Well, I gave a shot to both of those missions with these tasty little bites of heaven. I know for certain that I achieved the second mission, but the jury is still out on the first. (Tangent: Thirty of our secondary students are finishing the last three weeks of the school year with a photography intensive where they get to exclusively study...you guessed it...photography. I have learned more in the last 24 hours about aperture, ISO, f-stops, shutter speed, perspective, contrast, shadows, light, and more than I ever imagined possible. I love my school!)
Because the other one that lives here was traveling to Boston and New York--my two favorite cities--without me, I wanted to send him with a delicious baked good to savor and enjoy. I knew it needed to be able to travel well, so cheesecake, pie, and cupcakes were obviously out. As a result, I arrived at cookies as a viable option. From there, I decided I needed something soft, yet chewy, and non-standard. The Result = Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies.
I have never created my own baked good recipe before for fear of chemical explosions in the oven. I will not be shy, however, when I openly admit that my first attempt was a wild success. The east coast traveler texted the following, "Holy hell. These cookies give Otis and Mrs. Fields a run for their money." Victory!!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies:
Invented by yours truly...
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 package of vanilla pudding mix (3.4 ounces)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup peanut butter chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar until smooth.
- Add the egg, vanilla, and milk. Mix to combine.
- Add the vanilla pudding mix and combine.
- Add, but don't mix the cocoa powder.
- Sift together the flower, baking soda, and salt.
- With your mixer on low, slowly add the sifted dry goods to the bowl. Mix until just combined.
- Mix in the peanut butter chips.
- Form into tablespoonish sized balls and place a little bit apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Cook for 10-12 minutes, until just set.
- Remove and place on rack to cool.
- Otis and Mrs. Fields, eat your heart out.