Sunday, November 9, 2014
double chocolate double peanut butter cookies.
I really shouldn't be doing this.
I really shouldn't be baking but I've got the dreaded mid-afternoon slump and nothing from my notes is registering very well nor is it more than a fleeting presence in my cloudy consciousness. At least baking is more useful than taking an undeserved afternoon shut-eye right?
Today I'm going with cookies because I found some Reese's peanut butter chips in the fridge and I have a recipe that I had bookmarked a long time ago that utilises them. This is my first time laying my hands on these peanut butter chips - a historical moment y'all!
So the cookies in question combine the flavours of chocolate and peanut butter, a pairing which in my opinion, is only natural when you think of peanut butter. I could not have thought of a more justifiable way to use these peanut butter chips because these cookies are 101% gold. They are a perfect balance of peanut butter and chocolate and have a texture reminiscent of a warm brownie when just out of the oven. And just like a good brownie, these are fudgy goodness when chilled.
P.S. The cookie dough is delicious. Be warned.
Double Chocolate Double Peanut Butter Cookies
adapted from here with slight modifications
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter chips
Cream the butter and peanut butter together until smooth. Add the sugars and beat until well-combined. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating to fully incorporate the first before adding the second. Stir in the vanilla extract. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and stir until almost all traces of flour have disappeared. Stir in the chocolate and peanut butter chips until they're distributed evenly throughout the dough and no streaks of flour remain. Chill the dough overnight or for at least 4 hours.
When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F. For each cookie, measure out a rounded tablespoon, roll it into a ball and place onto a lined baking sheet. Space each ball of dough at least 1 inch apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges look just set.
Cool cookies on baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.