Oh wow. This has been a week full of white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate with hazelnuts and even 99% cocoa chocolate. My kids have been eating it on their bread for breakfast (they’re half Belgian), straight up for snacks and even popping a few Easter eggs for bedtime snack. I’ve declared it “chocolate week” and I want them to enjoy it to its fullest. Plus, I want it all out of my house by next week when they return to school and I return to my no-sugar lifestyle.
But it’s not all bad. From what I’ve been reading dark chocolate is the new super food that can help with everything from depression to anemia (my pharmacist told me that the other day). And I recently found out dark chocolate can actually prevent tooth decay.
To put a little protein into their chocolate diet I decided to make them some Peanut Butter Cookies with, you guessed it, chocolate. Usually I don’t make peanut butter cookies due to the extortionate price of peanut butter over here (I pay 6 euro for a tiny jar) but since I was brought a huge jug from America I thought I would use some of it to make these delicious cookies.
All of my Italian and European friends aren’t familiar with Peanut Butter cookies and even look slightly disturbed by the thought of them. But once they try them they usually can’t get enough. These cookies are rich, buttery and have a slight saltiness to them. I love them to no end. And you will to.
Read on for recipe…
Peanut Butter Cookies
1/2 cup (100 g) white sugar
1/2 cup (100 g) dark brown sugar
3/4 cup (170 g) butter
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 (185 g)cup peanut butter
2 cups (185 g) white flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
chocolate chips/chunks for tops of cookies
1. Cream butter with sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in Peanut butter. Add egg and vanilla and beat to combine.
2. In separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda and salt.
3. Fold flour mixture into butter mixture.
4. Roll dough into balls and put on greased cookie sheet. Slightly press down cookies with spoon or hand. If desired, place chocolate chunks or chocolate chips on top of unbaked cookies.
5. Put in oven 350 degree F (180 degree C) for about 10-12 minutes (I like to slightly under bake my cookies so they remain slightly chewy). Take out and leave to cool on wire rack. .
Recipe adapted from Joy of Baking.