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.
- 1 cup (4⅝ ounces) all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 1 cups creamy peanut butter
- 5⅝ ounces (¾ cup) granulated sugar
- 4⅛ ounces (1/2 cup) packed light brown sugar
- 2 x-large eggs, room temp
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅔ 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 ¼ 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
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Congrats on your new niece! And how exciting about the eHow videos!
Thanks, Erin. She is just so cute!
Deal. I’m making these.
And I’m so excited about your videos and even more that you’re an auntie!!! yayyyy! I bet she’s just a cutie patootie!
Thanks, Kayle!! She is:-)
Welcome to your new niece! Definitely a good excuse to make a batch of cookies. And I can’t wait to see your pretty face in the eHow videos!
Congratulations, auntie! :) And I’m definitely loving those behind-the-scenes shots…I’m sure you were great!
HOW exciting about your niece! She is one lucky little baby to have a baking auntie like you :-) These cookies look so yum – salty, sweet and totally delicious.
Thank you! I can’t wait until she is old enough to bake with me:-)
Great minds think alike with our PB cookie recipes today! xx
Congratulations on the birth of your niece! You look great on screen – can’t wait to see your videos.
Oh my! These are perfection :) all of the best flavors wrapped up into this cookie!
You look like such a natural!! I can’t wait to see the videos. ANd congrats again on your new niece!!! I seriously couldn’t be happier. :)
Well…I could be happier if I had a batch of these cookies sitting in front of me. But that’s neither here nor there.
I can’t wait to see your pretty face on these videos!
It’s been eons since I’ve made pb cookies…and your sweet and salty version looks incredible! I can’t wait to see your eHow videos. I’m certain you were amazing :)
Yes, the world is crazy. Bonkers. Balance. So happy for the birth of Hannah! Also – welcome to my world of being in front of camera – I can’t wait to see the shoot. AND I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THOSE COOKIES – just booked a trip to NJ in July and you better believe I am swinging by!
Yay I can’t wait to get to see you!!!
Ahhh all around awesome!!!
Last week really messed with me as well. I lived in Boston for four years, it was where my alma mater is and where I love to take day trips… hurt, a lot. And Texas made my heart ache… and with all that I think we missed some earthquake in Asia that killed hundreds or something. Sigh.
Glad you had a happier moment, congrats on your niece!
Oh my! These sound amazing! Love the sweet and salty combo!
you know how much I love babies. and chocolate. and peanut butter. and cookies.
I love pb and pb cookies. These look great being so big and soft. I’m not into those little tiny pb cookies with the fork marks. I want these!
I’m totally with you!
These look uh-mazing!! I haven’t baked anything in ages and am really itching to get back to it…you’ve inspired me with these delicious looking cookies!! So happy for you and all of your success!
Thanks, Rachel! These are worth getting back into the kitchen!
These look absolutely incredible! I’ve got a real thing about peanut butter at the moment so I’ll definitely be making these on my next day off! xo
These look heavenly!! Congrats on your niece… and the eHow videos! Can’t wait to watch :)
BIG CHEWY cookies!! How can you even go wrong with these?!
A bit late but Congratulations on your adorable niece (I just saw her on Instagram!). And congrats on landing eHow – wow!! I’m sure you were brilliant. :)
Also, these cookies – Yes, please!!
Thank you!! And thanks for the pin:-)
The recipe is great, in the directions you leave out where to add the butter though.
Thanks for pointing that out, all fixed now!
Congrats on your new adventure! Your baked goods look incredible. I seriously could eat a dozen of the strawberry and cream cookies! Hello! Yum!
Thank you so much!
Looks delicious! I featured it in my blogpost