May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day. What better way to celebrate than to enjoy classic drop chocolate chip cookies with a peanut butter twist.
Tips and tricks for getting great chocolate chip cookies
1) Make them large. When they are large, the edge can be crispy while the center is still soft. That’s how I like them.
2) Don’t forget the vanilla. It seems like an ingredient of little importance, but vanilla adds depth to chocolate chip cookies (peanut butter otherwise) and without it, they seem flat
3) Don’t open the oven door while they’re cooking, but check on them through the window. You don’t want the temperature in the oven to drop, but near the end, you’ve got to watch so that they don’t over-brown.
4) For these cookies: Creamy peanut butter or chunky peanut butter. It’s up to you!
5) Use big, disc-shaped chocolate chips, like the ones made by Ghiradelli:
Remember that 80’s commercial for Reese’s Peanut Butter cups?
- ½ pound (2 sticks) butter, softened
- ¾ cup white sugar
- ¾ cup dark brown sugar
- ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup roasted, salted peanuts crushed
- Preheat the oven to 375˚F
- In an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add peanut butter and beat until fully incorporated.
- Add the eggs, one at a time and beat until each is well blended.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients in 3 batches, mixing with a spoon until fully incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips and vanilla.
- Drop in large tablespoons onto a cookie sheet. I was able to fit about 8 cookies on each cookie sheet.
- Spoon a little bit of the crushed nuts onto the top of each cookies and press gently with your fingers.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Watch closely near the end. The edges should just be browning and the middle will appear a little soft.
- Remove and let cool for a couple of minutes before transferring to a plate or cooling rack.