These peanut butter cookies are thick and chewy (like most cookies should be), sweet and salty, and absolutely delicious.
Last week was…. well, it sure was a week. Emotionally my head was somewhere else. As soon as I heard about the marathon bombing my heart just ached for everyone there. Then there was the explosion in West, Texas. It was too much for one country in just a few short days.
But then something amazing happened. Early Friday morning, my beautiful niece was born! Hannah is the most amazing baby girl and just like that, I was reminded of the wonderful miracles happening every day! I’ve been excited to be an aunt for months, but this brand new addition to the family is even beyond what I could have expected.
And in the middle of all that, for every minute that I wasn’t glued to the news or hanging around the hospital maternity ward, I was prepping to film videos for eHow. 10 videos. In one day. AKA craziness. When I originally agreed to do this, I didn’t grasp quite how much work it would entail prepping to film, baking on camera, and rushing to clean up during the taping. In case you are wondering, it is a lot of work. Initially I was also really nervous. I’ve never done something like this before. Well, in all of the excitement of everything else. Okay, mostly because of the fact that I could NOT wait to finish taping so that I could get to the hospital and meet Hannah, I actually wasn’t nervous at all. There is another miracle for you! I think I’m actually more nervous to see how cheesy and awkward I ended up looking. If I’m not completely embarrassed by the final products, I promise to share them with you once they are done! [UPDATE: You can see the eHow video for the Big, Chewy, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies here!]
So the good news for you? I made a few things that I really want to share the recipes for. These cookies for instance, make them. You know how much I love chocolate and peanut butter and this cookie is no exception. Thick and chewy (like most cookies should be), with a little crunch from those salty pretzels. Seriously, just make them.
Big, Chewy, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies
Makes 24 large cookies
1 cup (4 5/8 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 cups creamy peanut butter
5 5/8 ounces (¾ cup) granulated sugar
4 1/8 ounces (1/2 cup) packed light brown sugar
2 x-large eggs, room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup pretzel pieces (1 ½ ounces)
Sea salt for sprinkling
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda, set aside
Using a mixer, in a large bowl beat peanut butter, butter and sugars on high until light and fluffy
Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined
Reduce speed to low and stir in flour mixture just until combined
Stir in chocolate chips and pretzels
Chill dough for 2 hours
After, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper
Use a large cookie dough scoop to place cookie dough balls (about 1/4 cup each) on top of parchment paper, 1-2 inches apart
Lightly sprinkle cookie dough with sea salt
Bake ~14 minutes until cookies are brown around the edges
And a few behind-the-scenes pictures for good measure