Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut and Milk Chocolate Morsels

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I'm afraid my grandson's aren't fans of the European-style cookies I usually feature here, so it behooved this grandma to get with the program and make something that's worthy of the cookie jar this summer. Longtime readers of my blog know that back in the day my family had a cookie jar we called Alonso. He was named after a pig who achieved some attention in the 40's because he was included in a verse much like the one that featured the Purple Cow.  At any rate, when Alonso was empty my mother would declare that it was time to feed the pig and he would be stuffed again.  The need to feed the proverbial pig led me  to the library in search of kid-friendly cookie recipes. I did some poking around and found the recipe for these peanut butter cookies in the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook.  This is a sweet and very interesting cookie. The cookies have  crisp edges,  but a soft, almost cake-like interior that's given some texture by the nuts and morsels that are folded into the dough. While the cookie is too sweet for my taste, the Silver Fox and the neighborhood cookie monsters have assured me that these will be perfect for the grandchildren, so space was made for them in my luggage and a batch of them made the trip east with us. Those of you who have a demanding sweet tooth will really enjoy these cookies. I hope you'll give them a try. Here's the recipe.

Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut and Milk Chocolate Morsels...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup chunky peanut butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large eggs
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter morsels ( peanut butter chips)
1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1/4 cup sugar ( approximately, for rolling)

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
3) In a large bowl, beat butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy.
4) Add both types of sugar and beat until smooth. Add egg, milk and vanilla extract and mix well. Add flour mixture and beat thoroughly. Stir in peanut butter and milk chocolate morsels. Stir in peanuts.
5) Refrigerate dough for 10-20 minutes. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into a bowl of granulated sugar.
6) Place onto ungreased cookie sheets, at least two inches apart. Using a fork, lightly indent with a criss-cross pattern (do not over flatten).
7) Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake. Cookies may appear to be underdone but they will continue to bake after removed from oven.
8) Cool cookies on the sheets for 1 minute, then remove to a rack to cool completely.
Yield: 3 dozen cookies.

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Mickey said...

Lucky grandkids, you're a great grandma :)

Alicia said...

They're also a very pretty cookie! I wish I could afford to eat such a sweet cookie. But at least I can look at the picture on your blog and dream of how good they must taste :)

Katarina said...

I love your story of Alonso :) And the peanut butter cookies looks and sounds delicious!

Ana Regalado said...

That peanut butter cookies look delicious ! I'm sure your grandson's really happy with these yummy cookies ! :D

Rambling Tart said...

You are such a lovely grandma. :-) These sound delicious, and if I were your granddaughter I'd be pleased as punch to gobble them up. :-)

Banana Wonder said...

Ah, I'm sure your grandchildren will grow up and reminisce and end up loving Euro style cookies. In the meantime, these cookies are making me droooool!

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

A beautiful story to go with moreish delicious cookies?
A perfect post :D

Choc Chip Uru

Angie's Recipes said...

They are so delicious! Can't resist peanut butter at all.

MaryMoh said...

Those cookies look really gorgeous. I love peanut cookies. I won't stop at one :D You are just such an awesome grandma! Hope you have a fabulous day. Mary.

Kim said...

I know someone (my man) who would looooooovvvveeee these cookies. Also, i would have to say that I would taste one or two of these...

Unknown said...

Mmmmm.. peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips? How can that be bad? I bet the grandkids loved these. I don't know if I had heard your story of Alonso before.. very cute!

Ellen B Cookery said...

That is so sweet of you to make cookies for your grandchildren. I'm sure they will love this recipe!

Shug said...

gosh...those cookies are so perfect looking...big, round, and full of great goodness!
Who wouldn't love a cookie like this?
have a good day.

Suzie said...

Like the pig story :) These are probably too sweet for me also, but I know a lot of kids who would adore them!

From the Kitchen said...

I'm impressed that you packed up cookies for you trip! Wait, I've packed homemade eggplant dip and crackers before. We do what we have to do. I'll bet TSA could have a "field" day with our suitcases.


A Sunflower Life said...

Your grandsons will love these cookies! So will I! Can't wait to try them. Enjoy your visit.

Jane said...

I love the story of Alonso! The cookies look sooo good, great picture!

Dining Alone said...

haha I love the feeding the pig story, and I know I would love these cookies!

Sarah B. said...

I love peanut butter cookies!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I think my kids would favor these over European cookies too. Lucky grand kids and yummy cookies!

Sue/the view from great island said...

These look like the perfect cookie, you can never go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!

Priya Suresh said...

Yum yum,super scrumptious and quite addictive cookies.

Susan..... said...

Hope you are enjoying the east coast. At least the weather broke this weekend and we are back to normal. I also am baking cookies. I think the lower temp has tricked me into thinking a hot oven would be worth some homemade chocolate oatmeal cookies. I wanted to add peanuts but hubby said too much is not a good thing...lol. I think he would change his mind if he saw these cookies.
Enjoy your trip.

Joanne said...

Apparently your grandsons and I have similar tastes because I know I would LOVE these!!

Ellen Whyte said...

This would be great to make with kids. Nice potentially messy fun.

David said...

Mary, We had a cow cookie jar when I was growing up. Those cookies that you made look great and if they were in this house, very few would survive to find themselves being stored in Alanso! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Blond Duck said...

I really like chewy, cakey cookies.

Melinda said...

I see what you mean about the sweetness. There is a lot of suger in the recipe. But they do look good.
Have a safe trip!


Spike said...

Your grandsons are soooo lucky. Do you want to be my grandmother? I promisse I will eat the cookies you make :-) They look fantastic

mari carmen said...

Seguro que los nietas están encantados con su abuela...y las galletas muy ricas besos

Veronica Miller said...

Nothing is too sweet for me and I love how soft these look! They are perfect I know the grandkids will love them.

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