Thursday, February 7, 2008

Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Cookies

Do you remember that stupid sappy movie from the '70s "Love Story" where Ali McGraw tells Ryan O'Neal that "Love means never having to say you're sorry"? Well she was wrong. Duh. But love means constantly saying your sorry.
For example you may find yourself one evening reading a book, like We Need to Talk About Kevin, and then you suddenly find yourself saying things like "I'm so sorry my darling husband who never used up a box of bandaids before meeting me, that my streak of athletic ineptness and general accident prone-ness has rubbed off on you. I'm sorry that I pushed you to find outlets for your frustration with starting your own business, and that I encouraged you to go and play raquetball." This sort of thing will then continue as you say, "I'm sorry I can't avoid all the potholes on the 2 mile journey to the ER and I really don't mean to make this such a bumpy drive." And on into the night as you helplessly say, "I'm sorry I don't know how to make you more comfortable, I have experience with all kinds of injuries, but when it comes to shoulders I know squat."

So yes, love means having to say you're sorry. A lot. After a mostly sleepless night, the only good thing was I finished my book. I recommend it. And the Brain is finally just now starting to dose on and off. It was necessary for me to throw my lenten resolution of not eating sweets right out the window. Whoo. I made it almost one whole day. Usually I'm way better at this giving things up for lent thing.

I made these luciously rich and tasty Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Cookies. They're a decadent dark chocolate cookie with just a hint of peanut butter that are studded with semi-sweet chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. The inspiration came after reading Peabody's blog about Peanut Butter World Peace Cookies, but I wanted something chewier. The first time I made them, the next morning I had 7 for breakfast and promptly packed them up and took them over to my friends at Catholic Charities. The lovely ladies at Catholic Charities have become my dumping ground for baked goods. They don't seem to mind. Although rumor has it there was a skirmish when it came to the last cookie in the bag. Fortunately about half of these cookies will go to another friend of the Brain and I who just had his knee replaced. So we'll only have to contend with half of these oh so delicious little addictive morsels. Perhaps they should be called crack cookies...

Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Cookies
an original recipe

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cups Hershey Special Dark Cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 bag peanut butter chips
1/2 bag chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Stir together flour, cocoa, soda and salt in medium mixing bowl. Beat butter, peanut butter, and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in chips.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfull (or small cookie scoop) onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 8 to 9 minutes. Do not overbake. Cookies will be sort. They puff while baking and flatten upon cooling. Cool slightly then remove from cookie sheet to cool completely on wire rack.


glamah16 said...

I like this! Giving baked good to Catholic Charities. Next time I use this and wont have a hard time unloading my old furniture to Slavation Army or the like. To bad I dont like peanut butter, but those cookies look amazing. Hope your husband gets better!

Pixie said...

Oooh, sounds like your hubby had a serious injury- hope he gets well quickly!

Now about peanut butter- why is it that peanut butter recipes keep popping up everywher I go? It's a conspiracy i tell ya!!!! Someone 'up there' must want me to make peanut butter cookies for some reason.

Cynthia said...

As soon as lent begins my mom gives up eating sweets too :)

I owe you an email!

Anonymous said...

There is nothing, nothing like cooking when injuries are around. We are eating madly at standing still since the great leg break in December.

Zylo said...

Oh my god. Yes!

anna said...

can't wait to try these! i saw the recipe at peabody's too, but love my cookies chewy. shazam to the rescue!

Cooking and the City said...

Your cookies look great, yum! :-)

Mary said...

Thanks everyone for your well wishes for the Brain. He's actually being really good about the whole thing even though I know he's in a lot of pain.

Bellini Valli said...

Hope the Brain recovers quickly :D and has a chance to partake in these delcious cookies..before they are all gone...wink...wink...

Deborah said...

I had to laugh, because right before we were married, my husband broke his collarbone. I will never forget the day I drove him home from the hospital, and how it seemed like I hit every little bump in the road and how horrible I felt!

I wish I would have had some of these cookies back then!

Cakelaw said...

These cookies look devine - I want one now!