Friday, 12 August 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

I have always thought that candy company Reese's had the right idea by combining chocolate and peanut butter.  I love their products whether it be the peanut butter cups, Reese's pieces, and don't even get me started on the Nutrageous bars (heaven)!  So I have had a bag of their peanut butter chips in my cupboard for a while now and took a notion to make cookies after work yesterday.  The chips are not that easy to come by and UK sellers who stock them usually charge a bit for delivery (especially to Northern Ireland) but they are a nice little treat for every now and again.  One seller I found online who had them in stock was American Sweets, but sellers on Amazon and eBay sometimes stock them (P&P is usually quite expensive there too).

2 cups plain flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
11/4 cups of butter (room temperature)
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 bag Reese's Peanut Butter Chips

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F)
In a large bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda then set aside.  In a separate bowl cream the butter and sugar until it's light and fluffy.  Add the eggs and vanilla extract and continue beating.  Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until all ingredients are incorporated.  Stir in the peanut butter chips.  Line a few baking trays with greaseproof paper and using a teaspoon, drop cookie dough onto the baking trays allowing room for them to expand.  Bake for 8 or 9 minutes then remove from oven and allow to cool slightly on the baking trays before moving the cookies to your cooling rack to cool completely.  The cookies will flatten slightly during the cooling process.  One batch makes 40+ cookies.

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