Memorial Day Sweets: Peanut Butter Doodles

By: Arlene Bronstein

25 years ago, I teamed with COOKIE STAGMAN to write the cookbook Beautiful Buffets. It was a collection of Cookie’s delicious recipes that she prepared for fashion markets. The book was a big success, with three printings. Today, we have reissued that book calling it, Beautiful Buffets, II, with 40 New Recipes. It is available on Amazon and Barnes and You will love this cookbook because it is quick and easy! The recipe that follows is my very favorite “go-to”! My grandkids love to help me make it. They are great at unwrapping and forming the dough-balls. Fun to make and delicious to eat! These are sure to become your favorites, too!


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 9-ounce bags mini peanut butter cups
  • mini muffin pans
  • mini muffin papers

Combine butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Mix well. Add the flour, baking powder and baking soda and blend well.

Spray mini muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray. Take a teaspoonful of dough and shape it in a ball. Press lightly into muffin tins. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven until light brown. Remove from oven and press 1 mini peanut butter cup into the middle of each muffin. Cool in the refrigerator and then remove from tins. Place in paper cups.

Freezes well.

Yield: 40

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In 1989, Arlene Bronstein wrote her first cookbook BEAUTIFUL BUFFETS, featuring many of the celebrated American Fashion designers. Her next cookbook, CARLOS: Contemporary French Cuisine was written for Carlos Restaurant, one of Zagut’s top Chicago restaurants, featured in Food and Wine Magazine and many other fine culinary publications. Arlene’s book, My Word Is My Bond, is a history of the Chicago Board of Trade told through 21 interviews of traders ages 40 -90. From that book, she took on the role of Executive Producer for the PBS documentary, “My Word is My Bond”, using clips from her book interviews to tell the story.  In 2013, Arlene wrote her first children’s book, How Did Nonnie Get to Heaven? The Chicago Tribune said, Nonnieconveys through exquisite imagery and the pure expression of children, that death and loss are natural parts of life.”  In the fall of 2014, BEAUTIFUL BUFFETS, II was published with 40 new recipes.