Tuesday, March 15, 2011

makes three dozen

I baked my nephew cookies today. 

I baked a pan of traditional Peanut Butter first, deciding to throw some chocolate into the remaining batter.  Why not?  Kids like both, right?

Then I remembered my nephew isn't a kid anymore.  He's on his way to being all grown up. 

I think he's grand!

Still, he likes Peanut Butter Cookies...  He likes chocolate...  So he'll probably like Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate.  I bet he'll even like overbaked, Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate.

He'll think they're grand.....and they'll be gone by morning.

Grand Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate 

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2/3 cups chopped chocolate or large chocolate chips

Sift together the flour and the baking soda.  Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend the sugars with the shortening until fluffy.  Add the salt, the egg, and the vanilla, mixing until the egg is incorporated.  Add the peanut butter and continue mixing until combined.

Add the sifted flour and beat only until blended.

Grease two large cookie sheets.  Spoon teaspoonfuls of batter onto one sheet until full.  Flatten the cookies using the tines of a fork, pressing one way and then the opposite way.

Stir the chocolate into the remaining batter.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the second cookie sheet but do not flatten with a fork. 

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 9 to 11 minutes.  When the cookies are done, transfer them to a cooling rack and bake the remaining batter the same way.

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