Thursday, April 28, 2011

Best Darn Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Category: Cookies and Bars
Difficulty Rating: Easy

Do you like peanut butter and chocolate? Then you like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Reese's Pieces, and occasionally dipping a spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar and then sprinkling it with chocolate chips. What? You never tried that? Oh well....maybe it's just me!

These are my best " boy cookies". I mean, if you give a boy one of these they are pretty much happy for 24 hours. I give these to boys that help me haul things, or rake things, or leap tall buildings at a single bound. That kinda stuff.

I know Laura Scudder's peanut butter is in the picture, but actually any peanut butter that is not natural is easier to work with. I like the way Peter Pan tastes, and often use Skippy when it's on sale. I also almost always use (this is mui importante) Guittard milk chocolate chips. They are soooo good with peanut butter because they aren't as bitter as regular chocolate chips! Ooey-gooey-chewy!

Ingredients:

1/2 C granulated sugar
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1/2 C peanut butter
1/4 C shortening
1/4 C butter, softened
1 egg
1 1/4 C flour
3/4 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 bag chocolate chips (preferably Guittard milk chocolate chips)

Directions:

Mix sugars, peanut butter, shortening, butter and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm. Heat oven to 375 degrees. shape dough into 1 1/4--inch balls. Place about 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten in crisscross pattern with fork. Bake 9-10 minutes until light golden brown. cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

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