Thursday, April 14, 2016

Peanut Butter Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookie

Let's start with little kids and a freshly painted, uncurtained view of the world!

And a hug....

And a meal, shared...

This station break has been brought to you by The Mighty Finn and Princess Morgan of the Canal.

And now, back to our show!!!

This is an amazing cookie.

This is a 5-star creation.

I don't say that lightly, but it passed the son-in-law look of true amazement test AND the after-school kids' fist-pumps of approval certification.

And it's simply a variation of my ever-popular chocolate chip cookie recipe.

So let's get started:

Oven is at 350°....

I love using airbake-style cookie sheets, they give the best evenly cooked results in my convection oven, but each cook knows her oven best! And if you cook these on parchment paper, you get a softer bottomed cookie, less crisp, more chewy. All according to taste! (Mr. Butter did not appear in this picture at his own request, but he was present in the recipe. Crews are standing by to ascertain why Mr. Butter boycotted the photo op, but he is running a vital campaign (according to sources) and is not expected to drop out).

2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
2 sticks soft butter (1 cup or 1/2 lb.)
1 Tbsp. vanilla
4 eggs
1 1/3 cups crushed peanuts
1 cup peanut butter

Mix butter and sugars, blend together. Add eggs and vanilla, mix again. Add chopped peanuts and peanut butter, mix again. (THIS TASTES AMAZING. IT HAS RAW EGG. OF COURSE I DIDN'T TASTE IT.)  :)

Add in:

6 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 teaspoon salt.

Mix thoroughly with dough hook until all flour mixture is incorporated.

Add 2 12 oz. bags Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips.

Drop by rounded spoons full onto cookie sheet. Bake until slightly golden around the edges.




Everyone loved them. I didn't have chunky peanut butter, and it doesn't really have enough chunks for this, you want those fun bits of peanut in every bite...

And now this....

Girls' Club.

They barricaded the entry and made signs and began to develop an organization which lasted about two days before the War of the Forts began and the girls began infiltrating the boys' space in the other room...

It became a Psycho-Socio Behavioral Study of the Highest Order, or...

Why girls can't stop pestering boys and vice versa.

And so it begins!

I was late inserting the pics in this.... because of this:

Finance Boy is home for a week! I get to feed him and talk with him and did I mention feed him?

We get to enjoy him for a while, and I'm going to love it, but he is a distraction, bein' so cute and all!

Welcome home, Lukie!!!!

And now I'm back to working on edits.... and tweaking a delightful cowboy story, coming this fall to a bookstore near you!

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  1. Those cookies look delish. TWO STICKS OF BUTTER. EGADS!!!

    1. Tina, the regular recipe calls for four sticks... so I replaced half with peanut butter and peanuts!!! :) Totally not healthy, but oh my stars, so delicious. And they freeze wonderfully, so I can make a big batch and then take them out of the freezer as needed... Like when I'm staring at page after page of edits and wondering if I should possibly look for another line of work, LOL!!!!

      Edits: The Gift that Keeps on Giving!!! :)

  2. I will definitely halve this recipe. I don't cook for a crew like you do, Ruthy. Love all the pics and the catching up and I think peanut butter and chocolate is a divine combination in anything.

    1. Yayuh! How can we say no to peanut butter and Ghirardelli?????? Good morning, Kav!!!!

  3. Peanut butter and chocolate chips?! Sign me up. Can't wait to try these, Ruthy.

    1. Mindy, I'm not exaggerating when I say that Jon's face lit up.... he was the happiest son-in-law ever, and because he has to deal with me on a regular basis, keeping him happy is a good thing!!!! :)

  4. How can you do this to me? Just when I've decided NO. MORE. COOKIES. UNTIL. AFTER. THE. WEDDING.

    I'll have to print and file this recipe.

    They look so amazingly good. :)

    And I love the fort wars. I can hear the screaming from here!

    Have fun with finance boy!

    1. Yes, wait until after the wedding, I totally get it!

      AND THE FORT WARS were hysterical.




      I have declared a moratorium on forts and "clubs" for the moment, at least until they can take the antics outside!!!!

      Yes, darlings!

      Quarrel at will outdoors!!! :)

  5. First: YUM! I want those cookies!
    Second: Cute kids photos!! Including Luke!
    Third: That is a lot of eggs on your counter! What are you going to do with those???

  6. I second what MISSY said. Yummy! My problem is nothing ever makes it to the freezer!

  7. Oh. My. Word. You said this would be a wonderful variation on an already perfect recipe, and you obviously knew what you were talking about. But there's no molasses in this? Still, I can't resist anything that combines peanut butter and chocolate so I'll definitely have to give it a try.

    Can't resist those darling children, either. I don't know how you get anything done with such photogenic cuties around. They are adorable.

  8. Oh, yes! I want. Too bad I don't feel like baking. :(

    I'll just pretend I'm eating them.

  9. Oh, these look so tasty!! My twelve year old has taken over making cookies. He's made snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, PB, and oatmeal cranberry in the last few weeks. He makes a double batch and brings them to his baseball practices. I told him that I KNOW what he's doing. He laughed and said, "Everybody loves me. You have to love the guy who brings cookies, right?"