Monday, November 24, 2008

peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies

peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

I'm kind of a peanut butter freak. The other day I had the hankering, so I made these. I was out of the chocolate chunks, so chips worked just fine. The trick is to underbake them. Here it is, straight from Ina Garten:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temperature

1-1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 extra-large eggs at room temperature

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 cup good smooth peanut butter

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 pound good semisweet chocolate chunks

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla and peanut butter, and mix. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and add to the batter, mixing only until combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks. Drop the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, using either a 1-3/4-inch ice cream scoop or a rounded tablespoon. Dampen your hands, flatten the dough lightly, then press the tines of a wet fork in both directions. Bake for exactly 17 minutes (the cookies will seem underdone). Do not overbake. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

brittip: I think her cookies must be huge--if you're not going to make huge cookies, take them out sooner than 17 minutes; my first batch was dry.


Anonymous said...

It must be a Reeve thing. To be such peanut butter freaks. Wyndam loves P.B. He puts it in his ice cream. Clearly it runs in the family. But none of my kids like P.B. So maybe it skips a generation. :)

andrea said...

best ina garten recipe ever: roasted shrimp and orzo. ho-ly-smokes. unreal. look it up and try it sometime.

MGF said...

First time at your blog. How great it is.

Love the peanut butter too, I made up my own that is very similar but I also add oatmeal. It makes way too much so i freeze half. Than on a rainy day I pull out half and it's yum-o all over again.

Anonymous said...

This makes me laugh because I ate peanut butter by the gallons when I was pregos.

Ha ha


Carrie Ann said...

I love Ina G.
I love peanut butter.
I love you.

My favorite PB treat right now is to get some of those yummy ginger chews and eat a couple of those with a spoon of chunky PB (Adams all natural of course!).

vanessa said...

I love Ina, my 2 fav recipes of hers is her sundried tomato dip and outrageous brownies, they are amazing

Red Seaglass said...

I miss you gosh dangit. Enough said.