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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

In a delicious twist, this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe combines two great cookie flavors: chocolate chips and peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with The Cookie Elf

While most peanut butter cookies are formed into balls and then pressed with fork tines, this cookie recipe is unique in that the batter is soft enough to be prepared successfully as a drop cookie. Chunk-style peanut butter adds a bit of crunchiness to cookies, if that's your preference. Even so, this recipe gives you the crisp texture most often connected to peanut butter cookies. (If you prefer super-soft cookies with this flavor combination, try this recipe's twin, Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies. The main differences between the two are the leavening and the oven temperature.)

By the way, this recipe doubles easily! Good to know to make extras for the freezer (or for a cookie binge.)

Prep time: about 15 minutes

Baking time: 12-15 minutes

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, room temperature

½ cup chunky or smooth peanut butter

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F.

  2. Combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add the egg. Mix until blended.

  4. Gradually stir dry ingredients into creamed mixture, a little at a time, until well blended. Fold in chocolate chips to dough, mixing them in with a large spoon.

  5. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets, 2 inches apart.

  6. Bake 12-15 minutes until cookies are lightly brown around the edges.

  7. Remove cookie sheets from the oven. Allow cookies to sit for 5 minutes before using a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack. Cool completely.

  8. Store cookies in an airtight container.

A Special Tip from The Elf

For an easy, no-mess way to measure peanut butter, coat the measuring cup with cooking spray before you spoon in the peanut butter.


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