I’ve been baking a lot of cookies lately, and most of the time I just go to my old favorites, such as our delicious chocolate chip cookies or amazing snickerdoodles. But this time I decided to try something a bit different because I had a craving for peanut butter cookies. I found this recipe on Gimme Some Oven and then I just added a bag of peanut butter chips. The cookies were delicious!
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy), I used both
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 bag peanut butter chips
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the softened butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Mix in peanut butter until it is incorporated and smooth. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl down after each addition. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add dry ingredients until they are just incorporated and the batter is smooth, being careful not to over-mix. Add the peanut butter chips and stir until combined.
Using a cookie scoop or spoon place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the centers are slightly puffy. Remove from the oven, and then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool. Makes about 30 cookies.
Whew! Long time no see, huh? It seems like every time things start getting busy, blogging flies out the window. Hopefully I’ll be better about posting consistently because we missed you guys!
Wednesday was our sweet Callie’s third birthday!
It’s crazy to think that this was taken nearly three years ago- the majority of the time, she still acts like the adorable little puppy in the photo above.
Last year around this same time, we made Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats as a celebratory treat for Callie’s second birthday, and we thought we’d repost that same recipe now. The funny thing is we normally aren’t the type to make a big deal out of pet’s birthday’s- no cake or presents around here that’s for sure. But these doggie treats are too fun to pass up. Plus, having some leftover canned pumpkin lying around this time of year is a given, so this recipe is perfect for using it up.
Clearly, Callie loved her treats! (This is her “please, please, please! say that it’s okay for me to eat it” face :))
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats
2 1/2 cups flour, I used all purpose but the recipe recommended whole wheat
3 T peanut butter, I used chunky
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350*.
Put all ingredients together in bowl and mix well. I used my KitchenAid mixer. If you need a bit more moisture add water to the mixture one tablespoon at a time. The dough should be pretty dry, so don’t add too much water. I didn’t need to add any water. Once mixed, turn dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to 1/4 to 1/2″ thickness. Cut out to desired shape. Put onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for a total of 40 to 50 minutes. I turned the cookies halfway through the cooking time. Keep in an airtight container.
This has to be one of the easiest recipes we’ve ever posted. But I felt compelled to post it because when I made these brownies the other day, everyone raved about them. We were heading down to the beach to meet some friends and I was cooking up a picnic dinner. I had a craving for brownies and I noticed the peanut butter chips in the pantry and I knew I had to mix the two. Because I was anxious to get to the beach, I cheated and used a box brownie mix. But if I had more time I would have used this delicious, homemade brownie recipe (just take out the Andes mints for a great basic brownie recipe). Instead I grabbed a box mix and then went to town doctoring them up!
Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips
1 box of brownie mix or homemade recipe
Ingredients as listed on box or recipe
1 cup peanut butter chips, divided
1/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
I used Duncan Hines dark chocolate brownie mix and just followed the recipe for chewy brownies. I then added 1/2 cup peanut butter chips to the batter and spread into the pan. I followed the cooking instructions and when there was about three minutes left on the timer, I sprinkled the other 1/2 cup of peanut butter chips and 1/4 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips over the top. I cooked it for the last three minutes and then removed the brownies and let them cool. When you’re cutting the brownies, the chips on top get quite messy if you don’t let them cool completely.
For some reason the brownies turned out pretty flat, but they were delicious and chewy and the perfect dessert for a beach picnic.
I bake cookies all the time but for some reason I don’t normally bake peanut butter cookies. I had a craving for them so I thought I would whip up a batch, however I didn’t read through the recipe completely and realized the dough had to chill in the refrigerator for one hour before baking, so it took quite a bit longer than I had planned. They were worth the wait – next time I might add some chocolate chips but they were delicious just as they were.
Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in eggs.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into batter. Put batter in refrigerator for 1 hour.
Roll into 1 inch balls and put on baking sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern. I sprinkled mine with a bit of sugar. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Do not over-bake.
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.