Friday, September 18, 2009

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

We are heading out of town again this weekend. Not to camp, but to lollygag with members of the running posse in a house on a lake on the Sunshine Coast. We'll be without the internet for a whole 36 hours! Golly! What will I do?
To begin with, as promised, I will leave you with the recipe that my lovely hand model was holding towards the end of this post about our time at The Ranch. These are the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies that will have people shamelessly sneaking to the plate for more. I brought them to the Ranch and had one person confess to me that "my girlfriend just ate 4 of them!!" What makes them particularly delci-os-o is the fact that they have semi sweet chocolate chips AND peanut butter chips in them (as well as peanut butter, of course).
I got the recipe from the brilliant website of Smitten Kitchen, who in turn got it from a New York bakery.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter at room temperature (I used smooth on both occasions on which I made them. The second time, I used a smooth natural peanut butter, and although they were definitely harder to work with, the taste was divine....)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

For sprinkling: 1 tablespoon sugar (I used organic sugar the first time and rolled the cookies in the sugar before flattening a bit and baking. The second time I made them, they were a bit gooier. I think this was because the natural peanut butter tends to separate more, and while I stirred it fairly thoroughly, the batter was still sloppier to handle, so I had to wrestle a bit with them to get them on the cookie sheet. In any event, I didn't sprinkle much sugar. Mister Man preferred the flavour of the the natural peanut butter though....)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, the baking soda, the baking powder, and the salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat the butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Add the egg and mix well. Add the milk and the vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly. Stir in the peanut butter chips and the chocolate chips. Place the remaining teaspoons of sprinkling sugar on a plate. Drop by spoonful into the sugar, then place them on parchment lined cookie sheets, leaving several inches between for the part where the cookies grow. Using a fork, lightly indent with a crisss-cross pattern, but do not make a steam roller and flatten them too much. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake. (In fact, I'd say that's a general rule of thumb with making cookies, wouldn't you?) They may appear to be underdone, but they are not. Nay. They are DELICIOUS is what they are!

Cool the cookies on the sheets for 1 minute, then remove to a rack to cool completely. I am definitely making some of these for the festive season. I suspect they'd freeze nicely too.... (though I haven't tried)


  1. Lollygagging?
    With cookies?
    By a lake?
    With pals?

    I want your life.

  2. Um. Don't you technically *have* my life? Seeing as how you ARE the other half of my brain???

  3. Riiiight. But somehow I seem to be the half that doesn't get to the eat the cookies.

    Talk about pulling the short straw ;)

  4. Bunkle!! Is this about cookies? Because you know I can (and will) bake you some cookies!! What's your favourite kind?