Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Peanut Butter, Pretzel, and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Who doesn't love a giant peanut butter cookie? Add in some chocolate chunks and a bit of salty pretzel and you've got yourself a winner! Seriously, all I want to eat right now is cookies. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I want cookies! 

I nabbed this recipe from The Sugar Hit, (one of my favourite blogs to follow) and added in some pretzel for a bit of saltiness. Sea salt would be good too. 

Peanut Butter, Pretzel, Chocolate Chunk Cookies

2 sticks butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
8 oz dark chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup chopped pretzel

Start of by browning the butter in a saucepan. Heat is for about 5-7 minutes or until it starts to smell nutty and look caramel in colour. It will foam up a bit so use a deeper set pan. Set this aside to completely cool. You can put it in the fridge or freezer to speed this up if needed. 

When the butter is cool, place the eggs and white sugar into a mixing bowl (or stand mixer, fitted with a whisk) and whisk until the mixture is light and pale in colour. 

Add the cooled butter, brown sugar and peanut butter to the egg mixture and mix until incorporated. (switch to a paddle attachment if using a mixer.)

Continue to add the salt and baking powder. Then slowly mix in the flour, making sure not to let it fly everywhere. Once the flour is almost completely mixed in, add your chocolate chips for a final mix, until everything is well incorporated. 

Once your dough is finished you can either bake your cookies right away or let the dough chill for a a few hours/ overnight. Once you are ready to bake, preheat your oven to 375 F and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper. Scoop out your dough out and evenly distribute them onto your baking sheet, making sure to leave plenty of room for them to spread out. You can flatten each cookie out as well, making sure they're just under an inch thick. Then bake for 15-17 minutes or until they're golden along the edges and just cooked through in the middle. 

Try not to eat them all in one go :)

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