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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I adore baking! It’s therapeutic and it brings me great joy. One of my all-time favorite things to make are these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies. 2014-09-29 11.28.14 They are soft with just the right amount of peanut butter and chocolate. A glass of milk are these cookies’ best friend.

I discovered this recipe in high school, I think, and had it tweaked to perfection by the time my freshman year of college rolled around. These babies secured me with bodyguards all through my IWU days! 😉 They make great gifts and because the recipe turns out four dozen, one batch goes a long way for a carry-in.

Warning: If you make these for a bunch of teens you should probably make a second batch and hide them in your house because the first batch will disappear!

I have been asked over and over for this recipe. So, here you go, friends:

Jessica’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ tsp salt
2 cups semisweet or dark chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 365 degrees F.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add vanilla and mix well. Next, mix in chocolate chips. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the peanut butter mixture. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. I prefer to spray my pans with Baker’s Joy (the flour and spray in one).
Bake for 10 to 11 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned at the edges. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheets for a minute before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Jess’s notes: I sift the flour, soda and salt together. Also, please notice that I add the chocolate chips in before the flour mixture. Sounds weird, but they mix in better. The batter is lighter and fluffier than the typical cookie dough. Pop it into the fridge in between bake times. Don’t add extra flour or you will not have a soft cookie. Resist the urge. The batter looks different and these cookies TASTE BETTER than your momma’s. You know they do! So, trust me!

**Adapted from this original recipe here.

This is the way to make Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

autumn-free-wallpaper-autumn-path_2560x1600_93197Autumn is here…and so are my allergies! Ugh! But I just stumbled upon a brilliant way to enjoy Pumpkin Spice Lattes at home. I’m sure you’re thinking, “There are tons of recipes on pinterest already for these fall beverages.” This is true, but this is the first recipe that I have seen that makes a batch for the week! That’s why I think it’s brilliant! I pinned this, of course, but for those of you who’d like a link, go visit A Farmgirl’s Dabbles and try out her Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe. Let me know what you think! I’m going to go make it myself!!!

UPDATE: I just made this and it is marvelous! I added more spices than called for and didn’t have whole milk so I used 1 1/2 cups skim milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream. I also had lowfat condensed milk on hand so I used that. I added a bit more brown sugar after tasting the first time, but not much. I’m sure the exact recipe is great, too! I just really like cinnamon and nutmeg. I didn’t even add the whipped cream and chocolate shavings and it is scrumptious! Enjoy!