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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 🙂

All happy Mondays start with pancakes!

5 Feb

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Maple syrup whole wheat pancakes

Happy Monday everyone! This was the delicious plate presented to me at breakfast by Mr Monday Morning! It was a long weekend, so much work to do it was crazy!

The weathers warming up, its been a whole 7 degrees! Perfect for long strolls in a breezy wind! I picked up some goodies from Aldi – needless to say I have since been addicted to fig rolls and brioches! Also, anyone know how to get rid of biscuit cravings without buying more cheap & delicious European goodies?!

Milk brioches! 87p for this whole bag! Love Aldi

Milk brioches! 87p for this whole bag! Love Aldi

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The Aldi caramel tastes 100% better than good old galaxy! Will DEFINITELY be buying more of this! So creamy and smooth! The spirals are basically Kinder buenos…Bought more my brother but got I certainly good feedback on those! 🙂

I have also got a new found addiction to FIG ROLLS. 2 days later, minus 2 cartons and milk and an entire packet of fig rolls. I think it’s time to admit….I need to buy a new fix!! They’re so yummy! The crazy thing is that I actually don’t like figs…Having been presented to a plate of fruit resembling raw mince meat I hadn;t touched the stuff ever since. But the words ‘Sweet golden pastry encrusting a sweet fig filling..’ were too hard to resist.

Lunch was chickpeas. Having spent half of the morning arguing with my mom (who hates chickpeas) arguing that chickpeas are amazing, I decided to conquer the kitchen and make chickpeas. How can anyone hate chickpeas?! I intended to make Espinacas con Garbanzos – basically spanish for, well…Spinach and chickpeas. But decided instead to use up the rest of the turmeric we had and made chana masala. Yummo, served with squidgy microwave taters. And a mountain of unpictured black pepper (For aesthetic purposes 😉 I will post the recipe for this! 🙂

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Chickpea chana masala! Extra spicyyyy!

Later on in the day, I jumped on a tube train and rode to Kensington High street to check out their library – Beautiful! I totally walked round the area and spent a good hour in Waterstones trying to get rid of my book voucher! But came out empty handed…Then took an hours walk through London, past Hyde park, Mayfair, Picadilly Circus and up to Euston Square  London is so beautiful. Then I studied so hard and so much that my brain was sizzling and geared up to study until nigh was high, then went straight home and studied more.  😉

Having clocked up a good 15 miles over the whole day I was ravenous when I got home at about 5ish and cooked up a massive pasta dinner for myself and my bro’s! Spaghetti arrabiatta…faturing PARSLEY. And heaps of it.

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This really, really hit the spot. Did you know that a 100g serving of pasta (dry) actually has a whole 11g of protein? A baked potato only has about 4g, WITH skin!

I told my friend that this plate was from a restaurant…she said she would have totally bought that…if there wasn’t the parsley mass. I’m a herbaholic with a reputation!!

Dessert was lots of warmed skimmed milk (Sweeter than whole) And some biscuits. Oh so delicious biscuits, why can’t you be on my tongue forever…?

WP_20121230_028 And that was Monday gone!! Did you guys have a good start to the week too?

I can’t wait till the weather warms more, I’m really missing those long sunshine walks!!

Have an amazing week! Thanks for visiting 🙂