Wednesday, October 23

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

In the words of Mary Berry, "These are a little bit of alright!"

It was a dark and dingy day in the house, the work load was getting to each and everyone one of us, and the boys were (as always), hungover.

But do not fret... Emily has a secret weapon up her sleeve for such times of woe!




Whilst on holiday in America, my mum and I visited a local supermarket for general supplies, here I came across a miracle. A baking miracle.

Reese's Peanut Butter Chips.. ALLELUIA!

I had seen these in Harvey Nicholls in Leeds, yet at £6 a pop, I decided to leave them behind. However, at only $2 (£1) each for a gigantic packet in Walmart, my mum and I ram-packed our suitcases full of these beautiful baking essentials.
You truly have not lived until you have tried these.... I mean... IT'S PEANUT BUTTER IN A CHIP!?!


I swear to any of my readers out there, if you are having a low day, if life is getting you down, or if you simply feel like stuffing your face full of a delicious treat- then these bad boys are for you.
The whole batch disappeared with 10 minutes, if that is not an indicator of their deliciousness, then so help me!

To make your own Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies, you will need:

- 250g unsalted butter at room temperature
- 300g light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- Strong splash of vanilla extract
- 375g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 375g Peanut Butter Chips (Or just plain chocolate chips for a non-peanut butter recipe)
- 200g of chopped up milk chocolate

(Makes around 3 dozen cookies)


Preheat the oven to 180C and line a couple of baking trays with parchment.
In a bowl, beat the butter on a medium high speed until fluffy, then add the sugars and beat again until well combined.
(Scraping down the sides throughout with a spatula helps this recipe a lot!)


Add the eggs and vanilla extract, then beat well again.


Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl.


And once again (see a similarity here?!), beat well again until evenly mixed and you are left with this beautiful creation. Sweet, soft, creamy... Oh cookie dough. How I love thee!


Add in the chocolate chunks and the 'secret ingredient'!
(Don't fret if you are without these miracle morsels, add a good few hundred grams of peanut butter- crunchy of course! Or just plain/white chocolate chips for some variation.)


Give it all a good stir with a spatula until evenly dispersed.


Then, a spoonful at a time, plop a dollop onto a space on the baking tray. If you would like similar sized cookies, weigh each one. (The best way to do this is to weigh the spoon without any dough, and then once again with the dough. For a good sized cookie, try around 40-50g, or around 70g for a whopper.)


Bake these in the oven for only 10 minutes, and I dare you not to burn your tongue on them as soon as they emerge.


I already have my mum sending up another bag of peanut butter chips in the post, the boys have demanded (no not asked, demanded) that these come out of the oven again soon, and by George I'm going to!
I'm not usually a great cookie fan or maker, but these bad boys...


I don't think words can convey the molten chocolate, buttery, squidgy goodness.
I'm drooling just writing this post.
In the words of Fat B*****d from Austin Powers... "GET IN MA BELLY!" (Pretty please!)


It's mouthfuls like this that take away the torrential downpour outside, the looming essay deadlines and the constant life woes.
You don't need boys, you don't need good marks... You just need a big old plate of these!
(Well, that's what I'm telling myself anyway!)


Happy Baking everyone! 
I hope you all enjoyed the Great British Bake Off final yesterday as much as I did- It just gets better every year doesn't it?!
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8 comments

  1. As a kid, I would always eat peanutbutter sandwiches with chocolate sprinkles on top. It was heaven. I imagine these cookies being quite the same! Those last few photos have definitely convinced me of their magic xx

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    1. Peanut butter sandwiches with chocolate?! You lucky thing! I just sticked with the standard strawberry jam combination if I was allowed for a treat. Give them a go, a peanut loving fan like yourself will love them! xx

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  2. These look amazing Emily. I wish I had you as a housemate!

    Lucy x

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    1. Haha thanks Lucy! The door is always open to guests :) x

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  3. Well, you can't go wrong with anything in that recipe! I am so obsessed with peanut butter and I've probably tried every make on the market (currently loving Skippy!).

    My husband would adore these so I might give them a try this weekend!

    Caroline x
    Cocktails and Caroline

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    1. If you really are obsessed with peanut butter Caroline- TRY THEM. I'm usually more of a feeder but for these, I had to hoard a plate full just for me in my cupboard. They were too good to share with the boys!
      Let me know how they go if you do :) xx

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  4. yum yum yum yum! These look so damn tasty!!

    Good shout Emily!

    Katie <3

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