My absolute favorite: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

We all have those one absolute favorite dessert that we eat even when we know we shouldn’t. I don’t think I can think of a combination more addictive and tastier than chocolate and peanut butter. Oh wait! Add some Nutella to it and it will drive me crazy!

I love cookies. I love chocolate. And I love peanut butter. What happens when you combine all of them? You get the most amazing, the most sinful and the most addictive things of all! I came across this recipe in 2010. We were young kids excited to be baking and wanted to make something sweet. All our previous attempts had resulted in something burnt or something spread out or something half-baked. But we weren’t disheartened. We were happy to scrape off the burnt bits and eat whatever little is edible or scoop it all up with a spoon. It was another ‘baking day’ and we found a jar of peanut butter in the fridge. Now, I LOOOVEE peanut butter! Give me a jar and some jelly and Nutella and I’ll be the happiest person on this planet. Anyway, we decided to try making these cookies and they turned out so good we gobbled up the first batch just out of the oven. Of course we had to make more and were more patient the second time around. From then on, when we bake these cookies, we always double the recipe and it has never lasted more than 48 hours.
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Fast-forward to a couple of years later, I still love the simplicity of this recipe and they are my comfort cookies. I stopped making them with all-purpose flour and make them now with whole-wheat flour. The texture does change, they aren’t as chewy, but I’m willing to make that little bit of a compromise to eat a little healthier. The ingredients are easy to stock and I began using brown sugar in baking only after discovering this recipe. I sometimes add a little Nutella and cut back a little bit on the peanut butter for an extra flavor kick. I also tend to sometimes add creamy peanut butter and other times, add chunky peanut butter. Either ways, they taste good.
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These are super rich cookies and very indulgent so they’re excellent as a treat. I would bake these and take them as a gift for someone who loves peanut butter. I can’t praise this cookie recipe enough and I don’t want to experiment with it at all! If you do try making it, please let me know what you think!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Adapted from a recipe by Canary Girl

Ingredients:
• ½ cup of butter (Use unsalted to control the saltiness in the cookies)
• ½ cup sugar
• ½ cup brown sugar
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• ¾ cup Peanut Butter (creamy gives a better texture)
• 1 cup flour (I used whole-wheat)
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• a pinch on salt
• 1 cup chocolate chunks
Method:
• Pre-heat oven t o 375 Fahrenheit or 175 Celsius. Line a cookie sheet with grease-proof paper and set aside
• Cream the butter and both the sugars until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes, with an electric beater if possible. Make sure the butter is at room temperature to speed up the process.
• Add the egg and vanilla and beat them in the mixture.
• Using a wooden spoon beat in the peanut butter until well incorporated in the butter-sugar mixture.
• Next, add the flour, salt, baking powder and stir to combine.
• Add the chocolate chunks and mix them in the dough.
• Drop spoonfuls of the dough on to the cookie sheet, leaving some space between each cookie because they will spread.
• Bake for 12 minutes or until slightly golden.
• Remove them from the oven and allow them to rest on the cookie sheet for 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

These taste best when they’re warm with a glass of cold milk on the side. Happy baking everyone!
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Mood Elevating Peanut Butter Biscuits

Hot from the oven!

When you loooooove chocolate and have always baked anything and everything with chocolate in it, it is tough to find a recipe that doesn’t have chocolate. But then again, maybe you keep looking for those recipes that have chocolate in them!

My aunt gave me a book titled ‘Best Ever Cookie Book’ by Hilarie Walden and I decided to try and find a recipe that did not have chocolate and needed only one egg since I only had one egg in the fridge. I opened the book and I found two recipes that looked exciting – snickerdoodle cookies and peanut butter cookies. I like peanut butter more for sure and decided to go ahead and bake the peanut butter cookies. Simple ingredients, all of which I had at home, and it just took me 20 minutes to get the dough ready.

These cookies will fill your house with a wonderful peanut butter/vanilla fragrance and that in itself are mood elevators! They are super buttery and melt in your mouth. They felt more like biscuits than cookies since they were quite crisp and I think that cookies are ALWAYS supposed to be chewy (and have chocolate in them!:)!) I thought they were perfect for my mood and were very quick to make!

Mood Elevating Peanut Butter Biscuits

   (Based on Hilarie Walden’s recipe)

Preparation Time: 15 minutes                          Refrigeration Time: Min. 30 minutes                          Baking Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients (yields about 24 mid size biscuits)

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour (I use whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar (tightly packed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence (I use vanilla extract)
  • 1 egg (at room temperature!)
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter (I used smooth since that’s what I had at home)
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)

Method

  1. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda and set aside
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. (Takes me about 8 minutes using a hand held beater)
  3. Lightly beat the egg and vanilla in a separate bowl and slowly add the mixture to the butter and sugar mixture.
  4. Next add the peanut butter to the wet mixture and mix it thoroughly.
  5. Incorporate the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and fold it in with a wooden spoon.
  6. If using peanuts, add them to the mix at this stage.
  7. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes to allow it to firm up.
  8. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.
  9. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with parchment paper or butter and a sprinkling of flour
  10. Roll the dough into small balls and flatten gently with a fork. You should get a slightly raised lines pattern.
  11. Ensure biscuits are at least 2 inches apart.
  12. Bake the biscuits for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Once done remove from the oven and allow to cool on the sheet for 5 minutes. After they have cooled slightly, gently transfer them to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

    Delishhh

That’s all! In about an hour and half you should be all ready with your delicious biscuits. I can tell you they taste great with coffee and definitely make you feel better!

Do let me know how they turned out for you!