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Friday
Mar112011

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Three and a half years ago, living in my first apartment in college, I thought having a pet fish was the greatest idea ever. And it was, for a year or so. I had my very own fishy friend and he had a surprisingly interesting little personality that kept me entertained. I bought him a few friends and they had a swimmingly time together.

Three years later, having pet fish suddenly doesn't seem like the greatest idea ever. That very same fish tank now sits in my bedroom and begs to be cleaned more often then I remember.

I haven't always been the best fish mother. Sometimes I forget to feed them. Sometimes I don't clean the tank for a month. Yet, my fish preserver. They are survivors. I don't understand how people struggle to keep fish alive. I'm beginning to believe mine are incapable of dying.

peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Lately, my fish tank has been making strange noises in the night. The filter (or fish?) perfectly mimics the sound of someone breathing. Long intake of breath. Short exhale. Repeat. The pattern never strays from the steady beat. The sound is subtle. In the hustle and bustle of the day, you couldn't hear it if you really, really tried.

But late at night, when the house is dark and quiet, it's there. Sometimes it takes me offguard and for a split second, I think someone is in my room with me, quietly breathing behind me, lying in wait. Soon enough (and a heart attack later), I realize it's just the fish.

I really ought to get that checked out before I actually have a heart attack.

peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

First and foremost, if you are going to make these cookies, make a double batch. I didn't and immediately after tasting one, I sorely regretted it. These peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are everything you want in a cookie. The outside is crisp while the inside stays soft and tender. They are perfect for dunking or eating plain (though you will want a glass of milk). I used chunky peanut butter to give my cookies more of a crunch though I have no reason to believe creamy peanut butter wouldn't be just as great. If you are a cookie lover, I recommend you give these a shot.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Canary Girl

Yields about 30 cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup peanut butter (I used chunky)
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 1/4 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, and peanut butter. Beat until smooth. Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Reader Comments (14)

The peanut butter lover in me says "yay" to this post! The pictures are, as always, also quite lovely!
03.11.2011 | Unregistered Commenterkaty
I just love your pictures of your cookies. I feel like I'm looking in a magazine. I have a sweet treat linky party on my blog that starts tonight and I'd be delighted if you'd stop by and link your cookies up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com
These look super delicious! What kind of chocolate did you use?
03.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaya Marie
One word: Thankyaverymuch!!
03.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda
This is lovely looking peanut butter cookie. I would definately make a double batch
03.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKat @ Cupcake Kat
Yummmm. I am looking forward to making these. I've been on a quest to find some great chewy peanut butter cookies for years now. Any chance these are chewy too?
03.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMariko
Lisa--Thanks for the compliments! Sorry I missed you; I was without internet for the weekend.

Maya Marie--I used Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips. Believe it or not, I ran out of chocolate chips. The baking chips were almost too much chocolate for each bite (well, for some people), which is why I recommended you do use chocolate chips instead.

Mariko--These cookies are a bit chewy. They certainly aren't cakey or too crunchy, but fall somewhere in between. If you make them, let me know what you think!
03.14.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
Love love lovvvee this combo of flavors!!

Mary xo
Oh wow these look delicious. I had fish for a few years too, but mine kept dying no matter how well I took care of them. I've figured that it's because I was buying the small guppies, my reasoning was to keep them for about a month before moving on to the big fish! Never happened :( The fish tank is now lying in a corner!
These were very good! I rolled them in sugar and put criss-crosses on top with a fork, to make them look more like peanut butter cookies. This flattened them out more too, which I liked better.
03.16.2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah
Mmmm mmm .. So GOOD!! Oh.. and It is okay if you forgot or do not have the brown sugar to put into the cookies.. There still good in every way!! YUM :)
04.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
My roommate and I had a fish like that our freshman year of college. It was incapable of dying. It sort of floated around in two inches of gray water at the bottom of it's bowl, and we remembered to feed it once a week, at most. It lived for TWO YEARS. I guess fish thrive on hardship.

I think I'm gonna go make these cookies right now.
04.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Just made these. AMAZING!!!!!
11.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterClaire
Just wanted to let you know I make these at least one a month. They are fool proof, delicious, and so simple. Thank you for bringing joy into my life. LOL <3
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

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