Thursday, February 7, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut butter and chocolate! One of my favorite combinations!

I was babysitting for a friend a few years ago, and the children I was watching wanted to make cookies. The first wanted chocolate chip cookies. The second wanted peanut butter cookies. The third didn’t care. He just wanted cookies. Since the other two couldn’t agree, I came up with the idea to make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. They were terrific. I simply took my favorite recipe for peanut butter cookies and we added chocolate chips to them.

Well, I recently found a vintage recipe from a General magazine insert for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, and I think it was even better than my last minute recipe. The dough is closer to a chocolate chip cookie dough than the dough for a peanut butter cookie. The cookies were moist and soft.

 Mmmm…I’m getting hungry just writing about them.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons milk
1 egg
1 (6 ounce) package chocolate chips
½ cup chopped peanuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375ยบF. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside. In large bowl, combine peanut butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla; beat until creamy. Beat in egg and milk. Gradually add flour mixture; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and peanuts. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Okay, here’s where I admit that when I made them I doubled the chocolate chips. The more chocolate the better, right?

For all of you singles who don’t want to have 4 dozen cookies sitting around the house because:
1)      You are going to eat them, or
2)      You are going to toss most of them.
I add more flour so that the dough is stiffer and easier to handle. Then I roll the dough into individual balls. Place on a cookie sheet and stick in the freezer. Once they are frozen, I pull them out and stick them in a container, and then I place them back into the freezer. Then when I want cookies, I just grab a couple of frozen dough balls and stick them in the oven. That way I can have cookies anytime I want without having either the mess or too many cookies.

Enjoy the cookies!
God bless you!

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