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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Greetings from sunny Washington D.C.! I’m happy to report that we are having a great time on our  Griswold Family Vacation and the mother has not lost her sanity yet. We visited Abe Lincoln yesterday and today we’re off to the Smithsonians after a gi-normous vacation-worthy breakfast!

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For our long roadtrip I packed these Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter cookies. They are a family favorite and my go-to recipe when supplies are running low at home and I am down to one egg! The recipe hails from one of these little recipe magazines that you see in the checkout aisle at the grocery store – – – anyone else a sucker for these??? This one is about 10 years old and I use it all the time – I think I got my money’s worth!
I love that the cinnamon in this recipe shines through.
Mmmmmmm I wish we had some left so I could munch on one while I write this post.

To make these cookies, you will need:
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Teddie All Natural, smooth)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups (12 oz. package) semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup coarsely chopped peanuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and peanut butter in large bowl until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Mix flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl, then add to butter/sugar mixture.
(note: I never premix dry ingredients first (see photo below) so I don’t have to clean another bowl, and somehow my baking always turns out pretty darn good if I do say so myself. I get the gist of why you’re supposed to mix your dry ingredients first, but I don’t find it makes much of a difference. Do you?)
Stir in chocolate chips and peanuts, if using.
Use a cookie scoop or drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 7-10 minutes until edges are just turning golden.
Let cool for a couple of minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
Yeah baby. Come to mama!
Don’t eat me!!!! Okay, okay, eat me. I’m yummy.
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Val

Tuesday 19th of April 2011

I'd love these cookies right now with a big glass of milk.....

Leslie

Tuesday 19th of April 2011

These cookies look amazing! I'm a sucker for chocolate and peanut butter combination! This is my first time to visit your blog and I'm glad I did. Have a blessed night:)

Kristin

Monday 18th of April 2011

i wish i had one while i was reading this post! :D

combining two of my favorite things into one cookie?! yes, please!

so glad that you guys are having a great vacation! family vacations are honestly my favorite memories... and something i still love to do!