White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I once had a peanut butter cookie recipe I loved a lot.  It was easy, quick and super chewy.  It was a recipe I learned from a sixth or seventh grade cooking class.   I wrote it down in a notebook pre my computer days, but unfortunately it’s been forgotten and lost somewhere.  I like peanut butter cookies that are sweet and chewy, not dry, bland and hard.  I came across this recipe online and liked the comments it received.  I decided to give it a try except I didn’t have any dark brown sugar.  I replaced it with light brown sugar and also added Nutella because I was in an experimentation mode.  I also used white chocolate chips instead of peanut butter morsels because that’s too much peanut butter for me.  Here’s my version of the recipe:

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (natural/unsweetened)
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Nutella
  • 1  large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease some cookie trays.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. In a mixer’s bowl cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter, Nutella and egg until well combined then add the vanilla extract

4. With a wooden spoon or the mixer on a low setting mix the flour mixture in with the peanut butter mixture in three additions until just combined.

5. Roll out 1.5 tbsp balls of cookie dough and gently flatten with a fork in in a crisscross pattern.

6. Bake for ten minutes, rotating the cookie sheets after five minutes. Let cool on the tray until firm enough to move to a cooling rack.

The verdict?  Hubby says it’s yummy (then again he always says that).  Though soft I still didn’t get the “chewy” factor I was hoping for.  I must find my old recipe next time I’m at my mom’s house!  I remember a lot less flour and more sugar.

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November 25, 2011

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