Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

By: Christy

For some reason this week I was craving peanut butter. I can usually refrain from my cravings because if I don't buy it, it's out of sight, out of mind. I have a personal rule for my house...I only allow peanut butter in my house for baking specific recipes because if it's there I WILL eat it. So unlike all my other ingredients I buy in mass quantity at Costco: Sugar, Eggs, Flour, Chocolate Chips, Vanilla, etc..... I make a special trip to the local grocery store for peanut butter and buy the smallest jar they have to ensure the left overs from a recipe are minimal.

Even with the thoughts of engagement pictures and my upcoming nuptials, I couldn't budge this craving this week, especially since this week's theme was cookies! Peanut Butter in cookies always ensure a super moist texture to the cookie, which I love! So I caved and made Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies this week!

I used a small cookie scoop to make these cookies bite sized. The cookie holds it shape well so if you want them to be flatter, flatten the cookie dough with a fork, like a traditional peanut butter cookie. The recipe made about 45 small cookies. I took them to a dinner party and they were gone by the end of the night. So in my mind, that means they were a great success!

11 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light in color and slightly fluffy. Beat in eggs. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, and salt and slowly add those dry ingredients with the liquid ingredients. Add peanut butter and beat until well incorporated.

Stir in the chocolate and peanut butter chips. Using a cookie scoop, portion out cookies and bake until lightly browned around the edges. My oven took about 8 minutes.

Adapted from Poet in the Pantry

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