I would like to try the Thai Chicken Thighs. I'm trying to branch out a bit and try cooking with other parts of the chicken and not just the breast meat!

  47. MontyFam says:

    I have subscribed to the "Make Ahead Meals" blog

  48. Natalie says:

    i'd love to try the Cranberry Scones!

  49. Julie says:

    The zucchini apple bread sounds awesome.

  50. Julie says:

    I just subscribed to her blog in my google reader.

  51. Julie says:

    I also subscribe to your blog in google reader.

  52. Debbie says:

    I'd love to try the stuffed mushrooms.

  53. Puppydogs says:

    oh the Rhubarb Streusel Bread sounds good. Hubby does not like rhubarb but I do so maybe the streusel will make it sweet enough for him :)!

  54. Andrew's Mom says:

    Thai Chicken Thighs

  55. Victoria says:

    Pork Florentine sounds good! Thanks. utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

  56. Sook says:

    What a nice blog you have! I'm so glad I found it. 🙂

  57. Victoria says:

    Following on google friend connect

  58. Jinxy says:

    I want to try the Bruschetta

  59. Jinxy says:

    I'm following her blog

  60. Jinxy says:

    I'm following your blog

  61. Allison says:

    All the recipes sound delicious, I am torn between 2 recipes. Since my huband is italian and loves pasta I would choose chicken canneloni or taco lasagna first!

  62. Wendy says:

    Heard about this from my sister and love your blog. I told my 3 best girlfriends about your giveaway but I hope I win!

  63. Wendy says:

    added to my googlereader as of NOW! but I have so much catching up to do on your blog after just finding you 🙂 Hope I win!

  64. Wendy says:

    I want to try Chicken Cannolloni but I'm scared. Is it really that easy. If I don't win this book I have to buy it anyway! Brilliant!

  65. rachel wang says:

    i subscribed!

  66. rachel wang says:

    i would make mini pecan pie muffins–what a combination!

  67. Anonymous says:

    I would love to make the Taco Lasagna. It sounds really good.

    I just started reading your blog a couple of months ago. The pictures are amazing and make me want to cook for my family. Thanks

    Tracy (Canada)


  68. sleepdprived says:

    Mmm, Chicken Tortellini Tetrazzini, definietly.

  69. LittleEagle says:

    I would make the zuchhini squares as something new to do with zuchhini. sharonaquilino at hotmail dot com

  70. Gwyn says:

    I would make either the baked chicken chimichangas or chicken enchiladas! I just love them!!

  71. Anonymous says:

    The Thai chicken thighs sound grea (but I would use chicken breasts).


  72. ThreadHead says:

    I would love to make the Pork Florentine or the Chicken and Spinach Tortellini soup.

    I follow your blog and also became a fan on Facebook.

    I've also subscibed to the Make-Ahead Meals blog. Thanks for the tip!

  73. cmjhawaii says:

    I would love to make the chicken marsala with a twist.

  74. cmjhawaii says:

    I just subscribed to the blog.

  75. cmjhawaii says:

    I am already a devoted follower of Tast & Tell!

  76. Becca says:

    Of course I'm a follower of Taste & Tell.

    I will be a follower of her blog too (and will be adding the button to my blog).

    I am always searching for new dinner ideas, especially fast ones.

  77. Amy says:

    I'm now a follower of your blog!

  78. Amy says:

    I'm also a follower of Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms!

  79. Nickolay says:

    The Italian Wedding Soup sounds awesome


  80. Janell says:

    Mmmm, I'd try the honey mustard chicken fingers or the some cinnamon bread right away!!

  81. Kelly says:

    I am subscribed to your blog

  82. suri says:

    the mini cheesecakes look devine

  83. suri says:

    i am a follower on facebook

  84. suri says:

    i told my family about this lovely blog

  85. Julie D says:

    I'd like to try Shepherds pie.

  86. Julie D says:

    Following sponsor's blog

  87. Julie D says:

    Following your blog

  88. Mia J. says:

    I would like to try the baked manicoti.

  89. Jessica says:

    I'd like to try making the honey mustard chicken fingers.

    sundaygirl at gmail dot com

  90. Jessica says:

    I'm a Google follower.

    sundaygirl at gmail dot com

  91. bison61 says:

    I'd like to try the Penuche Fudge recipe

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

  92. Jennifer says:

    The Taco Lasagna sounds really good!


  93. MelADramatic Mommy says:

    We eat a lot of chicken. There's a Cordon Bleu recipe I'd like to try and enchiladas.

  94. MelADramatic Mommy says:

    I've got you in my reader.

  95. mayasmom23 says:

    Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells os what I would make

  96. mayasmom23 says:

    I am following Make Ahead Meals for busy moms

  97. mayasmom23 says:

    I follow you on facebook

  98. twentyxfragments says:

    Mmmm… tiramisu. I want to try that sooo bad.

  99. Erin says:

    We've been looking for more meals using spinach, so I would love to make; Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells. Though a lot of it sounds yummy. 🙂

  100. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to try the mushroom burgers!

  101. Elizabeth says:

    I subscribed to the Make-Ahead Meals blog!

  102. Elizabeth says:

    I subscribed to your blog, Taste & Tell.

  103. Amy S. says:

    The chicken and spinach stuffed shells sounds delish!

  104. Amy S says:

    I'm a follower of your awesome blog.

  105. Amy S. says:

    And now i am also a follower of make ahead meals blog. Thanks!

  106. Bombtastic Belle says:

    id love to do the baked chicken chimichangas

  107. Linda says:

    I would like to try Jane's recipe for chicken enchilada. Yum!

  108. Lori says:

    Italian wedding soup sounds delcious!

  109. katskitchen says:

    Cranberry Scones — I just bought cranberries for some cookies and I've always wanted to makes scones!

  110. Jennifer says:

    I'd like to try the Panko Breaded Pork Medallions

  111. Jennifer says:

    I have the Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms button in my blog: http://whateverandbeyond.blogspot.com

  112. Jennifer says:

    I subscribe via email and follow via google friend connect

  113. Christy says:

    I would make the Rhubarb Streusel Bread; I love rhubarb!

  114. Kathy D says:

    I'd like to try the Mini Pecan Pie Muffins, but everything looks delicious!

  115. PheMom says:

    I probably really need this book soon! I'm trying to start thinking about stashing meals in the freezer for when the baby gets here. Great giveaway idea! I think the Chicken Tortellini Tettrazini sounds delicious and intriguing.

  116. Darcy says:

    The BBQ Pepper Jack Chicken sounds good!

  117. Darcy says:

    I subscribe via email!

  118. Veronica M. says:

    I subscribe to your blog by email!

  119. katklaw777 says:

    I'd like to try the meatballs & gravy for the slowcooker. katklaw777 at yahoo dot com Thanks.

  120. Wendy says:

    Have make ahead meals button

  121. katklaw777 says:

    I subscribe.

  122. Wendy says:

    Want to try steak fajitas..love em!

  123. Wendy says:

    Following you on facebook

  124. The Queen of Quite a Lot says:

    The Chicken Tortellini Tettrazzini sounds interesting!

  125. The Queen of Quite a Lot says:

    I've also subscribed to the busy moms blog.

  126. The Queen of Quite a Lot says:

    And I'm following you too!

  127. amy says:

    I think all of the breads look really good and the quiche. I would benefit the most from make ahead breakfasts.

  128. amy says:

    I'm a subscriber in reader

  129. Melissa says:

    I'm a follower and I love your blog! I've tried several of your recipes and this Thursday plan to make the Chocolate Paenut Butter Cookies from Make ahead Meals for Busy Moms.

  130. Heidi says:

    I would love to try and make the Italian Wedding Soup!

  131. Heidi says:

    I have Jane's button.

  132. Heidi says:

    I follow taste and tell.

  133. Beyond A Mommy says:

    Just when I thought I couldn't love your blog anymore than I already do! 🙂 I would like to make the Broiled Honey Mustard Salmon recipe….mmmmm – always looking for some good fish recipes for my family!

  134. Barney and Shelby says:

    The baked chicken chimis sound yummy! Thanks!

  135. Vicky says:

    I am already a follower of your great blog.

  136. Trisha says:

    I would love to try the stir fried asparagus!

  137. Trisha says:

    I subscribed to her blog.

  138. Trisha says:

    I'm following you also! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  139. Wendi P says:

    I really want to try the Chicken Marsala with a Twist recipe.

  140. Wendi P says:

    I suscribed to Jane's blog via google reader.

  141. Annie says:

    My kids love eggs and seafood so I'd probably try the seafood quiche for my first recipe. There are many that wouldn't be far behind, though!

  142. Sheena Larkin says:

    Thai Chicken Thighs and Taco Lasagna sound good to me!

  143. Megan says:

    Im a subscriber 🙂

  144. Megan says:

    I think Meatballs and Gravy in the crock pot would be yummy. Crock pots are the best!

  145. Megan says:

    And now Im a subscriber to Busy Moms 🙂 Thanks!

  146. RPH says:

    I added the busy moms button to my blog. Thanks!

  147. RPH says:

    Any of her side/vegetables dishes sound great! But we are big lentil fans, so I would like to try the sausage lentil soup.

  148. RPH says:

    I also posted on my blog. Thanks!


  149. Jon, Launa, & boys says:

    I would like to try Baked Chicken Chimichangas, sounds yum! Thanks.

  150. Jon, Launa, & boys says:

    I would like to try Baked Chicken Chimichangas, sounds yum! Thanks.

  151. Colleen says:

    I would like to try the recipe for Italian Restaurant Chicken. My fiancé is Italian, and the recipe and photo look terrific!

  152. warnett says:

    I would love to try the chicken piccata! It looks simply yummy

  153. Pawsitively Dawgs says:

    Would love to try the Chicken Piccata recipe!

  154. Brooke says:

    The Hawaiian Bread would be my first recipe to try.

  155. bargaingirl says:

    I would like try the Cornish Hen recipe…..thanks for the giveaway!

  156. Alison says:

    Chicken Chimichangas! I love those!!

  157. Alison says:

    I also follow her blog!

  158. Alison says:

    Now, I'm following your blog!

  159. Monica H says:

    I want to make her pecan pie bars because I just saw them on another blog and they looked so good!

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