Monday, December 9, 2013

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pieces Cookies

As you may or may not know, I am a school counselor at a high school about an hour away from my home. This weekend, I was preparing for the first annual Staff Bake Off. The money raised from this friendly competition is going towards my fund for needy children. This year alone we are sponsoring five children in need of a little Christmas cheer. While the students will never know that we purchased the gifts for them, their parents know that we are there to not only support their child's education but also make sure they have time to enjoy the magic of Christmas, no matter what their situation. Because of the wonderful people I work with, this event is definitely going to be a success.
When I was thinking about what to make, I considered making a decadent cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust and a thick ganache. Now that will win it, I thought. However, the weather on Sunday was not very good and I was worried that we might end up not having school so I wanted to make something simple yet delicious that, if school were cancelled, I knew would get devoured right here at home. What to do? What to do? The answer, tender chocolate chip cookies with a crisp bottom and tender center complemented with miniature peanut butter pieces candies. Oh yeah! Not only are these cookies amazingly delicious, they are super simple. This basic dough recipe is my go to for any chip cookie I make. It is a never-fail. These would be perfect for Santa!!!

1/2 Cup Softened Butter
1/2 Cup Shortening
3/4 Cup Sugar
3/4 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Miniature Peanut Butter Pieces Candies
Yield: 36 cookies
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, whipping well between each. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet.
3. Add the chocolate chips and candies. Mix for 30 seconds, until combined.
4. Drop heaping tablespoon size scoops of dough onto and ungreased cookie sheet, placing at least 2 inches apart.
5. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

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