This summer has been a slow one, I’ll admit that. Job searching takes way longer than I anticipated! But I really didn’t want to waste these few months, so I’ve been baking a few times a week for my older neighbors, Mrs. M & Mrs. P. I’m not a great baker, I’ll admit that, but I continue to be adventurous and try everything, even when the final product isn’t so pretty. So todat, Monday, is one of my “delivery” days. I present to you, the best damn cookies. And yes, they’re my recipe so I’m a bit prejudiced, but give them a go! And they say you shouldn’t eat raw dough, and seriously don’t because you don’t want to risk salmonella, but this dough is HEAVENLY. No lie, it’s so rich and delicious, you can only really eat a tiny bit at a time.
So first things first, preheat the oven. I somwhow always manage to forget to do this until I’m done mixing everything, but do this first!!
375° is sort of standard, but let the oven get nice and hot while you do your mixing.
Into a big ole bowl, place:
1 cup butter, softened. Margarine is fine as well.
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar. If you want your cookies not as sweet, drop it to 1/2 cup. I like em sweet 🙂
A few drips of vanilla flavor. I like to put about a tablespoon, I loveeeee vanilla flavoring.
Mix that all together until it’s all combined. You can do this by hand, but I like to use my trusty hand mixer.
In a separate bowl(or you can use the same one if you don’t feel like washing another dish) you will need to add:
2 1/2 cups of flour
A dash of salt if you didn’t use salted butter
A pinch of baking soda
Add this to your mixture. I like to add it about a 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Now here’s the good part. Mix in some chocolate chips. You can add a lot, you can add a little, it’s up to you. I added about 1 1/2 cups. Now, add a heaping tablespoonful of peanut butter. I use creamy. Now this part is up to you, but if you love a nice hazelnut spread, listen up. Add a heaping spoonful of that into the mix. Nutella isn’t real cheap, so I suggest using a generic store brand instead. I used the ShopRite brand, tasted the same.
Now mix everything in, really really well. This dough is SUPER stiff. Like literally the stiffest dough I have ever worked with. You’re going to have to abandon your trusty hand mixer and use a spoon or even clean hands.
Now I don’t measure when I place my dough on my sheets. I just eyeball each pinch, and try to roll them into roughly the same sizes. This is a ton of dough. I made about 2 dozen good sized cookies, and STILL had some left over. So I made a heart shaped cookie pizza 🙂
Place these in your preheated oven for about ten or so minutes.
Take em out, let em cool, and make em pretty :-)!
I just drizzled a warmed up hazelnut spread & peanut butter mixture ovwr top.
These are ah-may-zing. Seriously. Wonderful. They’re chocolate chip, but you get a nice peanut butter flavor, and the hazelnut spread does come through. Try em out and let me know what you think!!
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