For the last several days I have been randomly tweeting about wanting to bake something. Last night I had a dream that I made the most decadent, three-layer cake. Clearly, baking needed to happen on this chilly Sunday. So, I recruited my sidekick, Mason.
I stood and looked in our pantry and racked my brain. I considered oatmeal cookies but I do oatmeal cookies so often, I couldn’t bare it today. We have a massive jar of chunky peanut butter and my mind started working.
Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven. These cookies are crisp to bite but chewy on the inside. The sweetness of the sugars combined with the salty crunch of the peanuts, man! These are so delicious; you have to try them.
These are low-carb and because we used coconut oil instead of butter, we added some healthy fats too. You can cut the sugar for a more modestly sweet cookie or amp up the recipe with additional nuts or dark chocolate morsels. This recipe is very simple and it can definitely serve as a building block for a more complex cookie.
1 heaping of cup chunky peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
¼ heaping cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350
In one large bowl: mix flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa.
In the bowl of a mixture: mix sugar, peanut butter and oil.
When combined, add eggs one at a time.
Slowly incorporate the cocoa-flour mixture into the peanut butter mixture.
This dough will be sticky and very thick.
Using a small ice cream scoop or a tbsp measuring spoon, scoop out some dough and shape them into balls.
Using a fork or the palm of your hand, slightly flatten the dough mounds.
Note: This recipe will yield roughly 2 dozen cookies. If you have more than you need, bake what you want and freeze the rest!
Leave about 1 ½ to 2” of space between your cookies.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. The cookies will be cracked and highly fragrant. The tops should be set.
Allow them to cool on the pan for at least one minute before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.
Optional: Lightly dust with confectioner’s sugar
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