Monday, December 15, 2014

Puffy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies-Nestle Toll House #DelightFulls Review

Puffy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Christmas is my favorite holiday.

There's pretty lights. Happiness. Jolliness. Colorful decorations. Gifts. Family. Friends. Fun.

AND COOKIES! SO. MANY. COOKIES! It's the cookie season!

And now we can have even more fun with baking and put a fun spin on favorite recipes thanks to Nestle Toll House DelightFulls Filled Baking Morsels! Just when you thought chocolate chips couldn't be improved!
Puffy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
A couple months ago I spied a new fantastical thing---chocolate chips with...fillings?? It was one of those moments where you think to yourself "THAT'S LIFE CHANGING." and also, "Obviously-why hasn't this already been done?" All I know is when I found out that Nestle Toll House wanted me to play with their new DelightFulls I was SO EXCITED. 

Nestle Toll House DelightFulls Filled Baking Morsels are the same Nestle Toll House chocolate we all love (I mean...guys....they invented the chocolate chip cookie. THAT MEANS SOMETHING.) filled with 4 different flavors! They're slightly bigger than standard chocolate chips (no complaints here) and they even hold their shape when baking. You can use them whole, cut in half, or even chop them up--the ways you can use these tasty morsels are endless (brownies, cookies, cake, candy, hot chocolate, milkshakes...etc.!)

Available in 9 oz. bags these are the 4 varieties of Nestle Toll House DelightFulls:
Pssst....Nestle peoples...you should totally make the peanut butter and caramel varieties in dark chocolate, too! Just a dark chocolate lover's opinion :P
Puffy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Back to Christmas talk: I'm in that very frustrating stage of life in between being a child and having children. I'm unable to fully experience all of my old Christmas traditions, but I don't have any kiddos to create new ones with! That said, Michael and I are definitely already forming new traditions. And this year I will enjoy the last bit of my most time-honored and important childhood Christmas experience for the last time: I will spend the night at my mom's, wake up with my brother, and enjoy Christmas morning being all excited and happy (although we probably won't wake up at 3 AM like we used to--also...the presents aren't gonna be so overwhelming.) Next year Michael and I will be married and I'll want to wake up with him, so this is all a little bittersweet. The good news is, now that I'm home I can take part in other Christmas festivities! My mom and brother and I are actually going to a little Christmas village today. And next week we're going to decorate cutout cookies (which we always used to do as children and I haven't been able to participate in for a long time). And in the spirit of new things...I've been tasked to make cookies for other things. Like Michael's work party. And who knows what else!

I'm really looking forward to, in the next 5 years or so, having little chubby helping hands and seeing little innocent eyes light up and seeing chocolate smeared little smiles in the kitchen with me. I adore baking and I cannot wait to share that with my children, and to share all the love that I bake into every bite!
Puffy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
I could definitely see these cookies becoming a favorite for years to come-especially with little ones. They are a total classic--all the flavors of a peanut butter cup in a big, FAT, perfect cookie! Fresh out of the oven they're so soft and peanut-buttery and when you take a bite and see the peanut butter filling a little bit melt-y inside of the baking morsels....it's simultaneously cool and delicious. Michael loved them. My brother broke his strict diet to eat one and a half (and he forced himself to resist more). I dare any picky eater to not fall head over heels (unless you're not into peanut butter...then...well...not for you, I suppose. May I interest you in a different cookie?) 

Anyway. What I'm saying is: make these cookies. Especially for the holidays (I bet Santa would put you on the extra nice list for LIIIFE if you made them for him, btw.) Get your hands on some Nestle Toll House DelightFulls Filled Baking Morsels. Have some fun. Bake. Experiment. Make traditions! Eat. BE HAPPY.

Fa la la la la.


Puffy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from How Sweet It Is

Puffy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 18-22 cookies
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup (or 8 tbsp.) unsalted butter, browned
  • 6 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (or one 9 oz. package) Peanut Butter Filled DelightFulls™ (or chocolate chips)
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling
Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet by spraying with nonstick cooking spray or lining with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • Measure peanut butter into a large, heatproof, bowl.
  • Brown the butter-In a, preferably light colored, saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Whisk constantly as it foams, bubbles, and eventually turns amber and little brown bits form. 
  • Immediately pour over the peanut butter and mix until the peanut butter is completely melted and smooth. Let cool until no longer hot or overly warm.
  • Add sugars and salt and beat with a hand or stand mixer until completely combined. 
  • Mix in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla.
  • Add in baking soda and flour, a little bit at a time, mixing until just combined. It will be crumbly but it should come together (use your hands if you need to--if it still won't come together add 1 or 2 tbsp. of milk, but you shouldn't need to.)
  • Fold in the chocolate chips/DelightFulls.
  • Shape dough into the size of golf-balls. Place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart (I had to do 2 baking sheets worth so I just let the remaining dough sit until I transferred the baked cookies to a cooling rack and then I used the same sheet for the rest of the cookies) and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden and the center is still soft and puffy (don't over-bake). Sprinkle with sea salt and let cool on sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 7 days.
Puffy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Do you see it? You see the peanut butter filled chocolate chip all melty and perfect?? LOVE.

And hey-if/when you decide to try out some DelightFulls don't forget to share on social media #TollHouseTime #NestleTollHouse #DelightFulls!

{{Oh and btw--from now until Christmas the only recipes will be SWEET ones! YUM!}}


Today’s post is sponsored by Nestle Toll House, I earn revenue for each link you click on, but my love for their DelightFulls filled morsels is all my own!
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