Thursday 13 March 2008

Peanut Butter Chip Choc Cookies

After making cookies to share with my friend over the weekend, I realised that its been a while since I baked cookies for the Monday Munchers and so decided that chocolate cookies would be this weeks treat.

These cookies are basically the well known Tollhouse Cookies but with a twist. I wanted to make chocolate cookies and so replaced some of the flour with cocoa powder and added peanut butter filled smartie style chips in place of chocolate chunks. The peanut butter chips not only showed up well against the dark cookie but also added to the fun of eating them as they provided little shots of peanut flavour in every bite, which was a novelty to the Monday Munchers as I don’t think we have peanut butter chips here in the UK, so people became quite excited by them. The ones I used were given to me by Gigi from America. If anyone knows where I can get these in the UK then please let me know.
I sat on the floor and watched them baking, it was interesting the way they spread into chocolaty pools before puffing up and baking into thick cookies. Somehow I always imaged they would turn from dough to cookie without the melting part in the middle, but I don’t suppose they would spread out into cookie shape otherwise – random comment I know! The cookies themselves were soft and chewy with a strong cocoa flavour. Next time I might try making mini ones and sandwiching them together with peanut butter for extra indulgence.

Peanut Butter Chip Choc Cookies
110g butter
50g caster sugar
75g soft brown sugar
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla
100g plain flour
25g cocoa powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g peanut butter chips or choc chips

Preheat the oven to 175C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
Cream together the butter and both the sugars until light and well combined.
Beat in the egg and vanilla.
Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and bircab and beat until just combined. The mixture will be quick thick but don’t worry.
Stir through the peanut butter chips or chocolate chips.
Place heaped teaspoonfuls onto the baking tray, leave a 2inch gap between each one.
Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until spread out and lightly puffed up.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire wrack to cool completely.
Repeat the process with any left over cookies mixture.
Makes 14-16 cookies.


Gigi said...

I just love, love, love chocolate and peanut butter together! I just recently baked cookies using the same chips but sans the chocolate. Now, I have to get another bag so I can try your version, which looks way yummier!

Deborah said...

Reeces Pieces are probably my favorite candy, and I can see how they would be even better in cookies!!

Johanna GGG said...

thanks for showing the peanut butter chips - I never see them around in Australia either but often see them in recipes

Anonymous said...

Do you have to torture me this way? Those look and sound interstingly wonderful.

Finla said...

Hi hi i was just imagining yousitting on the floor and looking how the cokies were baked.
Looks delicious. Never heard of this peanut choc chip

Carolyn said...

how spooky I was going to make some peanut butter cookies this week and did not have enough peanut butter - so had to abandon the idea! Although never thought of making chocolate ones!

SaraLynn said...

These look divine! The mini-sandwich cookies sound very good right now!

Pixie said...

Hi katie, sorry i haven't stopped by for a while- look at all these wonderful creations and i LOVE peanut butter, umm, especially when chocolate's involved!

Angel said...

Oh my gosh that is so sad that you don't have peanut butter chips. I'm also from America and you can find them in baking stores, and in any candy aisle. Absolutely love Reeses Pieces!