Friday, April 24, 2009

Peanut Butter Cookies from BAKED


I recently purchased Baked: New Fronteirs in Baking and am loving it! It is full of fantastic recipes that I can't wait to try. I was in the mood for some cookies so I baked up a half batch of these cookies. If you love peanut butter cookies, try these. They are full of milk chocolate chunks which satisfies my craving for the pb & chocolate combination! I had a DOVE chocolate bunny leftover from Easter that gave its life for these cookies. Thank you dear bunny! :)

I did have two problems with these cookies, though. The first is that they kinda go flat in the oven. The recipe says to just push gently on the tops, but not to flatten. I did that the first time and got flat cookies. I pressed lighter the second time and got flat cookies. I didn't press at all the third time and still got flat cookies. They tasted amazing, but were flat. Just FYI. :)

The second problem??? I ate 7 of these. Yes, you read that right. SEVEN. Of course that was between two days, but it really doesn't make it any better. I ended up packing up the rest of the cookies and forcing them on friends at the park because I knew I would eat every last one.

So, if you have willpower, make a batch for yourself. Except for these cookies will test even the strongest willpower. So... invite some friends over and enjoy these fantastic cookies. I know I did!

Peanut Butter Cookies with Milk Chocolate Chunks

Recipe from BAKED

1 3/4 cups AP flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened, cut into 1" pieces

1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling

1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup creamy peanut butter

6 ounces good milk chocolate, coarsley chopped

Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars together until fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. The mixture will look light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and peanut butter and beat until just incorporated.

Add half of the flour mixture and mix for 15 seconds. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix just until incorporated.

Using a spatula or wooden spoon, fold in the chocolate. Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto the baking sheet. With th palm of your hand, very gently press each cookie down so it forms a very tall disc shape. DO NO press too hard and DO NOT press it flat.

Sprinkle the tops of cookies with sugar and bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until the tops begin to brown.

Cool on pan on wire rack for 5 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


Katy ~ said...

LUV peanut butter cookies!

teresa said...

Yummy, I LOVE PB cookies, I'll be trying these for sure!

Debbie said...

They look delicious...doesn't matter if they are flat or not they have pb and chocolate!!

Cathy said...

These look incredible! I've heard great things about Baked - I will need to check it out!

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

These cookies look YUMMERS. I love PB & Chocolate....Looks fabulous.



April said...

I love PB cookies! These will be on my list to make very soon!!

Megan said...

See, I have NO WILLPOWER when it comes to pb. Which is why I could never make those. So I'll just have to take your word for it!

Anonymous said...

OMG. I so can't wait to get to this recipe.

Bunny said...

Oh the sacrifices we bunnies make ..hee hee!! You have no idea how long I've waited for a pb cookie that's soft and chewy!! I'm making these. I was going to suggest refregerating the dough to keep it from spreading but see that that's in the recipe. How about using cooled cookie sheets, not hot ones to help stop the spreading, I'll have to think about this. They look awesome!!!

Mary said...

Yum...I am obsessed with Baked too..I have made the Baked bars and the cinnamon coffee cake and both were great. I am going to have to try these next..thanks...I am worried I will eat every single one!

SUGAR B said...

Oooh! I love pb cookies! Me making some of these possibly tomorrow!

Ingrid said...

LOL, flat cookies or not sounds like these are winners.

n.o.e said...

I actually prefer flat cookies, and even though I have some willpower now, I'm pretty sure there would be none left once I were faced with these cookies - they look fantastic. It doesn't get much better than chocolate + peanut butter! This book looks amazing; at some point I'll break down and buy it... I've made the brownies and they're killer.

margot said...

I made these a while back (for the Superbowl) and everyone loved them. I'm happy I made them for a party, 'cos they are sooo good and it would have been dangerous to have too many around--can't blame you for eating so many. It took me a a minute to get over the flatness, but once you taste them it doesn't matter.

J.Danger said...

I have an awesome recipe for PB cookies that is SO easy. There is no flour. I know, I know. I got it from the infamous boating cook book- 6 ingredients or less. I could pass it your way if you want it!

PheMom said...

Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought these were awesome!!

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