granola, and non-edible treats like shirts, dorm room decorations, and whatever other fun stuff she found. (By the way, my mom STILL sends me packages. Best mom ever, right? I hope I never get too old for those...)
Now that my brother is in college, I can't help but want to pass along the excitement of receiving packages at school. When he hinted that my frequent tweets about food were making him hungry, I knew I owed him some cookies. His only requirement were that I not send anything weird. Chocolate and peanut butter are anything but weird, so I chose to make him some chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips. These were a staple in our house growing up and I hadn't had them in years. In fact, I was tempted to keep a few cookies back for myself....but then remembered Quinn's giant appetite and decided I'd better send them all! I did sneak one warm from the oven and they were just as good as I recalled--intense chocolate flavor with the sweetness of peanut butter. I must say, dropping these off at the post office and picturing my brother receiving them was far more satisfying than stuffing my face with a dozen cookies!
One Year Ago: Golden Grahams S'mores Bars
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
adapted from allrecipes.com
*makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen cookies
-3/4 cup butter, melted
-1/2 cup white sugar
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1 cup all-purpose flour
-3/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 cup peanut butter chips
1. In a large bowl, mix melted butter with sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture. Stir in peanut butter chips.
2. Chill dough for at least one hour. (*Do not skip this step!!! Cookies are already super flat as it is!) Remove from fridge and preheat oven to 350F. Using a cookie scoop, drop rounded balls of dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.