Friday, January 13, 2012

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made these cookies on whim inspired by my Significant (m)Other who randomly baked (ZOMFG!) cookies during my last visit home. 

My mom hasn't baked cookies since I was 8 years old.

I am 31. 

But, way, way waaaaay back in my childhood memory there is my mom making cookies, peanut butter (because they are kind of healthy?) cookies to be exact and she's using the back of a fork to make criss-cross prints on each dough mound that's spooned off on an undoubtedly stained cookie sheet. The coincidence was that she wasn't making cookies for the nuclear family, nope. she was making cookies for my grandpa's neighbors. Tragedy, no (because I had a few). Inspiration, yes.

As soon as I got back to Portland, I made peanut butter cookies. This time I adultified them with cocoa nibs and dark chocolate. Peanut butter comforting goodness with a kick of voluminous sick. Every time I make peanut butter cookies, I always use Smitten Kitchen's basic recipe because it results in a soft and chewy cookie.




Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
semi adapted from Smitten Kitchen

1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 egg
3/4 cup dark chocolate chip or chopped
2 tablespoons cocoa nibs, ground

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • In a large bowl beat peanut butter and butter until fluffy.
  • Add the sugars and cocoa powder and beat until smooth, then add egg and continue to beat.
  • Add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips and cocoa nibs.
  • Using a large spoon or ice cream scooper (like I did) scoop out on un-greased baking sheet.
  • Using a fork, lightly indent dough in a criss-cross pattern.
  • Bake for 10 minutes (do not over bake, even if cookies look raw), allowing cookies to cool for 1 minute on sheet, then remove to a rack to cool completely.


Trevor Sis Boom said...

Um. Yes. I do think indeed to make these for sure. I don't think I'll share.

Helen said...

You rock girl! PB and chocolate is one of my favourite cookies!! I have a small stash of cocoa nibs in the cupboard so I'll be adding those in as well. Yum!

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Oh yeah! These have my name written all over them! I'm "stealing" this rtecipe!

Esi said...

I'm all about these!

Peter M said...

No denying these are P & B that you didn't skimp on either!

Banana Wonder said...

Trevor - Haha, good , you really shouldn't. *selfish*

Helen - Love your stash.

Peter - Oooh good. I steal so many of yours.

Esi - word!

Peter - You can't when P & B are involved.

Helen said...

Anna, I just made these cookies and noticed that the cocoa powder isn't listed in your ingredient list so I just added 3 tbs. I think it may have been too much and the dough came out dry and crumbly. I also couldn't do the fancy fork imprint on the cookies, as soon as I tried, the cookie fell apart. I'm still enjoying them though. They taste great!

Banana Wonder said...

Helen - Oh no! Eeehk, I am sorry I didn't add the cocoa powder. I adjusted the recipe for less flour, just in case this happens again. Better to be too sticky, then too dry. I am glad the cookies taste good, despite being crumbly. Sooo sorry, I would send you a batch if you lived in the lower half (NW, preferably).

Helen said...

Thanks Anna! No worries about the recipe. Today they are even better than yesterday, softer too :)

Banana Wonder said...

Helen - Ok, few! I don't want to piss off my #1 commenter :-)

Victor said...

When I make cookies, it usually ends up crunchy. I'm definitely craving to make soft and chewy cookies.