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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Yasmin Fahr

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I have to admit that baking is not my forte. I used to love baking in high school and would always be popping this or that in the oven, but I fell of that bandwagon once college hit and have stayed off ever since. 

So, when I decided to tackle these cookies, I knew that I had to study up on what I was getting myself into because I was a little rusty.

It might surprise many people to know that I was actually pre-med in college and worked in a hospital lab for a year (I know — big career switch). But that's to say that I am no stranger to exacting measurements and understanding the necessity for precision. You see, baking is much like science, much more than cooking is, and it's all about creating a balance when it comes to cookies.

What is that exactly? Well, I followed Michael Ruhlman's advice of having a 1:2:3 ratio for sugar to fat to flour, and, as he advises, then you can play around with whatever else you want from there. It's also a good idea to have a leavener like whipped egg whites, baking soda, or baking powder. 

So that's what I did for these chocolate peanut butter cookies. Plus follow these tips for making the perfect cookie. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups peanut butter chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar, but don't overmix (it doesn't hurt to have a few, small butter chunks in there). In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and vanilla together. Then add to the butter mixture and combine. Mix in the peanut chips. 

Using a large spoon or 1 tablespoon, scoop up the dough, 1 spoonful at a time and lay about 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven for about 15-17 minutes, depending on your oven and how crispy you like them. 

Nutritional Facts
Servings12
Calories Per Serving491
Total Fat38g59%
Sugar13gN/A
Saturated14g72%
Cholesterol41mg14%
Protein12g24%
Carbs32g11%
Vitamin A129µg14%
Vitamin B60.2mg10.1%
Vitamin D0.3µg0.1%
Vitamin E4mg22%
Vitamin K2µg2%
Calcium47mg5%
Fiber4g16%
Folate (food)44µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)85µg21%
Folic acid24µgN/A
Iron2mg11%
Magnesium94mg24%
Monounsaturated15gN/A
Niacin (B3)7mg33%
Phosphorus211mg30%
Polyunsaturated6gN/A
Potassium317mg9%
Riboflavin (B2)0.2mg10.4%
Sodium90mg4%
Sugars, added8gN/A
Thiamin (B1)0.2mg12.7%
Trans0.7gN/A
Zinc1mg10%
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