Friday, May 1, 2009

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

from Smitten Kitchen

Peanut Butter has got to be one of America's greatest accomplishments. The majority of Europe really doesn't know what it is missing (although they did invent Nutella, which is pretty close to perfection). What peanut butter they do sell here really doesn't cut it (expensive and weird tasting), so I can see why people here don't have a good impression.

In an attempt to gently persuade my Finnish friends into seeing the virtues of peanut butter, I sought this recipe out. These cookies are great and really hold onto that unique peanut butter flavor all the while being a pretty fantastic cookie.

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup + 1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips (or half peanut butter chips)

Preheat oven t0 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat butter and peanut butter together until fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Add the egg and mix well. Add the milk and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly into wet mixture and then add chocolate chips.

Place 1 Tbsp sugar onto a plate and drop rounded spoonfuls of dough into the sugar, then onto a cookie sheet, leaving several inches between for expansion. Using a fork or spatula, lightly indent or tap cookies (do not overly flatten). Bake for 10 minutes, careful not to overbake. Cookies may appear to be underdone, but they are not.

Cool the cookies on the sheets for 1 minute, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

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