Monday, November 14, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookies With Chocolate Chunks

My daughter loves to bake, and begs me at least once a week to bake cookies or cakes. Many times I have to tell her no. It's not because I am a mean mom who doesn't want her daughter to improve her baking skills.  It's because I am a mean mom who doesn't like her to text while she bakes, not paying attention to directions, wasting ingredients, and then leaving a mess in the kitchen for me or her father to clean. (She hears this in the Charlie Brown teacher voice "WaWa Wa WaWa".) 
On one of her many second chance she made Peanut Butter Cookies With Chocolate Chunks, and they turned out amazing. (It's shocking what giving your full attention can do) (:  These cookies were crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside with little bits of melty chocolate chunks hiding in each bite. Not only did her cookies come out delicious she also cleaned up after herself, which earned her another day of baking (:

Peanut Butter Cookies With Chocolate Chunks
From Baked
1 ¾ cup flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup smooth peanut butter
6oz  milk chocolate chunks (I used semisweet)
Sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.
In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the peanut butter and vanilla, beating until just incorporated.

Add half of the flour mixture into the butter mixture and mix for 15 seconds. Add the remaining flour, mixing until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chunks. Cover, and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 375. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Using a small cookie scoop (about 1 tbs), spoon batter onto lined cookie sheet leaving a few inches between cookies. Press the cookie down slightly into a tall disk. Bake in the preheated oven 10-13 minutes, until golden brown.

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