I had a craving all week for something gooey and oozing with peanut butter. It’s raining hard today, so I thought I would bake up a batch of peanut butter brownies and satisfy my craving. Much to my surprise, I discovered my baking supplies are gone. I have a half a cup of this, a half a cup of that, not one unsweetened chocolate square, barely a drop or two of vanilla, and worst of all, not a teaspoon of peanut butter. I do have a couple of containers of unsweetened cocoa and remnants of chips and nuts. All is not lost. I had enough of everything to make Chocolate Cocoa Peanut Butter Cookies.
I found an old Hershey’s cookie recipe that I haven’t made in years. I didn’t have several of the ingredients to make the recipe, so I substituted ingredients and added a couple more. The cookies weren’t oozing with peanut butter as I had hoped, but I did have enough peanut butter chips to give the cookies a mild peanut butter flavor. I used unsweetened cocoa instead of baking chocolate and replaced Hershey’s Kisses with semi-sweet dark chocolate chips and Reese peanut butter chips. I also added about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and told the kids it was crunchy chocolate chips. (They eat all kinds of nuts but not in baked goods. Go figure.)
The cookies didn’t last long. We ate them as soon as I took them out of the oven. We washed them down with glasses of ice-cold milk. Yum.
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon whole milk
- 2¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup peanut butter chips
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Beat butter, sugars, and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs and milk; beat well.
- Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in chips and nuts. Shape dough in 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet.
- Bake about 10 minutes or until set. Remove to wire rack and cool completely.
I shared this recipe at some of these amazing parties.