I made these cookies to take to my dentist’s office on Monday. That seems like a strange statement, and a lot of people thought it was when I told them what I was doing with these cookies, but it makes sense, I swear. A few cleanings ago, I was telling my hygienist about these cookies and she was just raving about how good they sounded and let me know that it was actually okay for people to bring in goodies, despite it being a dentist’s office.
So I resolved that I would make cookies for them at some point. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago. I had a cleaning scheduled and I COMPLETELY forgot about it. Luckily I live close to the office, so when I got a phone call 10 minutes after the appointment was supposed to start, I was able to quickly get over there. She made a couple of comments about how she thought maybe I was busy making cookies. Unfortunately for me, and fortunately for all the employees of my dentist, I needed a cavity filled on Monday. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to make good on my promise.
I decided to make a peanut butter cookie, but knew I didn’t want to make just a classic peanut butter cookie. I plugged “peanut butter cookies” into Google and started scrolling. Originally I had been thinking that I would find something with chocolate chips, but this chocolate peanut butter cookie caught my attention and I was sold.
They received rave reviews from everyone I shared them with, and a lot of recipe requests, but I’m not completely sold on them. I think they need some chocolate chips.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Source: Amanda’s Cookin’
1/2 cup shortening (or butter flavored shortening)
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add egg. Beat just until blended.
Combine flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended.
Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls (using a cookie scoop works great) 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet. Flatten slightly in crisscross pattern with tines of fork.
Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, or until set and just beginning to brown. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to racks to cool completely.