Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pinehaven Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

 Instead of regular peanut butter cookies, how about using one of the new "chocolate" peanut butters? Some time back I bought a jar of Skippy Natural Peanut Butter Spread with Dark Chocolate (creamy). Would it lend the taste of chocolate to a peanut butter cookie?
 Well, not much. The cookies are darker than regular peanut butter cookies and they come out of the oven with a hint of chocolate. But Reese Peanut Butter Cups they are not.

 Using our standard - and much loved - peanut butter cookie recipe, I simply substituted the chocolate peanut butter.

Pinehaven Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup chocolate peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (artificial in my case)
1-1/4 cups white flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream margarine, chocolate peanut butter, white sugar, brown sugar, egg and vanilla together.
Combine remaining dry ingredients: flour, soda, salt
Blend into creamed mixture
Shape into one inch balls with a teaspoon, drop onto ungreased cookie sheet*
  * Note: I use parchment paper on my cookie sheet for easy clean-up
Crisscross with a fork as desired, pressing down.
Bake at 375° for 12 minutes, a dozen at a time, evenly spaced
Makes 30 cookies

 I tend to like larger cookies than many recipes call for. This recipe makes 30 of what, for me, is a standard size cookie. I made two dozen by pressing them down with a small glass dipped in granulated sugar but did not crisscross with a fork (these are the ones pictured). The remaining six I made as the recipe notes. Conclusion: save yourself some time. Just crisscross and leave it at that.

Added: Note 1 -What do I think of them? Well, I figured my comment about them not being Reese PB Cups offered somewhat of an explanation. With only a nuance of chocolate, they're pretty much regular PB cookies (which I love). They look a bit different (darker) but that's about the most I can say. Are they good? You bet!
            Note 2 - This recipe makes a crispier cookie.


  1. Great idea and fun to think about! Usually, you are so thorough - food for thought...are they good or not?

  2. I don't know who your 'other' anonymous is - but, I agree - are you SLIPPING??? lol
    Hey, Bill - HOW about you link the FOOD oriented blogs to your FOOD FOR THOUGHT page? Recipes, ect - that feature NAME brands?
    Question: can you have sponsored ads on your blog pages? Something to think about...maybe
    I think you might get more following if you can highlight the link on FB when you mention a BRAND - can you do that?
    You make a GREAT food critic - especially when to say it is tasty or not!

  3. I suppose I just don't have a money-making drive. For me, the joy is in the doing and photographing the results. I'll never be a rich man.