Friday, April 17, 2009

CHOCOLATE-PEANUT BLOWOUTS, ADAPTED



Donna, of My Tasty Treasures, posted this awesome recipe from Better Homes & Gardens' website that just looked so very good. I mean, panut butter, honey-roasted peanuts, Reese's peanut butter cups and chocolate chips in a cookie? Yummo. I just had to make these.

I wondered how they would stack up against my all-time fave peanut butter cookie. The cookies are similar, in that they have the same add-ins, but the flavorings are different. My fave has more peanut butter, plus creme de cocoa and cinnamon, an extra egg yolk and cream of tartar. To even things up a bit, I added in some creme de cocoa and cinnamon to this recipe.
Resisting the urge to eat a cookie straight out of the oven, I waited till they cooled a bit, then indulged. These are really, really good cookies. But not as good as my fave. The extra peanut butter, egg yolk and cream of tartar in my fave do something magical to the texture of the cookie that almost defies description. IMHO, I don't think there will ever be a cookie to beat it. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed these cookies and would make them again if I didn't have an extra yolk and cream of tartar. Thanks, Donna, for a great PB cookie recipe! This blog award is for you.


















Chocolate-Peanut Blowouts, Adapted Half Batch
Source: My Tasty Treasures and bhg.com
Rating: 8.5 out of 10

INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup butter or Smart Balance 50/50 Butter blend
1/4 cup peanut butter
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
3 Tbsp. sugar (or 1-1/8 tsp. Stevia)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1/2 egg (1-1/2 tsp.)
2 Tbsp. creme de cocoa (or coffee)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 + 1/8 cup chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)
1/4 + 1/8 cup honey-roasted peanuts
1/4 + 1/8 cup peanut butter cups, frozen, unwrapped, chopped (about 8)

Preheat oven to 350F. In large bowl combine butter and peanut butter with electric mixer on medium speed, 30 seconds. (Note: I mixed by hand.) Add sugars, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; beat till combined, scraping sides of bowl as needed.

Beat in egg and flavorings till combined. Stir in remaining ingredients till combined.

Drop by rounded Tbsp. onto parchment-lined cookie sheet. Flatten cookies slightly with fingers. Bake 10-11 minutes, or till a toothpick inserted near center returns with just a few crumbs. Yield: about 13 cookies

16 comments:

Martha said...

DH would love these -- he considers both peanut butter and chocolate food groups!

Sophie said...

Yum,...Judy! These cookies look divine!
Yum!

Congrats on your award!! Well deserved!

Barbara Bakes said...

This cookie is definitely loaded with goodies!

Donna-FFW said...

Thank you Judy. I love your adaptations.. hey sound terrific. I am glad you rated them so highly, I feel honored.. Thanks agin for trying them, for the shout out, and for the award:)

Linda said...

These look awesome!!! We love anything peanut butter...

I found you by way of Coleens Recipes.... and I'm glad I did...

I will be back... I was looking at few of your cookie recipes... a found a few must try's....

I added you to my blogroll...

Visit me at my site...

Linda from Cooking tip of the Day
http://cookingtipoftheday.blogspot.com/

Sophie said...

Dear Judy, Thanks for your reply on my foodblog!
I justed added your link to my food blog friends!!
You may do the same for me, my new foodie friend!
Thanks!
Till next post!

Debbie said...

The cookies look yummy, Judy. I have also made some of Donna's recipes for cakes, etc. and they were great!!!

Sara said...

I have a weakness for anything that contains peanut butter cups. These look quite delicious.

Katrina said...

Well, they certainly look good.

Coleen's Recipes said...

HOLY KAMOHLY, these look good!!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Both of your recipes sound delightful. My husband loves peanut butter (me...I like it, but I prefer mine in savory dishes). However, I can visualize how decadently good these are. I'll have to make these just for my husband, who is a pretty cool guy.

Debby

Reeni♥ said...

They look rich and thick and so delicious! I'd love to sink my teeth into one of them or four!!

unconfidentialcook said...

Peanuts and chocolate--my fave combo. These just look fantastic...and I, too, love Donna's blog. Thanks for pulling these out. Will do...

Elyse said...

You know, chocolate and peanuts--best combination ever. I love what you've done with this recipe. Those cookies look totally out-of-this-world good. I wish I could have a whole batch of them to snack on right now--yes, I'm that hungry and that tempted by your cookies.

Hairball said...

These look really tasty!

Kevin said...

Those cookies look nice and thick and good!