Tag Archives: chocolate chips

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

Katie:  I knew that my parents might have a hard time coming back to Wisconsin after enjoying warm, sunny weather on the beaches of Florida.  Fortunately, the snow from Friday melted before they returned, but it’s still pretty chilly here.  I decided that something delicious and sweet might help ease the transition.  This recipe for Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars from My Baking Addiction looked like the perfect combination of sweet indulgence.  I followed the recipe as written, beginning with a graham cracker crust, then a creamy cheesecake layer, and topped with chocolate chip cookie dough.  Although the cookie dough layer was a bit tricky to spread, these bars turned out great.  I’d like to try these again with peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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!

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Bill:  Tis the season for all things pumpkin.  I made some spiced pumpkin waffles recently which are one of our favorite “fall” breakfast treats.  Actually they’re good for supper too.

With 1 cup of leftover pumpkin I was hungry for a dessert.  I was searching for a recipe that combined pumpkin, peanut butter and chocolate chips.  I found this recipe.  I wasn’t quite sure how the peanut butter would go with the pumpkin but I was pleasantly surprised.  The combination works especially with Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips.  Tasty muffins.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

Bill:  Since I have a daughter that is a pumpkin/squash enthusiast, I thought it was time to make something with one of her favorite ingredients.  Well actually, we had some left over pumpkin after Matt and Jill had made some great pancakes recently.  Anyway… I found this recipe which was easy to make and tasted great.  It was a good “fall” dessert to go along with the roasted vegetable soup that I made this week.

Chocolate Chip Blondies

Matthew:  I made these bars for my mom on Mother’s Day from a recipe over at Smitten Kitchen.  The recipe is really quite easy and Deb lists many ingredients that can be added to vary the bars.  I thought some Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips would be the perfect addition.  I didn’t try them, but I heard that they were tasty.  I’ll plan on making them again soon so I can see for myself!

Salted Toffee Chocolate Squares aka Goodie Bars

jill pickle:  I needed to make a dessert for a school meeting.  Our school meetings tend to be pretty stressful especially when we talk about caseloads and upcoming numbers for next year. So I thought I’d make something with chocolate.  This recipe is REALLY easy and had great reviews!!! 

Marzipan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flori: My sweet tooth called today and of course I answered right away. I decided to try a new kind of cookie and so I used this recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chips Cookies but I substituted the Peanut Butter with Marzipan. I don´t know if anybody has ever tried that combination of Marzipan and chocolate chips in a cookie, but they turned out really well and tast AMAZING.