The other day I was talking to one of my coworkers about…what else? Cookies. He was mentioning his preferences in cookie flavors, when he made a shocking statement.
“I don’t like chocolate. And I don’t like peanut butter.” I opened my mouth in shock and horror. “My wife,” he continued, “always says-” and at the exact same moment as he finished his wife’s statement, I was verbalizing the exact same sentiment. “What is wrong with you?!”
This may be insulting to some, especially to said coworker who had such nice things to say about my blog, but I truly believe that it’s difficult to be happy without chocolate. Throw in some peanut butter? That’s pretty much bliss.
Assuming you are among the 95.7% of the world’s population that loves chocolate and peanut butter happily married in one delicious bite, go ahead and make these. If you are in the very sad 4.3% who don’t appreciate the finer things in life, I’m sorry, but you are going to want to skip this recipe. My condolences.
Oh, and that stat? I totally made it up. Sounds convincing though, doesn’t it?
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Adapted from Baking: From My Home To Yours
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter or margarine
1/2 cup peanut butter (not natural)
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 oz chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
1 cup chopped salted peanuts
Preheat oven to 375. Line or grease 2 cookie sheets.
Whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter/margarine and peanut butter for about 30 seconds to combine. Add sugars and beat until creamy. Add vanilla and eggs, beating after each addition until smooth. Add flour mixture and stir just to incorporate. By hand, stir in the chocolate chips and peanuts.
Using a medium cookie scoop, or a Tablespoon measuring spoon, drop dough onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 9-12 minutes, or until just set. (Cookies may appear soft in the center.)
Leave cookies to cool on tray for a minute, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.
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