Chocolate Chip PB Cup Cookies
Go ahead...bake on that COVID "19" (pounds, that is). Delectable desserts like these are hard to resist when you have time on your hands and a craving for something that isn't store-bought. This season of self-isolation has been one that's had me busy in the kitchen...cooking, baking, and of course, cleaning up my messes. (And just for the record, before I go scaring you off...these cookies won't actually cause you to gain nineteen pounds, but they sure taste like they would!)
These cookies are rich, delicious, and sweet enough to quench even the biggest sweet-tooth cravings. The ingredients are pretty simple, and there are four kinds of chocolate involved, for all you chocolate lovers out there (like me). I based my recipe off of a very generic one, and tweaked and added the things I wanted to taste in each bite. I scrounged through my cupboards and pulled out a handful of sweet odds and ends. I've got to say, this mutt of a cookie will be a go-to when I need something sweet that packs a real punch. Now, if only I had some milk...
I've been wanting to start sharing some fun recipes in blog form for awhile now. What's been stopping me? Laziness (to document the process) and excuses (if ONLY I had an all white and bright kitchen, guys). But I decided to get over myself and give it a shot. And to be honest, I think I actually enjoyed photographing and baking this tasty concoction just as much as I enjoyed eating and sharing them after! So, whether you're a beginner in the kitchen or an all-out veteran, these pretty little things will keep your hands and mind occupied for close to an hour, and your mouth salivating for far longer. I think they're pretty hard to mess up, too. Enjoy!
1/2 cup salted butter
1/4 cup Nutella
1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. fine ground salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
sprinkle of coarse ground salt
1. Prepare ingredients and tools, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking pan with parchment paper (or grease with butter or Crisco).
2. Cut butter into slices and pop into the microwave for 15 seconds to soften. Using a spatula, stir softened butter until it is a creamy, pudding-like consistency.
3. Using a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar and peanut butter. Mix until well-combined and creamy. Then, beat in egg and vanilla. Once mixed, add Nutella and stir well.
4. In a separate, smaller bowl, mix the dry ingredients together (flour, salt + baking soda). Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture a little bit at a time. Combine thoroughly.
5. Using a wooden spoon, gently fold in the white chocolate, mini chocolate, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Combine until evenly distributed.
6. Grab a large spoon, and scoop out a heaping spoonful of dough. Using your (clean) hands, roll the dough into a ball, and place it on the baking sheet. Dough balls should be about the size of golf balls, and spaced 2 - 3 inches apart on all sides.
7. OPTIONAL - You can press each cookie down slightly and add a sprinkle of coarse sea salt to the top, if that's your jam.
8. Pop those cookies into the oven and set a timer for 10 minutes. Once the timer goes off, check the bottom of the cookies (pull the oven rack out and lift a cookie gently with a spatula) for a medium brown. If not browned enough, add another minute on the timer. (I ended up baking these for 11 minutes.) Pull out of the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring cookies to a plate. This cook-time yields a cookie that's a little bit crispy on the outside, and nice and soft in the middle.
You know what I wish more blogs did? Showed the mess of dishes after all those beautiful photos of the recipe itself. So, this is for you. And yes, I am extremely type-A, so I organize my dirty dishes off to the side while I'm baking, as well as placing ingredients I've already used on a different counter and out of the way. For me, that takes the stress away from baking, because cleanup is a breeze!
Finally, enjoy those delicious, smell-good-taste-better balls of wonderful! And if you have other people in the house to share them with, do it! One of the best things about cooking and baking is being able to share that wealth of mouth-watering goodness with the people we love.
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