Friday, June 18, 2010

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I’ve had peanut butter on my mind lately. I’ve mixed it through my oatmeal and used it in these granola bars. That is not even to count the times in between I’ve it spread on a slice of warm toast to accompany some tea. I love its comforting familiarity…its unfancy goodness. Peanut butter…really…sometimes one need not look far afield for gastronomic treasures.

I was chatting online with my friend M (lovely M of the Moomin chopsticks) and she mentioned that she had made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and everyone at her workplace loved it. Just take your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe and add chocolate chips she said. Shamefully, I had no such favorite peanut butter cookie recipe.

That had to change.

Flush in peanut butter love, I searched the web for a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe and this is what I came across. I’m so glad I did.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
(from Canary Girl)

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

- Cream butter and both sugars until creamy, then add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.
- Add the peanut butter and continue to beat until combined.
- Add flour, baking powder, and salt and stir to combine.
- Add chips and stir again.
- Drop small spoonfuls of dough onto parchment (you should get a dozen per sheet).
- Bake in a pre-heated 375F oven on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let them rest on the cookie sheet for one minute before removing to cool on a wire rack. Do not over-bake them. They may seem a little underdone but they will continue to cook outside the oven.

As you can imagine, peanut butter being so well loved, a marriage between it and chocolate chips would most likely be exponentially wonderful. It is. There are a lot of recipes out there but what I like about this one, aside from it's deliciousness, is its simplicity. It is a snap to make and yields so much more than the efforts you put in. I recommend you have them freshly baked when they are still soft and warm at their centers, and a glass of cold milk alongside is all you need to reach some sort of childhood-food nirvana. Like Reese’s peanut butter cups in cookie form. They are still good the following days although a bit crisper around the edges. I used sweet & creamy peanut butter and I think this made my batch a tad too sweet. I’ll stick with regular creamy next time. You can use any type of peanut butter you prefer, so if you like crunchy go ahead and use that. I am a strictly creamy peanut butter girl :)

I’m wondering if I may soon reach the end of my peanut butter rope. Will I wake up one day to find I’ve tired of my old friend? I sincerely hope not! It’s such a dependable pick-me-up and never fails to improve my disposition. Whoever said you can’t buy happiness was in looking in the wrong jar ;)

37 comments:

Irene said...

I love peanut butter cookies! But sadly, I don't have a recipe either as I never keep enough peanut butter at home to make them... I think that has to change, like immediately!

Iska said...

I need to get back into the mood for baking... those cookies look so yummy! Like my son, I love peanut butter, too.

domesticgoddess said...

Love Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies- a suggestion for you- try making your recipe with Lily's peanut butter if you don't already. I used to use imported Skippy , Peter Pan etc. but when I tried the Lily peanut butter, we all agreed that they were the best we have made! I would have to say that it's probably due to the oil content of the Lily PB that gives these cookies such a nice consistency. Just play with the sugar quantities so they are not overly sweet.

Anh said...

Uhm... I have made peanut butter cookies, not with choc yet. But like you said, that can change :)

MeetaK said...

i have not had peanut butter in ages! i think i need to change that now. they look great!

The French said...

Sounds delicious! Peanut butter and chocolate is one of the best combinations. I secretly don't trust people who disagree:)

Loshini said...

omg. thanks for sharing :)

baking.serendipity said...

These look so simple and delicious! We stock up on peanut butter all the time at Costco, so I love running across peanut butter recipes :)

Margaux Salcedo said...

Penge!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Irene! Heehee! I know what you mean...this recipe is easy and good :) I always have peanut butter here and get panicky when I start running out!

Hi Iska! I’m praying that my little girl will love peanut butter as much as me :)

Hello Domestic Goddess! Ah yes! I’ve always preferred local peanut butter over imported. For these cookies I used Lady’s Choice but next time I’ll try Lily’s (which is also my default peanut butter for sandwiches...so rich!) :) Thanks for the tip!

Hi Anh! Hope you get to try it out! :) It’s a wonderful combination!

Hi Meeta! Thanks! Hope you like them :)

Hi The French! Haha! Yes, hard to believe right?

Hi Loshimi! Glad you enjoyed reading :)

Hi Baking Serendipity! Ah, another peanut butter stocker like me :)

Hi Margaux! Sure! :)

Mom-Friday said...

I haven't even tried doin your peanut butter granola and here you are again with these sinnnnfulll PB cookies! :)

Anonymous said...

It's so special how simply bringing cookies to the workplace brightens people's day. It's the little things like that that make life life.

Tv Food and Drink said...

Surefire winner!

Joanie said...

perfect combination indeed! I love peanut butter and this is one heck of a combination..

Ellen said...

These look DIVINE! I am a huge PB/choc ice cream fan, so I know I would l-o-v-e these! Mmm...now I want PB chocolate cookies for dinner :)

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ChichaJo said...

Hello Mom-Friday! I’m on a peanut butter roll :)

Hi Anonymous! I agree…good things are meant to be shared :)

Thanks Gary!

Hi Joanie! I love this combo!

Hi Ellen! Thanks! Nothing wrong with cookies for dinner ;)

Trissa said...

Hi Jo! I admit, I also didn't have a favourite recipe... until now! They do look yummy - and surely they are super rich and gooey - right?! Yum!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Trissa! They are! Although as you get to the 2nd and 3rd day they become crisper...

Midge said...

Peanut butter cookies were actually the first thing I could bake properly, so these brought some bittersweet memories to mind.

Peanut butter and chocolate chip is such a nice combo. (And now, your post just made me feel like baking...)

chefyoji said...

this looks great. It can trigger uncontrollable craving for peanut butter.

Katrina said...

I lurrrrve peanut butter, as you know, and my cupboard, sadly lacking as it is in many other ingredients, is never without PB. And PB + chocolate is my fave combo! It's my sister's, too, which is why she is constantly baking one Choc-PB dessert after another. (My favorite being the ultra-rich, mega-heavy Choc.-PB Cake from Smitten Kitchen.) Lucky me! :-D

♡u8mypinkc00kies♡ said...

Oh yummy!! :D

Jessica said...

This recipe looks easy to memorize. Peanut butter cookies have always been my favorite and then you add chocolate...delicious!

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ChichaJo said...

Hi Midge! This is the first time I’ve made them but definitely not my last…a great combo indeed! :)

Hi Chef Yoji! I always have an uncontrollable craving for peanut butter, trigger or no!

Hi Katrina! I get nervous when my peanut butter supply runs low! OMG…must make that cake!

Thanks pinkcookies! ;)

Hi Jessica! This combination is truly a winner!

Katrina said...

I have always preferred the American brands of peanut butter (Skippy, Peter Pan, JIF), because that's what I grew up with. I find the local commercial ones (Lady's Choice) too bland and dry, and the Lily's too oily. I had mistakenly thought that the fact the oil separated, and had to be stirred in, meant it was cheap and very bad for you. It was only in recent years that I learned that meant Lily's was all-natural and actually healthier. Because of Domestic Goddess's comment, I decided to buy a small jar of Lily's and try it again. I used it in oatmeal...Joey, it made it sooo much more indulgent and delicious! Because it's oilier and creamier, it didn't dry up the oatmeal like the regular PB did (therefore forcing me to add milk to thin it down). And the PB taste was richer. Plus, since it already has sugar, I don't add honey anymore. Yes, using Lily's makes my oatmeal MUCH more fattening, but the comfort I derived from it is well worth it. I'll still stick with the imported PB for my sandwiches, but will keep Lily's on hand for my oatmeal. :-)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katrina! I’ve always liked the local peanut butters better because they always seemed sweeter and more sinful to me (yes, even as a kid I gravitated towards the sinful!) :) In any case, isn’t it the best with the oatmeal?? Love it!

sherry said...

thank you so very much for the lovely recipe, i had misplaced my PB cookie recipe in my last remodel and so looking for a recipe i found your site and so i say TAHNK YOU for sharing

Dave said...

Just wanted to say "Hi" and to let you know I loved this post. I featured it on my blog: Comfort (Able) Foods, which can be found at http://www.exvitaveritas.com. I put a link in my blogroll to your site also. Thanks for a great recipe...I think that a large part of that sense of comfort comes from the wonderful smell of baking cookies, evoking all kinds of memories, even before that first chocolate chip is melting on my tongue...the next level of comfort! Thanks and keep blogging! Dave

Emily G. said...

Thank you for posting this recipe! My mom has been asking me to make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Like you, I didn't have a peanut butter cookie recipe to go off of. Now I can't wait to make these! :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Sherry! Glad to be of service :)

Hi Dave! I agree…the smelling of cookies baking is divine! Thanks for the mention :)

Hi Emily! Hope you like them!

Stephanie said...

Perfect recipe. There couldn't be two happier ingredients together than peanut butter and chocolate!h

ChichaJo said...

Hi Stephanie! They are such a perfect match indeed! :)

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thediplomaticwife said...

OMG I heart Reese's peanut butter cups! I am so going to try this! You take such great pics. I'm adding you to my blogroll tomorrow sweety! Na-night!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks DW :) Hope you like these -- just take care not to over-bake them and they are really best on the day they are made :) Hope to see you again soon!

Bad Home Cook said...

I'm gonna try these with home-made cashew butter....OMG I hope it works because it could be insane....
Stay tuned....

ChichaJo said...

Hello Bad Home Cook! Oooh, cashew butter! I can imagine that being awesome...please do let me know how it turns out!