Thursday, June 10, 2010

Dark Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

I've been seeing a lot of peanut butter and chocolate recipes lately. It seems like everyone has caught the bug that I so graciously accepted a long time ago. Peanut butter and chocolate is a match made in heaven, and once again, it's proven to be my favorite combination.

Usually with Amie and me, Thursday night is cake night, but what's a rule if it can't be broken? Our other friend Lizzy was over and--prepare yourselves-- she doesn't like chocolate. That rules out brownies. After an assessment of the ingredients at Amie's house, we decided that cookies were the answer, but instead of the go-to chocolate chip recipe, we branched out a little, and just went with it.
Peanut butter cookies are good because they can stand alone (for Liz!). Peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips in them are great because it tastes like a mellow peanut butter cup with a buttery bite and a richer chocolate. Therefore, this recipe is good for chocoholics and weirdos alike. I mean, not weirdos...just non-chocolate lovers.

What ya need:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chips

What ya do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy (I love this part). Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Add the egg and mix well. Add the milk and the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly. Stir in the chocolate chips. (If you have a non-chocolate eating friend, reserve some of the dough aside)
3. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets, leaving enough room for them to spread...they will!
4, Bake for 10 to 12 minutes and make sure not to overbake. They are ready even if they don't look like it.

This recipe was perfect with a tall glass of milk...betcha can't have just one!

 On a side note, the cutest thing happened today. I've been training this guy at the fitness center for a few weeks and today he brought me a loaf of bread from Great Harvest Bread Company to thank me!! How did he know I would love this awesome little gift? It was a lovely round 100% whole grain bread with a small scent of honey and that chewy texture only achievable from a bread hot out of the oven. I died when he gave it to me. Some people in the fitness center probably thought it was weird, but I think he got it right on the money.

Random but worth sharing. Hope everyone has a nice weekend!


Monet said...

What a sweet gift! I would love for someone to bring me a loaf of bread. And you cookies look yummy. Like your friend, I'm not the biggest fan of chocolate. I would much rather have just plain peanut butter...crazy, I know!

Chef Dennis Littley said...

I have to say those cookies look like something you would consume by the plateful with large glasses of milk....peanut butter and chocolate is a marriage made in heaven!
thanks so much for sharing!

The Chocolate Priestess said...

I love darker chocolate with peanut butter as long as the peanut butter is a bit sweet. Good recipe and what a nice client you have.

Lilli said...

Those cookies look delicious (so does that bread btw)! Those would be dangerous in my house. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Roxan said...

Wow, these look so delicious. How many did you eat right out of the oven? i know you're not supposed to do that, but i ALWAYS do. I think they that's when they taste the best. :)

Jason Phelps said...

These cookies are dangerous!

Well done. Funny story about the bread. Some gifts are better than others.


Mary Bergfeld said...

Jessie, these really do look wonderful and I'm so glad you enjoyed the bread you were given. I've spent some time here this morning reading your earlier posts. I really like the recipes you feature and I love the overall tone of your blog. I definitely will be back. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Cook with Madin said...

I love that you used dark chocolate, I prefer them more than milk chocolate. This will be heaven for my husband, he loves peanut butter and chocolate. Thank you for sharing.

The Housewife said...

I agree with you... I seem to be seeing chocolate and peanut butter combinations every where! But I'm not complaining! The cookies look very delectable...

Magic of Spice said...

Jessie, I think I gain weight every time I visit you here...If I were not already addicted I may have to give it up, but I am so...:) Delicious!

Aaron John said...

These cookies look really good! I haven't made peanut butter cookies before. I might try this :)
Would you mind checking out my blog? :D

Jean said...

Wow, those cookies look great. I would definitely go for the ones with the chocolate chips!