It is Alana’s birthday this weekend!!! She is baking herself a cake (obviously), so I wanted to make something completely different. Alana’s favourite things in life include hammocks and peanut butter, so there was no doubt that this needed to be a peanut butter centred treat. We actually make peanut butter at my house, and like most other things in life the homemade version is vastly superior to the store bought version. I used that with some real vanilla – I’m a broke student who typically uses the artificial stuff – and the resulting peanut butter icing was rather excellent.
CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES (~30 tbsp. size)
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp. flour, sifted
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. white sugar
- 40 g vanilla pudding (powder form)
- pinch of salt
- 114 g butter, melted
- 1-½ tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup Hershey’s chocolate chips
- 2.5 tbsp. milk
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Mix together flour, baking soda, brown sugar, white sugar, and pudding until thoroughly mixed.
- Melt butter completely and mix into flour mixture.
- Add vanilla and chips to mixture, which should be crumbly at this point.
- Add ~2 tbsp. of milk, or until the dough starts to hold together nicely. More milk will lead to a flatter cookie.
- Spoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet using a tablespoon or an ice cream scoop.
- Bake cookies for 9-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway.
- ½ stick (57 g) unsalted butter
- ½ cup icing sugar
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- 65 g peanut butter
- pinch of salt
- Beat butter on a low-medium speed until fluffy.
- Add icing sugar until well combined, and then add vanilla
- Add the peanut butter and salt, and mix at a medium speed until well mixed.*
*I usually warm up the peanut butter a little bit since mine is refrigerated.
I added more peanut butter and a bit of extra salt to cut the sweetness a little bit. You can add milk if desired, but I wanted a slightly stiffer icing.
The amounts used here worked out perfectly. The chocolate I used was milk chocolate, but semi sweet chocolate would be a good idea to make these a little less sweet.