PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES.

This is such a special recipe. It was sent to me on a postcard on April 1, 2009 by my pen pal. She and I have been writing letters to each other since we graduated in 2008.

I have been baking these cookies ever since and everyone loves them. In addition to the recipe, I share my tip for storing cookie dough at the end of this post.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

(Makes about 3 dozen)

Ingredients.

1 c. JIF Crunchy Peanut Putter
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. salted butter, at room temperature
2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
2 1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. kosher salt
1 (12 oz.) package of Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Directions.

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Mix the peanut butter, sugars, butter and eggs on medium speed until creamy. This should take about 4-5 minutes.

3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix on low-medium speed until just combined. Do not overmix!

4. Stir in the chocolate chips.

5. Spoon the dough into 1-1/2″ balls of dough on the baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. Bake for 9 minutes. Check to see if all of the edges are turning golden, if so, remove from the oven. If not, bake 1 minute more.

ENJOY!

HOMEMAKER HINT #1: I always remove cookies from the oven just before they look fully baked. They will continue to bake outside of the oven on the hot cookie sheet, and nobody wants over baked cookies. Here is the sheet pan just out of the oven…

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And here you can see how they continued to cook outside of the oven…

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HOMEMAKER HINT #2: So that I can always have fresh cookies in the house at a moments notice, I always label and freeze part of the dough when I make it. On the label I include what the item is and the cooking instructions. It’s the best way to store dough and to always make last minute guests feel welcome! You can buy the storage containers here. Below is a photo of one of the drawers in my freezer.

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As soon as I know a guest might be dropping by, I take a container of dough out of the freezer and in no time, we are ready to entertain and our guests feel welcome!

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Cookies are perfect with fresh coffee (or wine!).

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