Chocolate Chunk-Peanut Cookies

Peanut butter, peanuts and chocolate in one cookie, how can a cookie with so much goodness be bad?  Maybe bad for your cholesterol, but when you do want to splurge and just go for it without the guilt, you may want to put this cookie on your list to have when you want your peanut butter and chocolate fix!  So much yummy goodness in this cookie, you’ll want to make it a part of your favorite cookie recipe collection.  So, with that being said, you may want to head to your kitchen now and start baking!  In no time, you’ll have a wonderful warm cookie straight out of the oven!

Happy Cookie Baking!

 

Ingredients:

 

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup shortening (I use Crisco)

1 cup chunky peanut butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup firmly packed  brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 and 1/2 cups teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts

1 (11.5-ounce) bag chocolate chunks

 

Directions:

 

Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; add chunky peanut butter and sugars, beating well.  Add eggs, beating until blended.

Combine flour and next 4 ingredients: (baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon).  Add to butter mixture, beating well.

Stir in peanuts and chocolate chunks.

Shape dough into 2-inch balls (about 2 tablespoons for each cookie).  Flatten slightly, and place on an ungreased baking sheets; or lind baking sheets with parchment paper.

Bake at 375F for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool on pan 1 to 2 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Double Chocolate Chunk-Peanut Cookies:  Reduce flour to 2 cups, add 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa (sifted).  proceed as directed.

 

 

*Note:  If you do not have chocolate chunks in your pantry, you can chop up any other chocolate candy in place of chocolate chunks.  In this recipe posted today, I have chocolate chunks, and candy kisses that I chopped up.

* In the recipe posted, I also added a half bag of caramel balls.  You could chop up regular caramels.  This is great with the caramels or without them; again, you can make any recipe yours by adding something a little different.  Use what you have in your pantry now. If you don’t have dry roasted peanuts, use any other type of peanut you have…but my choices would be pecans.

 

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