the baker upstairs: Quick Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

5.31.2016

Quick Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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These delicious and quick chocolate peanut butter cookies are the perfect blend of chocolate and peanut butter, and so easy to make!

One of the worst things about being a nurse is having to work holidays. Sure, you get paid time and a half, so it's a good way to save up a bit of extra money, but it really stinks to be away from family and friends. As a new nurse, especially, you're at the bottom of the heap and generally have the worst possible schedule. My poor husband Geoff has definitely worked his share of holidays this year (Christmas Eve, Christmas, and Mother's Day stand out the most) and was scheduled to work last night on Memorial Day. We managed to get in a fun canyon drive in the afternoon, and made some tasty burgers and fries for dinner, but I wanted to send him off to work with something fun and delicious to share with his co-workers. I made a few quick tweaks to my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and these delicious and quick chocolate peanut butter cookies were born! I know I already have a delicious chocolate peanut butter cookie recipe or three on the blog, but these ones are pretty awesome too! They have the texture of a chocolate chip cookie, but the flavor is a delicious blend of chocolate and peanut butter. Super delicious and super easy!

Quick Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

8 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment or spray with cooking spray. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and peanut butter. Add the brown sugar and sugar, and beat until fluffy. Add the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk, and beat until smooth. In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, and baking soda, and add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Fold in the peanut butter chips and dark chocolate chips. Shape the dough into one inch balls and flatten slightly. Bake 11-13 minutes. Let rest on baking sheets 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.

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