Monday, October 11, 2010

My Kids' Favorite Cookies

 We had a lovely visit with my aunt and uncle this weekend.  It was so good to see them again!  The kids always enjoy visiting with them, and this time they got to hang out in their RoadTrek RV.  The kids were fascinated by the compact living space, with all the nooks and crannies, everything having a place and a purpose, with no wasted space.  I'm pretty sure now our kids will be asking us to get an RV, lol.

I promised the kids that this weekend I'd make their favorite Triple Peanut Butter Chip Cookies.  So, I did.  Mmmm, it's a good thing I don't make them very often, because they're addictive.  Here's the recipe I've come up with:

Triple Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter (unsalted)
3/4 cup shortening
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup NATURAL peanut butter (I use smooth, but chunky would work too)
1 cup whole wheat flour  (I use King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour - it's not as grainy as regular whole wheat flour)
2 cups white flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 10 oz. bag peanut butter flavored baking chips (approximately 1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cups Reeses' Pieces candies

Cream the butter and shortening, and both sugars.  Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until smooth and lighter in color (a couple minutes on medium).  Add the peanut butter and blend well, scraping frequently.  Add all the dry ingredients (except for the chips and candies).  Mix until all the dry ingredients are incorporated.  Stir in the chips and candies by hand.  Cover and refrigerate for 4-6 hours, or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350F.  Drop the cookie dough in large spoonfuls (2 tbsp. at a time) onto an aluminum or nonstick cookie sheet.  (Increase the baking time slightly if using stoneware.)  Bake 13-15 minutes (until light golden brown on top).  The cookies will be chewier at the lower baking time, and crisper at the higher time.

This recipe makes about 4 dozen large cookies.  You can make smaller cookies - just decrease the baking time slightly and watch them to see what time works best for you.

Sorry, no pictures of the cookies today - we ate them all up!

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