Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

We have just been getting hammered with the winter weather here in Kentucky the last few weeks. It was the frigid temperatures and wind chills, I'm talking like -15 wind chill affect. I don't think I've ever known it to be that cold in our neck of the woods before and I hope it never does again. 
And then there's the snow... 

We got somewhere in the neighborhood of six inches earlier this week and right now, we're getting pelted with an ice storm. Will this winter ever end?  It certainly doesn't feel much like it right now. 

With the Super Bowl Sunday, Juston decided to invite a couple of people over (this was also the same night the massive snow storm hit us), so I decided to make some game day food. We actually grilled out (yes, my husband was the redneck on the back porch, spatula in hand in the middle of a snow storm. No shame in his game).  I always like to have something sweet on hand when we have company coming over, so I decided to make some of my favorite cookies. The recipe is so simple but these things are addicting!

What you need:
2 Medium sized bowls

In the first bowl, mix:
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

In the second bowl:
2 1/2 sticks softened butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
10 ounce package peanut butter chips

Just mix all the ingredients together in the first bowl until they're combined well.  Cream butter and sugar together in the second bowl until it's fluffy. Then add in the eggs and vanilla, blending completely. Slowly stir in flour mixture. about 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well before adding in any more. Fold in peanut butter chips. 

Use a spoon and drop rounded mounds of batter onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes. These should look gooey still when you take them out. Let them sit and once they settle, they're ready to eat. 

I don't like crunchy cookies, but if you bake another minutes or two, they will have a crunchier texture if you like your cookies that way. I randomly found this recipe on the back of some bag of chips and have loved it ever since. It makes quite a few, depending on the size cookie you drop on the sheet, so you probably want to make these when you have people to share with. We took some to our snow plow guys that plow our neighborhood. They're earned them and then some with all the hours they've had to put in this winter.  I'm a terrible picture taker, especially with food, but you get the idea of what it should look like at the various stages of preparation.

Miss Caroline even gave one a taste and she approved. She's getting so funny these days and just so full of it. She's a mess! But in the cutest way. 

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