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Peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies – Recipe

7 Feb

Peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies – Vegan friendly (if used with egg substitute) + can be frozen as dough/baked for later.

Okay. On Tuesday the 5th February, I swore to myself that Wednesday the 8th, was going to be a day choc full of studying hard and not getting distracted.

One problem? I was on the internet. Scanning blogs and flicking over my favorites tab. What forgotten old wishful recipes were stored on here?

“HEY! Peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies!” 

These are the bestest, yummiest, softest peanut butter cookies I’ve ever had to munch on. They are gooey and soft. I used crunchy peanut butter (budgeting), but the original recipe called for smooth – they are dense but fluffy, filling… but oh so heavenly.

Only the day before I was grazing on some store bought peanut butter granola bars. After tasting these – I’ve come to the conclusion that stores just blow dry their bars in freeze dried peanuts. The texture of these is incomparable to nada! Try for yourself peoples!

Peanut butter chocolate chunk chip cookies. Soft and chewy!

Peanut butter chocolate chunk chip cookies. Soft and chewy!

Anyhow, within a few seconds, I concluded that I didn’t need an education and never would have to study if my morning was graced with freshly baked peanut butter cookies. So off to the store I ran to top up on cheap bittersweet chocolate and extra peanut butter (If you use a jar, you replace a jar. Then you never run out – simples)

The craving fuelled my run there and back. It was a beautiful sunny day actually, spring times kicking in here in London. About 3 months early, but thou shalt embrace…

The cookies were incredibly simple to make, flour-less, butter less and oil-free. Man…that jar was so tempting. I used the biggest spoon (within reason) hat I could find to scoop out out the oily goodness…do you have any idea how hard it was to resist this? I’m sorry I look like such a bare monkey. I had literally woken up, studied and ran to the store. No precautions taken on the appearance side of things here.

But seriously…

Anyway, being the smart ass I am, I decided to put the oven onto 200* to ‘warm’ up’ quicker. Awkward.

I forgot to turn it down. The cookies were supposed to be baked at 175 for 8 minutes. Exactly. Uh whoops. On the 6 minute mark I was rescuing the cookies and picking off any extra browned bits. (No problem though, if all else failed I could have just said they were wannabe chocolate chunks) But nevertheless, back in they went on 100 for an extra 5 minutes. And they came out just fine! Phew.

I also configured a list on how to make your life productive during baking times (The sheer irony at how unproductive this is, I do recognize..)

Things you can do in 8 minutes (I figured out useful ways to apply myself in 480 seconds)

  1. Unpack the dishwasher which your family left the house and left for you to do.
  2. Wash up. Play with the soap bubbles.
  3. Eat (Desperately scrape out the final slivers of) leftover peanut butter
  4. Lick the chopping plate so as not to waste the chocolate crumbs
  5. Blow all the excess sugar/baking soda off the table so mom think you’ve cleaned
  6. Open the oven door 348349 times to over protectively check on the cookies
  7. Stand in the middle of the kitchen with your eyes closed inhaling the smell, and going into a meditative state. But remembering to take the cookies out at 8 minutes on the dot.

So, you want the recipe for these sweet moist babies?! Keep scrolling, not far to go.

I talk too much.

This recipe made me 8 cookies. They don’t look that large, but they were incredibly filling – I would highly recommend that you cut the size of each cookie ball to make more manageable portions, especially as when going back for seconds…the mind only counts in simplistic ‘number of cookies eaten’ terms! But yeah, they taste amazing with milk/hot tea, and are like a mini meal on their own…

Preheat oven to 175*C

  • 1 cup of peanut butter (Avoid using homemade, the texture will produce a flat, limp cookie)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • Chocolate chips + chunks (Chunks should be the dominant type!)
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together, add the egg. Whisk in with a fork.
  2. Freeze for 15 minutes/refrigerate for 2 hours prior to baking. This is especially important if you’re in a hot area. Warm cookie dough = flat cookies. (I’ll pretend that I didn’t skip this step due to impatience and kidding myself it’s okay because it snowed 2 weeks ago)
  3. Take out of freezer, roll into cookie dough balls and place on baking sheets. Space them apart generously. (Brown cookie dough sheets are better for a soft chewy cookie)
  4. Cook for 8 minutes. 8-10 depending on your oven. But keep checking on them. They’re done when they start going golden brown
  5. Leave to cool for an extra 2 minutes in the turned off oven (This helps the inside cook a little extra)
  6. Then place on a wire rack if you have one, and wait about 30 minutes before you can move them without any disintegration.

And voila!

Peanut butter chocolate chip chunky cookies

Peanut butter chocolate chip chunky cookies

Hope you enjoy, please leave your feedback and comments! Have a good week 🙂

Fudgy Brownie Divinity – Recipe

5 Feb

These Brownies were just THE FUDGIEST, DIVINEST CHOCOLATIEST AND DELICIOUSEST brownies EVER! (Yes I understand these words aren’t the social norm…yet! Try them for yourself and see what you can say?!)

I ate 4 in one go…(Trust me it was a lot) I swore I wouldn’t never eat brownies again…and made them again the next week. Absolutely yummy… a favorite with friends and family! And extra benefit of these brownies is they contain ZERO butter! All vegetable/canola oil, which helps retain moisture so they actually never expire! (But consider the egg ingredient when you save them under your bed for later;))

I prefer to up the cocoa and cut the sugar for a more dense and deep chocolate taste 🙂 The white chocolate chips were just the icing on the icing. These brownies MUST be tried! They can also be vegan friendly if egg and milk substitutes are used. I bought these into school, and once word was spread I had managed to give away an entire 3 batches. Man, I should have been charging. They were popular. Consider your own verdict…

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I hope you enjoy this recipe and leave some feedback!!

Makes 1 9×9 in pan

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • As many chocolate chips/walnuts as you desire!
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan (I use greaseproof paper)
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; gradually stir into the egg mixture until well blended. Stir in walnuts, if desired. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the brownie begins to pull away from edges of pan. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting into squares.

I found that the brownies were worryingly fudgey and runny for about an hour after being removed. But they solidified afterwards! They taste AMAZING though, when fresh out of the oven and served with vanilla ice cream!! *Drool*

Depending on the power of your oven, check on the brownies every 2 minutes after the 20 min mark, you don’t want them to burn, but do not under cook else they will not cut!

I can swear by this recipe as being THE BEST EVER! How do you like your brownies?

Good day all!