Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Thursday, December 27


"Here is the scarf
we left years ago like a bookmark,

meaning to return the next day,
having just turned our heads
toward a noise in the bushes,
toward the dinnerbell in the distance,

toward what we knew and did not know
we knew, in the spreading twilight
that returns changed to a changed place." ~ Wyatt Townley, from "Finding the Scarf"

So, 2012, you literally came and went like warm summer breeze.

The rapid passing of time is frightening. Thinking about this phenomenon for too long is taboo. It's a slow-building storm in the back of my wishfully-wistful brain- at it's eye is a mature knowledge that I'm not ready to face- that a year cannot possibly go faster than it's predecessor...right?

Thankfully, cookies exist.

As soon as I bite into a cookie, just about everything feels better. The over-analyzing gets put on hold, the unwashed dishes remain in the sink (at least for the next three minutes), and I feel like a child again. Happy, oblivious of time, and ok with being perfectly imperfect. 

This recipe is the perfect mix of peanut butter and chocolate- the ultimate dynamic duo. The cookies are chewy, gooey (if enjoyed warm!), and just plain wonderful! I kind of love that I love cookies so much. ♥


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
yields about 24 cookies

ingredients
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (that's 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (please do not use low-fat)
3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 Tablespoon honey
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon sour cream (or buttermilk)
12 oz chopped dark chocolate (milk is okay too, I suppose.)

method
In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; Set aside.

In a stand mixer bowl, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and peanut butter until smooth and creamy- about 3-5 minutes on medium speed. Add both sugars and beat until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, honey, vanilla, and sour cream. Beat on medium speed for about 3 to 5 minutes, scrapping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed until just combined. (Try not to over-mix.) Switch over to a large rubber spatula and stir in the chocolate chunks. Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Measure out about a rounded Tablespoonful of dough for each cookie. Roll the dough a ball and place on the prepared sheets- allowing about 1 1/2-inches of space between each cookie. {Note: You can make a criss-cross pattern using a floured fork but my cookies lost most of the pattern whilst they were baking.}

Bake for 9-12 minutes, or until the edges are just beginning to set. {Note: Don't over-bake the cookies. They might look slightly raw in the middle but will set nicely once cool.} Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to rest on the sheets until they're firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
Enjoy!

adapted from PinFoodly

26 comments:

  1. Those sound and look terrific! The kind of cookie that would not last long at my place.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Oh I love everything about these cookies! Peanut butter, cinnamon, chocolate...I wish I had a few right now :).

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  3. Oh Valerie these look sooo good, I want to take a big bite of one of those or maybe two.

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  4. the perfect mix of peanut butter and chocolate- the ultimate dynamic duo. The cookies are chewy, gooey <---

    YESSSSS!!! to all of that!

    my perfect flavors are PB + chocolate and any time a healthy dose of cinnamon and a variety of textures of chocolate can be worked in, I am even happier. They are stunning, perfect in every way and I want to make them, asap!

    I love that you used dark brown sugar (and who would bake with lowfat PB in cookies! but I know people try! their loss...Lol)

    Pinning!

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  5. Currently wondering how soon I can make and eat these.... more cookie perfection from you!

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  6. Wow these look great! A nice combo of ingredients.

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  7. Wow, you are a woman after my own heart. Chocolate chunk cookies? with peanut butter? Wow!

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  8. Absolutely nothing like the combination of peanut butter and chocolate! Have to try these....soon!

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  9. Yum, Yum, Yum...these are the perfect cookies. If I knew the world is ending tomorrow, these will be my choice (well, just one of many) for dessert! I believe you when you say chewy and gooey...I can feel it from across my screen. Valerie, coming here to your site gives me warm fuzzy feelings like the comfort of home. Thanks for giving me that!

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  10. Wow! This combines all of my favourite things. I noticed that there is a spoon of sour cream? May I ask, what does the sour cream do to the texture? I haven't tested any cookie recipes that have sour cream, and I am really interested to know!

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  11. Hi Yii-Huei Phang, The sour cream is barely noticeable in this recipe, I think it just gives the cookies a very subtle creaminess and helps bind everything together. :D

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  12. Yes, thank goodness for cookies! Time does stand still during those few bites, doesn't it? I also kinda want to eat the cookies in that setting up there... and that light...

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  13. Oh yes, thanks for sharing such a wonderful cookie recipe-I think I'm falling in love with these cookies too;)

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  14. You are a cookie fiend! So many glorious cookie recipes - the queen of cookies. Chocolate and peanut butter are great companions.

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  15. yes, a cookie like this makes everything better. this seriously looks and sounds like my ideal cookie, and i think it'll be the next cookie i make. happy holidays, valerie! xoxo

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  16. I agree! Biting into a cookie makes everything feel better :)
    These look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. gorgeous cookies, and i too am in disbelief that it will be 2013 in just a few days - where does the time go??

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  18. Oh my goodness, these look amazing - I just showed my husband what a marvelous job you do with presentation, BRAVO, BRAVO!

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  19. These is nothing quite like a warm chocolate chip cookie...except perhaps one that includes peanut butter and cinnamon! These are a delight!
    Wishing a wonderful 2013!

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  20. What a beautiful post. I love the poem, and the cookies look great too. I'm tempted to make some today!

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  21. These cookies were delicious!!!! Thanks for the great recipe. I made them up and put them on my blog... http://www.sweetsforsami.blogspot.com/2013/01/peanut-butter-cinnamon-chocolate-chip.html

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  22. Peanut butter and chocolate chunks? Are you trying to drive everyone crazy?!? You are seriously the best cookie baker and I always love your cookie photos!!! Happy New Year Val!!!

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  23. I made these today. They are a hit. I didn't have choc chunks so I just used chips, and sadly, didn't have a ton of patience so I only let them chill for 4 hours. They turned out great all the same. Nice twist on a family favourite!

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  24. @Anon, the refrigeration time is hard to endure...I usually treat myself to dough whilst waiting. :D

    So happy to hear that these cookies were a success!!

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Happy Baking!
♥ Valerie

 

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