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Monday, 10 May 2010

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookies



I can't remember whether I've mentioned that I used to be a baker in a small cafe. In case I didn't (or you missed it), I spent almost a year of my life devising recipes and baking for my living. It was a delicious, if not terribly healthy, job. Despite long shifts and antisocial hours sometimes, I loved it.

Cookies were always one of my specialities - nothing sells faster than fresh cookies, especially when you bring a baking tray straight up from the oven and into the cafe. Plus they're great fun to make, and you can generate an almost infinite variety of flavours from one basic recipe.

I made this batch for a 'bring and share' picnic lunch with friends - one of my favourite ways to socialise, especially with foodie friends, since you never know quite what you're going to end up with.

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookies
Makes 20-30 cookies

3 cups (500g) white flour
2/3 cup (180g) white sugar
1 cup (170g) soft brown sugar
2 eggs
1tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla essence
250g butter, melted
1 cup (200g) chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl.
  3. Add the melted butter, vanilla essence, and eggs. Stir and knead until all combined into a thick dough.
  4. Add the chocolate and peanut butter, and knead into the dough.
  5. Form into small balls, arrange on a greased baking sheet, and press gently to flatten. Make sure to leave enough space around each cookie, as they will spread to approximately double the size as they cook.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes (until golden brown), then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
I can never quite wait for them to cool down before I eat the first one, they're just so nice with gooey melted chocolate bits.

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50 comments:

SilverNeurotic said...

Oh, I have to try this recipe. My dad LOVES peanut butter cookies. Last time I made them I had to hide them so they would last until Christmas.

Stephanie V said...

You've just blended my two favorite cookies into one. Definitely got my attention. Thanks.

Joann Mannix said...

Oh, my! They look scrumptious. And peanut butter and chocolate are my favorite combination of all times. My girls and I will give them a try.

And a baker, indeed. My college daughter's roommate is in culinary school for baking. I tell my daughter every day how blessed she is to have a baker for a roommate.

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Tabor said...

I come across so many recipes in the Blog Kingdom that I promise myself to try, but never get back! Oddly enough as I type this I am waiting for the butter to soften to make a batch of chocolate chip/nut cookies.

Mrsbear said...

I'm going to have to try these. I swear I can almost smell them baking! Mmmmm. I swear I'm not licking the screen right now as I type. ;) Just a little drool, it should wipe right off.

JoeyRes said...

I love cookies. My only problem is how fast we consume them in this house! I need a locked cookie jar.

The Blonde Duck said...

If you ever open up another bakery, I'll be first in line.

Fran said...

Can't wait to try these - they look yummy, thank you!
Just stopping by as a SITS member to say hi & thanks for the blog comments :D

Everyday Kathy said...

Yum!!!!

Writing Without Periods! said...

Yum, yum yum...now I'm hungry.
Mary

Melissa B. said...

Yummy~and I love the festive plate, too!

WhiteSockGirl aka The Fabulous Bitch said...

You were a baker? Awesome. I am not good with baking, cooking,.. but I love food.

You won't mind if I copy the recipe and pass it on to my mother,... she is forever asking me to look up recipes on the internet for her. And I want to taste those cookies...

Mary said...

How can you miss when you combine the two greatest things in the culinary world :-). Your cookies look wonderful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Louiz said...

No wonder your baking looks so fantastic!

ScoMan said...

I like chocolate.

I like cookies.

I love peanut butter.

The problem with me baking something like this is, I eat it all. That afternoon. That can't be healthy.

Dave King said...

Don't mind if I do!

MelRoXx said...

Really yummy!

LiLu said...

I'm with you. The first one should DEFINITELY be gooey out of the oven, with chocolate running down your fingers. :-)

gigi said...

Yum!

Kel said...

Cookies are my weakness! I'm going to have to try to recipe as soon I go figure out what 250g of butter is! :) Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

Chef E said...

Funny how we get so many hits when we post a sweet word or two!

PERFECTION on a plate is what that is my dear :)

MJ said...

Amazing - no wonder you're such a cracking cook! Really impressed...

Shell said...

Going to have to try this!

Thanks for stopping by my SITS day yesterday!

carma said...

You are multi-talented indeed. Those look tasty!

I've got a "fancy" recipe on my blog today ;-)

Jules said...

Oh Yummy! But I have to be strong and not make any, I'm supposed to be loosing weight....

Fly Girl said...

Somehow I missed that you were a baker but I'm not surprised. This recipe is burned in my memory, cookies for the weekend!

Kazzy said...

I started a new diet today, and here you are taunting me! :0)

browneyes_24b said...

Yum! Those cookies look marvelous! I am in the process of trying to become a better cook, but the one thing I AM good at is baking cookies. I'll have to give your recipe a try!

I'm stopping by from SITS. Hope you have a great day!

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mangocheeks said...

My husband loves peanut cookies. I have no doubt he would enjoy munching on these, with the added bonus of chocolate too!

Ronnica said...

I must admit, your plate looks as delicious as your cookie...I think my roommate would die if I brought plates like that home! (hers are a dark, dull brown...and I *like* brown)

Lucie said...

Oh my! I just copy/pasted this recipe and I intend on baking these tomorrow! Yum! I am visiting from SITS by the way :-) Glad to have found you!

Blessings,
Lucie

Theresa said...

I have four 3 year olds for the afternoon tomorrow - I think I'll try the cookie recipe - maybe a double batch to share with the grown-ups too! happy sits day!

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Megan said...

Sounds delicious - and I absolutely love your plates! Hope you're having a fantastic SITS day!

Sarah said...

Oh, I'm so jealous. You've pretty much held my dream job!

I made cookies earlier this week, and they involved potato chips. . .kind of a weird concept, but SO GOOD. :)

LisaDay said...

What a great job. You must have been quite popular.

Happy SITS day.

LisaDay

Kim said...

Mmm. Fresh cookies even draw bloggers in.

Carissa Mason said...

SOOO stealing this recipe!! I'm just stopping in from the SITSta-hood to say "Congrats on being today's fb"!!
Holla!!
Carissa
www.carissamason.blogspot.com

Mama Hen said...

Yummy!!! I need to start a diet already, but with delicious recipes like this how can I! Thank you for sharing tis one. I will have to make them for my daughter and I! I just beacame a follower! Hope to see you at Mama's Little Chick!

Mama Hen
www.mamaslittlechick.com

Seizing My Day said...

Yum!! I love to bake and I love PB Cookies!! =) Fun job you used to have! that is one of many what I think would be fun 'retirement jobs' ha ha!!

Happy Sits day!

Jenn ~ www.seizingmyday.com

Double Wide Mom said...

oh my gosh! gotta try these!

cheri said...

oh my, you just made me hungry. and they look even better than the oreo peanut butter and chocolate cookie i'm having right now.

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Raising Amazing Daughters said...

Wow, you are multi-talented -- baking, photography, adventure, you got it all!

Gilliauna said...

OOoooh wow! I'm so going to have to try this recipe. It sounds delicious!

Happy SITS day too!

Cranky Mommy said...

Sounds YUMMY!

Happy SITS Day

Deirdre said...

Those look delicious!

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

I love chocolate and peanut butter together, so these sound fabulous!

Hannah said...

The cookies sound great and I would like to bake them, but I don't know what 250g of butter is.

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Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

You can never go wrong with the peanut butter and chocolate combo.

Congrats on your SITS day!

Genevieve said...

I love chocolate and peanut butter! After I get home from my honeymoon, I am going to make a batch and eat them all myself!!!

Trulyana said...

How interesting, one of my old time favourite hobbies is also baking cookies and I invented a white chocolate and pistachio cookie batch once, which went down a treat. I love baking and giving it to friends and family. Such a joy! :) And peanut butter and chocolate, even better. Your talking on my lines.

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