Saturday, November 14, 2009

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies

What a surprise! I have made dessert! And it combines peanut butter with chocolate! I swear I make other things sometimes. Sometimes.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies
makes 6 cookies; takes about 30 minutes with optional chill time; 15 without

1/4 cup flour
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp peanut butter (preferably crunchy; if not, add chopped peanuts)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Coarse salt (optional)
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, soda, powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. Stir melted butter with sugar until sugar is nice and wet. Add yolk and vanilla, mix well, then add peanut butter. Mix until smooth. Stir in flour mixture, then chocolate chips (and optional chopped peanuts). Form into 6 balls, place them on a plate and press down to flatten slightly. Sprinkle tops with a little bit of coarse salt. Stash in the freezer for 15 minutes. (Or go ahead and bake if you must, you impatient fool.)
  3. Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Bake for 10 minutes and remove to cool slightly before enjoying.
What's up with the salt? Well, I'll tell you. Do you know why you love chocolate chip cookies so much? It's because the dough is nice and salty while the chips are nice and sweet. Your mouth really loves the play of those two tastes together. So up the ante a little by sprinkling coarse sea or kosher salt on top of your cookies right before baking. If you're skeptical, just sprinkle one or two and do a taste test with the non-salted ones. Betcha you'll be doing it a lot more from now on.

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