Sunday, May 20, 2012

Battle of the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies, part 1

I don't know about you all, but I have two things that I do when I am down.  One is clean, which I usually reserve for super serious cases, and two is bake.  After receiving yet more bad news in my quest for my dream job, I felt the urge to create something delicious.  Yummy food always cheers me up, especially if it combines the two best ingredients ever, peanut butter and chocolate!  These cookies are seriously one of my comfort foods.  I think of peanut butter and chocolate as God's gift to the food world...all sweet and salty and creamy and deliciousness!  Nothing makes me feel better than these two together.  Plus I had this delicious new roasted honey nut peanut butter I've been dying to try in a batch of cookies!  So why is this blog post called a "battle" you ask?  Mainly that while I find these cookies perfection in hubby thinks that there is one way they could be improved...but we will get to that in part 2!

These cookies are seriously simple, great to make on a day where you have a bunch of little things you need to get done in the kitchen.  They only take 7-8 minutes in the oven too, so there isn't much cooking time involved.  So if you don't have much time, these are great.  I started them about an hour before my hubby had to leave for work and I had them all out in time for him to take a couple dozen with him.

Our ingredient line up!

Yummiest peanut butter EVER!!!

Add peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla to your mixing bowl.

Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Add in the egg...and beat until just incorporated.

Whisk together your dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Add your dry ingredients a little bit at a time to your wet ingredients.

Beat until just combined.

Add in some chocolate chunks...

And some more...just add the whole bag! 

Beat on low till the chips are mixed in.  Yum!!

Scoop onto a baking sheet.

Bake for 7-8 minutes or until just set and golden brown!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Adapted from Crisco's peanut butter cookies
Makes 3 dozen cookies

1/2 cup peanut butter, use whatever kind you prefer
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
3 Tbsp. milk, whatever you have on hand is fine
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 bag chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 375F.

Combine peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar , milk and vanilla in a bowl and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add in the egg and beat just until mixed.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda.  Slowly add to the wet ingredients, mixing well in between additions.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in the chocolate chunks.  Beat on low speed just until the chucks are mixed in.

Using a small ice cream scoop(or a spoon), drop onto a cookie sheet 2 inches apart.  (If using a spoon, drop about a heaping tsp. of dough for each cookie.)  Bake for 7-8 minutes, or until just set and lightly browned.  Allow to cool for a minute or two on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.

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