Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chocolate Peanut-Butter-Chip Cookies

I live with a peanut butter lover.  And that's putting it lightly.  Truly, I live with more than one, but all the rest of us just "like" or "really like" it.  I'm in love with chocolate.  Or at least in "really like" with it.  So... what better way to make the world happier than to combine the two?  These turned out pretty well. I think I would have put in more of the peanut butter chips, but they've disappeared quickly, which is the best test of any I could ever come up with.

Chocolate Peanut-Butter-Chip Cookies

2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup peanut butter morsels
1/2 cup chopped unsalted dry-roasted peanuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, whisking well.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars at medium-high speed with an electric mixer for approximately 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary and beating until all ingredients are well incorporated.  Stir in peanut butter morsels and peanuts.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 to 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes per batch or until cookies are set at the edges and crackled.  Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wore rack to cool completely.

My notes:  I always wondered how in the world magazines and cookbooks for their cookies to look so perfect for their pictures, but mine seemed to always come out lumpy and unshapely.  Never quite understood what I did wrong.  Till now.  If the dough is firm enough to be shaped, that's what they do.  This dough is one of those.  It can be shaped to look just like you want it to.  There is a little rising that happens, but they'll keep their basic shape if you mold them the way you want them.  I rolled the last few and flattened them to look about like I thought they should and it worked out just great.  Next time, I'll do that from the beginning...

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