Monday, January 21, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Hello Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Did you do anything interesting?  I changed my blog a tiny bit. Notice the difference? I changed the header and I also added a background color for a little bit of contrast. I LOVED the plain white, but it can be a little hard on the eyes so I switched it up a bit.  I didn't want it too dark, but this seemed like just enough of a contrast to break up the infinite white. I'd love to add a thin border of some sort or a line down the sides so I can bring back the white, but I'm not web designer, so this is all I've got for now. I learned a little bit back in the day when I took a few classes in college but that information is probably ancient now. It's another thing to add to my growing list of things I want to learn more of.

 I fit it quite a bit of creating time during my two days off. I'm finally getting my creative mojo back. *Knock on wood*  I actually didn't go on the computer very much, which is probably why I actually got some stuff done. Funny how that works, isn't it? It's just so hard peeling myself away from the computer  with the wealth of inspiration.  Or maybe I should say Pinspiration. *Smile* Anyone else have that problem? Surely I can't be alone.

We were all craving sweets on Saturday so I decided to whip up a batch of cookies. I was going to make my usual, Chewy Chocolate cookies,  but I decided to switch it up with these peanut butter and chocolate cookies. I'm glad I did because these were delicious.


2 cups flour
1/2 cup organic cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup of butter
2 cups organic sugar (I use evaporated cane juice)
3/4 cup Natural peanut butter (ingredients is just peanut butter)
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

In a bowl combine, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add peanut butter and mix until combined. Add vanilla and eggs. Add flour mixture slowly until incorporated.

Drop by tablespoon (I use a cookie scoop) onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes until set.

Yields about 48 cookies

*Note - I use organic ingredients because that is my personal preference but you can certainly use "regular" stuff if you don't use organic products.*

Peanut butter and chocolate is the perfect combination and these cookies were the perfect balance of sweet chocolate, and peanut butter. With my sweet tooth and my husbands love of the peanut butter combo, I had to freeze most of them or else they would be gone in a day. Well I hope everyone has a great Monday, I know that's kind of an oxymoron, but make these cookies. Sweets always cheer people up.

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