Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Double Chocolate or Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I've had a hankering for chocolate chocolate cookies for some time now. This recipe from Allrecipes.com seemed to fit the bill perfectly. Then, when I went to the cupboard to grab the chips, a bag of Reese's peanut butter chips caught my eye. On impulse, rather than adding chocolate chips, I added the Reese's. It yielded a fantastic outcome! Chocolatey-peanutty goodness! I used a handmixer for the liquid, then stirred in the rest. Next time, I may use my stand mixer as it was extremely difficult to mix in the chips.

Unfortunately, I neglected to take pictures before packing them up to ship to my husband's coworkers in Afghanistan (and devouring them). Here's the stock picture from Allrecipes. Imagine a similar-looking cookie but with peanut butter chips.

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (or other flavored)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 48 cookies

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