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Ultimate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ok, I don’t really want to brag, but I have to. This peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe is THE BOMB! It’s super easy and the results are MMmmmwaaah! Salty-sweet, crunchy-chewy heaven. You’re going to love it!

And, just so you know, today’s travels are going to take us to Alabama, via Vermont and California. No worries. We’ll get there. It’s a pretty short trip.

When I was young and newly married, the women on my mom’s side of the family put together several copies of homemade, handwritten cookbooks which included their favorite “secret” recipes. My Gram gave me one copy for Christmas. I’ve had it since 1976. That’s a long time, in case you’re counting. The recipes are even older than that as most of the contributors to the book, my grandmother, my great grandmothers, and great aunt are all passed and gone. Luckily, my mother and cousin remain and luckily, too, all these ladies’ recipes remain, as well.

Now, I have to admit, there are a few recipes in the book I’ve never tried – like mincemeat pie. I may try it one day, out of curiosity, but I can remember at Christmastime, all my mom’s family coming out to Arizona from Vermont and making mincemeat pie. Nope. I wasn’t going to eat that. I was a very picky eater, to say the least. It’s probably sacrilegious to say so, but I didn’t care for the venison jerky they brought out, either. I apologize to their ghosts if their ghosts ever read this. One thing about food blogs, though, is most people don’t really read them. They just look at the pictures and skip to the recipes. I figure, if live folks don’t read them much, ghosts probably don’t, either. So, I’m safe and nobody’s feelings will get hurt.

Mrs. Booth’s Peanut Butter Cookies

One of the recipes in the book is from my great Gramma “B” in California titled “Mrs. Booth’s Peanut Butter Cookies” and it’s dated 1925. That’s almost 100 years ago! I have no idea who Mrs. Booth was. The “B” in Gramma “B” stood for Beatrice. I searched the family tree and not a Booth in sight. I Googled her and her cookies. Nothing. Whoever she was, she made one heck of a peanut butter cookie. I doubt she made it in 1925, though, because the peanut butter cookie hadn’t been invented, yet. More than likely, Gramma B meant 1935.

The recipe is just basically a list of ingredients and cursory instructions to cream everything, a lot. Like you’re making a pound cake or something. There was no yield, no oven temperature or cooking time, but I gave it my best shot. I mean cookies are cookies, right? And, 350° F is pretty standard. I baked them for 12 minutes and they weren’t quite done, but by 15 minutes they were just perfect. Slightly crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle. Just like I like them.

Crispy, crunchy, chewy, salty and sweet. You’re going to love this peanut butter chocolate chip cookie.

I like putting all of my recipe ingredients in little bowls and pretending I’m on television. I get all Rachel Ray-ish and put EVOO in everything or I start bamming all over the place like Emeril. Sometimes, I scare the dog, but mostly nobody notices.

Seriously, though, it’s a good idea to get all of your ingredients together and measured out before you start making a recipe. This concept is called mise en place and it’s a great habit to get into. That way, you know for sure you have everything you need for your recipe before you get half of the ingredients mixed and realize you don’t have any peanut butter or you’ve only got one egg and need two.

Mise en place – Ultimate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients

Birth of the Ultimate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

The first time I made this recipe I realized creaming everything, a lot, didn’t work out so well. The cookies spread to kingdom come. So, that was the first adjustment I made to the recipe. The next time, I creamed the butters and sugars like a total of 3 or 4 minutes, instead of “until light and fluffy” like a cake. When the dough was all assembled, I also put it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. It worked. The cookies still spread, of course, there’s a lot of fat in them, but they spread much less. They held a nice round cookie shape.

Ultimate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough in a Bowl
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Another adjustment I made was to use “super crunchy” peanut butter. I like nuts in my cookies and using crunchy peanut butter in peanut butter cookies is a very easy way to get them. Lastly, I added chocolate chips. The slightly salty peanut butter cookie married to the sweet chocolate chips was a match made in heaven. The ULTIMATE Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe had been born. A juxtaposition of old and new. Mrs. Booth’s delicious, chewy peanut butter cookie recipe, along with my tweaks nearly a century later. I think that’s kind of cool. I wish Gramma B were here to taste them. Mrs. Booth, too!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cairn

It’s important to know the roots of your food. Whenever I’m working on a recipe, I like to know where it got its beginnings. Who invented it, why, and whatnot. Knowing these things grounds the food in time. Gives it provenance. Makes it more meaningful. Sure, you don’t need a lot of meaning to enjoy a decadent treat. You just eat it. Then you eat another. Then, you swear you’re not going to eat any more before you find yourself sneaking into the kitchen at midnight for just one more. Still, it’s nice to know where things come from so we can appreciate the people who contributed so many good things, like cookies, to the world.

Way back in the day, circa 1925 in Alabama, (see I told you were were going to Alabama), George Washington Carver put together a cookbook featuring, among 102 other things, three peanut cookie recipes. He was trying to promote peanuts as an alternative crop after the boll weevil did a number on cotton. Seems to prove my theory that you can motivate a lot of people with cookies. Like, you can change an entire agricultural industry on the promise of a really good cookie, right?

Anyway, sometime in the early 1930s peanut butter showed up as an ingredient in peanut cookies. Carver’s plan worked. Peanuts and peanut butter cookies everywhere. Well, maybe not everywhere, but you know what I mean. Lots of cookies. Shortly, thereafter, the famous fork pattern came into being. Peanut butter cookie dough was dense and using a fork to flatten the cookies prior to baking was almost a requirement. The pattern emerged as the exclusive brand of peanut butter cookies. The dough in this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is not dense. It does not need to be smashed down with a fork. I just gently press the balls into a 1 inch high disc using the back of a spoon and the oven does the rest. Besides, fork lines and chocolate chips don’t match. So there’s that.

A Few Notes About the Recipe

It’s important to only put eight dough balls on a cookie sheet at a time. The cookies, even with less whipping and the refrigeration, still spread quite a bit. In fact, they’re kind of huge.

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough balls flattened on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
Stagger 8 dough balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Using the back of a spoon, flatten the dough balls down to 3/4 to 1 inch thickness.

You also need to make sure to not smash the dough too much. This also helps reduce spreading. Only smash them down about 3/4 to 1 inch high.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Press the dough ball down with the back of a spoon until it is 3/4 to 1 inch thick and garnish with extra chocolate chips.

Here’s a photo to show you just how big these cookies get.

Place only eight doughballs on cookie sheet as the cookies spread and need a lot of room.

I know you’re going to love these cookies. The recipe is super easy and so delicious. Please, if you’ve made this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think. Just rate it on the recipe card and/or leave a comment below. And, if you love this recipe, Pin it, or share it with your friends. Thanks.

Enjoy… 🙂

Want more peanut butter and chocolate chip goodness? Try my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe.

Ultimate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Kimberly Scott Course: Dessert, SnacksCuisine: SouthernDifficulty: Easy
Servings

24

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

169

kcal

These giant peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are soft, chewy, crunchy, and gooey, with a delicate crispy edge. They’re everything you want in a cookie. The only challenge is it’s very hard to stop eating them.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)

  • 1 cup peanut butter, crunchy or super crunchy

  • 1 cup white granulated sugar (223 grams)

  • 1 cup brown sugar (167 grams)

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 cups all purpose flour, sifted (240 grams)

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 Tablespoons milk

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (plus extra for garnishing the tops of cookies)

Directions

  • Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Prepare two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (You will bake the cookies one sheet at a time, but it’s good to have a cool cookie sheet to load up with cookie dough while the other one is in the oven.)
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter on high speed for about 1 minute. Then add peanut butter and cream well. About 1 more minute. Stop and scrape sides of bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
  • With mixer running, stream in white sugar. Once that is thoroughly mixed into the butter and peanut butter, add brown sugar. Continue on high for about one minute or until mixture is uniform and creamy, scraping bowl sides as needed.
  • Reduce mixer speed to medium. Add vanilla and eggs and mix until incorporated. Again, stop to scrape bowl sides with rubber spatula as needed.
  • Reduce mixer to 2nd speed and, alternately, add flour mixture and milk mixing well after each addition. Scrape bowl sides and mix until all flour and milk is incorporated with no flour remaining visible.
  • Fold in chocolate chips with a rubber spatula or large spoon distributing them evenly throughout the dough.
  • Leave dough in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator for, at least 1 – 2 hours. You can leave the dough overnight, if you prefer. If you don’t want to wait to chill the dough at all, just know warmer dough will make much thinner cookies.
  • Create dough balls with a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop. If you don’t have a scoop, make the balls about the size of a golf ball. Try not to handle the dough too much as your warm hands will melt the butter in the dough causing the cookies to spread more.
  • Stagger 8 balls on a cookie sheet. Then, using the back of a spoon, gently press balls down to about 3/4 to 1 inch thick.
  • Garnish the tops of the cookies with extra chocolate chips to make them pretty and bake one cookie sheet at a time for 15 minutes or until slightly brown on the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on the cookie sheet placed on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Then remove the cookies from the cookie sheet and place them directly on the cooling rack to finish cooling.

Notes

  • Creamy peanut butter may be substituted for chunky peanut butter.
  • Don’t use peanut butters that separate in the jar, like “natural” peanut butters.
  • If you place two cookie sheets at a time in the oven, be sure to rotate them from front to back and top to bottom halfway through the cooking time.
  • Once cookies are completely cooled, store them in a cookie jar or an airtight container. To keep cookies soft, after a couple of days, place a slice of bread at the bottom of the cookie jar. Or, place cookies in a zip type plastic bag with a half slice of bread. Wait a day or two to add the bread.


One Comment

  1. Love the history. Photography is beautiful, sounds like a must try recipe

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