Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I didn't make anything for South Park last Wednesday. I felt bad, but gosh, after working so hard I've been so exhausted. If I don't already have something planned, which I didn't, I just don't have the energy to put into planning something short notice for it. Jeff and I were trying to come up with ideas, and thought of peanut butter cups, then peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. He was all for trying the cups, but I didn't have the time to let them sit. I was sort of into cookies, but I didn't really feel like cooking that night.

So I didn't. We watched South Park, everyone had fun, and went home. All without eating anything of mine. It's a little sad for me, because I really do enjoy making things for people, I really like them having food and having a good time. It's the hostess in me. But we all have days where we're too tired to do things.

This week I have a plan though. So I'm very excited.

But anyway, since we talked about making peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, I had been craving them. Yes, I was craving them so hard I had to bold the word. It was intense. So Sunday, while I was sitting all by my lonesome in my apartment, playing Harvest Moon, winding down from a long week, having finished cleaning the kitchen, getting litter for my cat Tseng, organizing things, making sure my chores were done (Sunday has been my only day off for the past two weeks, you see), I just... really wanted them.

So I made them.

I found a recipe online, landing on one at Pink of Perfection that I liked-- and the blog as well, I got sucked into reading her posts about how to make life nice and cute things and yummy food-- well, it was all very nice. But the cookies looked good. I changed them a bit to my taste, but just slightly... and man, were they good.

They were perfect. Just the right amount of crunch, sweetness, and all gooey on the inside. They have the perfect shape, texture. I will have to apply whatever I did in these to my chocolate chip cookies (I think I've been using too much baking powder vs soda ratio). Of course, the amount of fat in these (oh peanut butter) help, but peanut butter is good fat!! And... and.... and yeah!

In other words, these are perfect. I suggest to EVERYONE to make them, unless you hate peanut butter. If you hate peanut butter, you can leave now. >:)

(Just kidding, please keep reading!! <3)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Altered from Pink of Perfection

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup chunky honey peanut butter (I used Ralph's. I know, generic, right?)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, then set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Crack in the egg and mix well. Stir in the milk and vanilla extract. Mix in the dry ingredients until completely blended. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Scoop up rounded teaspoons and roll between your palms into balls before placing on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least five minutes! These are great warm or at room temperature!

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