Katie: Whether proofreading applications, helping me outfit my not-yet-existent apartment, serving as my personal interview coach, or searching for the perfect used car, my dad has been a big help lately! I decided I needed to do something to show my appreciation. I usually try to choose healthy recipes, but this time I tried to find a yummy, indulgent cookie recipe. When I spotted this recipe for Puffy Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips via Food Gawker, I knew I wanted to try it. I had never heard of melting peanut butter before, but maybe that’s what helped these cookies be so soft and chewy. They turned out really well! I sprinkled a few with sea salt, but they seemed to mysteriously disappear before I could try them… If you make these, make sure that the butter and peanut butter cool before adding them, and don’t overbake the cookies! Judging from the positive responses, I would definitely make these again.
Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips (from How Sweet It Is)
makes about 18 cookies (I made more, about 30)
- 8 tablespoons of salted butter
- 6 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- sea salt (optional)
Add butter and peanut butter to a microwave safe bowl, and heat in 30 second increments, stirring each time, until melted. Let cool completely.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Whisk the flour and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the cooled butter/peanut butter and sugars until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir until mixed. Gradually add the flour mixture and mix until a dough forms. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Shape the dough into heaping tablespoon-sized balls. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper two inches apart. Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired, and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies begin to firm up. The centers should be soft and puffy. Do not overbake. Let cool completely and then enjoy!