Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies
Fun fact: 3 years ago today I married my favorite (aside from James) guy. 3 years of marriage and almost 9 years together (and half a year of parenthood) one of my favorite things about us is what a good team we make. We complement each other and go together like...well...chocolate and peanut butter!

And he appreciates a good cookie. Definite keeper.
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies
There's honestly nothing not to love about these cookies-they're super soft and chewy and FULL of chocolate and peanut buttery goodness-both in the cookies themselves and in the gooey peanut butter and chocolate chips! I'm a major proponent of eating warm cookies (to the point that I'll oftentimes not bother if they're not warm) BUT these ones are still super tasty at room temp. (don't get me wrong...I still liked them warm. But I didn't turn my nose up at the cooled ones either :P). 

They're delish, ok? It's just true. 

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Averie Cooks

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies
Makes approx. 17 medium sized cookies.
Ingredients:
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (don't use homemade or natural peanut butter)
  • 1/2 cup (or 1 stick or 8 tbsp.) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened natural or Dutch-process cocoa powder (I use Hershey's Special Dark, which is why my cookies are so dark)
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips OR 4 oz. dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
Preparation:
  • Add the egg, peanut butter, butter, sugars, and vanilla extract to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large bowl and electric hand mixer) and cream together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Stop mixing, scrape the sides of the bowl down, and add the flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt, and mix on low speed until just combined.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips or chunks and peanut butter chips, and blend until just incorporated.
  • Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop or your hands, form heaping two tablespoon mounds of dough and lightly roll in your hands to make sure they're compacted. They may be slightly crumbly but will hold together when squeezed. Place mounds on a large plate or small baking sheet and flatten slightly.
  • Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking.
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking may or spray with cooking spray. Place mounds on sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even they seem a little underdone in the centers-they firm up as they cool. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
  • Cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Unbaked cookie dough can also be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months, as well (just take frozen dough out while oven is preheating and bake normally with potentially an extra minute or 2 of baking time).
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies
Is there anything better than melty chocolate and peanut butter chips?

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Something Saturdays (6/16/18)

Last weekend was so so nice. Saturday we just sort of enjoyed each other's company and worked on a couple things (I went grocery shopping, Michael set up some shelves in the garage and vacuumed) and then Sunday we went to church AND we went out for an early anniversary dinner at our favorite restaurant (Table 6) and it was so good. I haven't been that full since before I had James (evidenced by the fact that I instinctively tried to put my hand on a big belly that I no longer have lol). Other than that I have mostly just been enjoying the week with James and getting some stuff done. Last night Michael's mom and sister came over and we all had dinner on our deck which was so lovely :)

Today I'm just working the ceremony of a wedding for a few hours and then tonight we're spending a little bit of time with Michael's dad as a little bit of a Father's Day thing. Then tomorrow is all about Michael's 1st father's day! Yay!!!

On a more serious note, this post from Hayley is so important and I think we all need to discuss mental health more openly and more often.


Movies/TV Talk (assume there'll be spoilers)
Westworld-Whoa, Ake freaking woke up all by himself-that's more impressive than Dolores, and he's part of why Maeve woke up in the first place too I'm sure.

Instagram Lately (a few highlights from this week on Instagram)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Something Saturdays (6/9/18)

Omigosh last weekend was crazy, but good. I worked but then we also had graduation parties for my cousins on Sat and Sun and James actually did really well meeting all those new people. Monday we went to another party, a friend's daughters' 9th birthday. Tuesday and Wednesday we mostly just relaxed and I did some cooking. Thursday was fun because I was cast in a local commercial and they ended up hiring Michael and James as well to play my husband and baby. James was only on set for like 15 minutes, he'll only be seen for a second, but it was super fun to do with my real family :) 

This weekend is nice because I DON'T WORK! And we aren't doing like...anything. Except that tomorrow Michael and I are going out to dinner (for the 2nd time since James was born)-probably as an early anniversary dinner. I'm so excited!

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