Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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IMG_6629This week, two of my dear pals moved here from Northern California.  I couldn’t be more excited!  My plan is to get all of the people I love to migrate here.  Step #1:  Bake goods and they will come.

I must admit that this is not a recipe that I got from the recipe box, nor was it from ye ole church cookbook.  I fully stole it from Tasty Kitchen and I’m so glad I did.  They were easy to make, deliciously peanut buttery goodness with a smattering of chocolate.  Who wouldn’t love it?

I couldn’t believe how hard it was to find a good recipe for this cookie.  You would think that since peanut butter and chocolate are such a natural combo, there would be recipes everywhere.  No such luck.  Tasty Kitchen is associated with The Pioneer Woman, and that lady is my jam.  I picked that recipe and didn’t look back.

In addition to the cookies, I thought I would make up a kind of picnic basket for my new pals in town.  I remember moving here less than 2 years ago and what a strung out, exhausting, stressful, exciting move it was.  The last thing I thought about was getting a decent meal, and it probably would have made all the difference.  I wanted to make sure they had a homemade meal in the middle of all the emptying of the moving truck and climbing of the stairs.  I figured that the last thing they would want to do is try and find utensils and plates amongst all the boxes, so I fashioned a meal that could be put together by nature’s utensils:  their hands!

I started out by baking them a loaf of Dill Bread. I thought fresh bread would be a nice touch.  I went to my local supermarket and had the deli slice up some cheese and turkey and put into some baggies.  I also picked up small squeezable bottles of mustard and mayo.  Sandwich taken care of!  I packed up all the cold items with an ice pack and 2 cans of fancy, fruity sparkling soda and tucked them in a large bag.  Adding some napkins and a crunchy delicious bag of Kettle Salt and Pepper chips, I topped it all off with a dozen of the aforementioned Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

We ended up sitting on the ledge in front of their new apartment, eating the homemade picnic in the shade.  I loved being able to welcome them into a new town with something from my kitchen.  It’s just the kind of thing my mom would have done.  I know that we are all our own people, that we have our own convictions, free will, and make our own decisions, but I know for certain that my parents paved the way by modeling for me thoughtfulness and hospitality. (They also modeled silliness, very bad puns, and a love for sardines in mustard.)  Plus, doing something nice for really nice people makes you feel really good.  You should try it some time.IMG_6635

As for my pals, baked goods may not have driven their moving van up here, but they sure as hell will help keep them close.

Oh!  and meet my new best friend, Nina.  Little did they know that I have designs on their cat.  Isn’t she a beauty?  Maybe it’s time I look into baked treats for kitties.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Yield: 48
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Dessert

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Butter Or Margarine (2 Sticks), Softened
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2-½ cups Flour
  • 1-½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 package Chocolate Chips (12 Oz)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Combine butter/margarine, peanut butter, sugars and eggs until well blended.
  3. Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add this mixture to the butter mixture until well blended. Add the chocolate chips.
  4. Roll dough into tablespoon size balls, place on cookie sheet and slightly flatten with three fingers.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes until cracked and slightly golden.

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