Peanut Butter Perfection

It’s no surprise that I make something peanut butter and delicious soon after taking up residence in my own kitchen.  That was one of those unspoken rules from my mom at home, “you can bake anything you want, but I really don’t want you to use peanut butter”  That one, and the Oh, clean up so well so I don’t even to know you used my mixer.  She’s a strange bird, my mom; she HATES peanut butter.  Like, is disgusted to smell it and wouldn’t make us pb sandwiches when we were younger, hates peanut butter.  Like I said, strange bird.  BUT she loves dark chocolate chocolate so she’s okay in my book.

Tower of Terror?
Tower of Terror?

Basically, peanut butter was bound to happen sooner rather than later.  At work, there was a surprise for a coworker and I naturally volunteered to bake something tantalizing.  Whenever it’s work or party related, I feel that I should make sure it’s both easily portable and individually serve-able; which is why I typically tend to lean towards the cupcakes.

So much peanut butter!
So much peanut butter, practically looks raw!

This was a cookie that I had in the back of my mind for quite some time; I initially found the idea from Sally’s Baking Addiction during our Dark Chocolate Pinspiration Competition (remember these?)  This was the perfect excuse to get these puppies in the oven!  They were a huge hit! I even got a “Robin’s famous cookies” shout out in an email so I KNEW they were a success.

I needed the cookies for Wednesday so I was very easily to prep the batter ahead.  I made both doughs and let them chill in the fridge overnight.  The dough was very workable and easiest to roll out when cold.

Peanut Butter dough smells so good!
Peanut Butter dough smells so good!

I rolled the dough into balls then rolled them together; see below for the fun, very sticky, process!

Roll it.
Roll it.
and SQUISH it.
and SQUISH it.
and rolllll it again!
and rolllll it again!

Of course, because I’m a huge chocolate lover, I made some peanut butter cookies separate and some double dark chocolate chip cookies separate, you know to taste test just in case.  These peanut butter chocolate cookies were phenomenal, but the double chocolate were so freaking awesome!  Kyle really like the peanut butter ones too.

Double chocolate on top of the tower.
Double chocolate on top of the tower.

As you might be able to guess, we didn’t have a ton of peanut butter things around the house growing up.  Sure, we had peanut butter; probably thanks only to the sheer persistence of my dad – but never really had peanut patties, peanut butter crackers, or any of that fun stuff.  SO, I feel like this is a theme for me lately, but I never had peanut butter cookies growing up.  We made them all the time in the bakery, but I was a little skeptical to try them for fear that… I dunno, I would fall in love with them and get stuck in the bakery as I consumed so many that I would no longer fit out the door?  I might want to revisit that logic soon…

It kind of looks like Dracula!? Does anyone see that?
It kind of looks like Dracula!? Does anyone see that? Look at it very fast!

Anyways, so I’ve essentially refrained from pb cookies until this point. I have to say, what a HELL of a way to get acclimated.  Warm gooey peanut butter cookie with that rich dark chocolately goodness swirled in there… it was pure bliss.  It tasted as if a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup factory was day dreaming while getting a deep tissue massage.  That good.

Don’t take my word for it though, give the recipe a try!  It takes some planning and a bit of patience, but DEFINITELY worth the work!

 

Happy Baking!

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