Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies
Thanks to tropical storm Lee, it has been quite soggy here in Pittsburgh since Saturday. Grey skies, a constant rain with some downpours splattered in, much cooler temperatures, and overall pretty dreary has been the norm for the last few days. For the most part, I revel in weather like that – sometimes there is nothing better than a chilly, grey day to wash away any guilt you might feel for throwing on your comfiest clothes, curling up on the couch under a cozy blanket and watching some favorite movies, catching up on the DVR or reading a favorite book. Another fabulous rainy day activity – baking, of course! I got myself back into the kitchen after the long holiday weekend with one thing on my mind: cookies. Quite specifically, an amped-up peanut butter cookie with chunks of peanuts in every bite. These are now officially a perfect rainy day snack.
I have had a favorite peanut butter cookie recipe since I was a kid and baking holiday cookies with my mom. They are totally fabulous peanut butter cookies, which will always be a staple for holiday cookie trays. However, a few weeks ago I went to pick up my mom’s CSA bounty at a local farm, and they were selling a bunch of different homemade cookies. They had ginormous peanut butter cookies that I totally couldn’t resist. I bought one and started munching on it on my way home – it was a little crisper than I like my peanut butter cookies, but I loved that there were tons of peanuts mixed in.
Those beauties were my inspiration for these cookies – a great recipe from Dorie Greenspan that I kept pretty much the same, but I made them much larger. You know my motto when it comes to cookies – go big or go home! These go perfectly along with the Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies – all nice, big cookies that are soft and chewy, with tons of flavor!
Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup crunchy peanut butter (not natural)
1 cup light brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
1½ cups chopped salted peanuts
½ cup granulated sugar, for rolling
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
3. With an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed for two minutes, until smooth and creamy. Add the peanut butter and beat for another minute or so until combined and creamy. Add the light brown and granulated sugar and beat for an additional 3 minutes, until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for about a minute after each addition, again scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Reduce the speed to low and add the dry ingredients gradually, mixing only until just combined. Mix in the chopped peanuts for about seconds.
4. Put the additional ½ cup of granulated sugar in a small bowl. Using a large cookie scoop (or about 3 tablespoons full of dough), scoop out the dough and roll into a ball. Drop the balls of dough into the sugar and roll around to coat, them place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches of space between them. Dip the tines of a fork in the sugar and press the tines against each ball in one direction, and then in a perpendicular directions - the balls of dough should now be flattened rounds with crisscross indentations.
5. Bake the cookies for about 10 to 11 minutes, until they are lightly browned and still a little soft. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for a minute before transferring them to a cooling rack. (If you are re-using baking sheets, be sure to cool the baking sheets between batches.) Cool to room temperature. The cookies should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Note #1: You can use creamy peanut butter, but I love all of the chunks from crunchy!
Note #2: You can use a no-stir natural peanut butter (such as Jif or Skippy), but not the stir kind that needs to be refrigerated.