Crumbly Peanut Butter Cookie Dough-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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M mmm these Crumbly Peanut Butter Cookie Dough-Chocolate Chunk Cookies were so good! They're not the prettiest cookies out there, but the flavor and texture is really unique. I'll get to that in a second.

But first, the Great Blackout of 2010. It happened the other night around ten in the evening when I was working on my blog and Eric was doing some Facebooking. All of a sudden, the lights flickered off, the air conditioning stopped and the TV shut off...ending our Jersey Shore marathon.

We were left in complete darkness. Eric stumbled over to his desk, searching for a candle to light, and knocked over my huge glass of blueberry juice on to the carpet.

Then utter chaos happened as we scrambled to grab towels and blindly scrub the carpet, swearing up a storm. We cleaned it up as best as we could, lit some candles, and tried to see if there was a stain. But it was too dark - and we don't have flashlights. Note to self: Buy flashlights and batteries.
And chip clips and toilet paper.

We peered out the windows and saw that our neighborhood and the surrounding area were completely black. Neighbors started gathering outside, trying to figure out what happened. Eric and I watched them as they pulled out their lawn chairs, their six packs, and started to have a party in the parking lot. ? Weirdos. I'm serious.

Eric and I refuse to join the mob of people. He plays on his phone, I read a book by candle light.
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Hours pass. My head hurts from candle fumes and I have to stop reading. Eric's phone dies. There was absolutely NOTHING to do. No TV, no internet, no baking.

At that point it was time for wine. We drive to Walmart, buy cherry wine, return home and drink wine immediately.
Oh look, it's all gone. It was tasty and made us feel better.
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At that point, it was getting hot in our townhouse but there was nothing we could do. We broke out our emergency mini fans.
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They were fun, but very little comfort to us. After four hours of the power being off, it was late and we decided to try and sleep, even though it was miserably hot. As I drifted off to sleep, I worried about my ice cream sandwiches melting away in the freezer.

Three AM. Power comes back on and all is well. The end.

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So I was going to tell you about the unique texture and flavor of these cookies. These peanut butter cookies are crumbly, like, they crumble into big pieces - not tiny little pieces. They crumble like that because I made these cookies differently than I usually do.

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I didn't use a mixer; I made them basically how you'd make scones or biscuits. I whisked together the eggs, sugars, vanilla and peanut butter in one bowl. In a separate bowl, I kneaded together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and tiny pieces of cold butter. Then I gently stirred the dry ingredients into the wet, along with chocolate cookie dough candy, peanut butter chips and chocolate chunks. Oh my, yes - I wasn't messing around.

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I then formed large balls of dough and froze them on a cookie sheet. After chilling for a while, I baked the cookies at 375 degrees (relatively high for cookies) for 12 minutes. The result was a crumbly peanut butter cookie with a crispy outer shell, and a moist, slightly gooey inside.

I wish I had more right now, but sadly they're all gone

Have a wonderful weekend! I'm most likely going to be making some big changes with my blog over the next week. So wacky things might happen or the site might be down. Just letting you know.

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Crumbly Peanut Butter Cookie Dough-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 package chocolate covered cookie dough candy
1/2 cup chocolate chunks
1/2 cup peanut butter chips

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large mixing bowl, whisk peanut butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla and egg until well combined and shiny - about 2 minutes.

Knead butter into flour mixture until well incorporated and small lumps form; stir flour mixture, cookie dough candy, chocolate chunks and peanut butter chips into wet ingredients until just combined - do NOT overmix! Batter should look shaggy and floury.

Gently form balls of dough and place on greased cookie sheets. Place in refrigerator or freezer and chill 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake cookies for 11-12 minutes or until light golden on top. Cool 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 16 big cookies


39 comments:

  1. These sound completely incredible. Like this is one ingenious recipe. How do you come up with these things??

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  2. How fortunate that you had the minifans during the blackout, lol... cute photo!

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  3. Ha ha! Fun times, in a power outage. These cookies look fabulous. Maybe I'll make them this weekend. :)

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  4. These look so good, but I've never heard of chocolate covered cookie dough candy. What is the brand name you used and where did you buy it?

    Thanks!

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  5. I have been following your blog for about a month now...it makes me smile every time! You are too funny and your baking is just down right yumminess!!!! I too have the late nite baking problem... just.can't.seem.to.stop!!!!! I have two little ones who wake up rather early...so I really should be getting to bed early...but I swear my mixer calls my name every night!!! I live in KS and we venture to the ozarks often....so we are not too far!!! Just wanted to say thanks for sharing all of your fabulous recipes!!!! Can't wait to see the changes in the blog!!!!

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  6. LOVE this idea! A Scone Cookie! Or, a Scookie? Sconookie? I'll ponder that and get back to you. After I eat my weight in these cookies.

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  7. I don't think you can get better than peanut butter in a cookie. So good. Really!

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  8. Oh yum! These look fantatsic and I love the rustic crumbly texture.

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  9. I don't think I'm very well prepared for any blackout. Should that happen and I can't do anything, I think the most important is to have a big flask of hot water to make hot drinks and lots of cookies and snacks around me :D Hope your ice cream didn't melt. Love your cookies. Love the rough look. Thanks very much for sharing. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  10. Those look amazing! I don't think we get those chocolate chip cookie dough candies here, but when I move to the bigger city for college I will have to hunt them down so I can bake these! ^_^

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  11. haha that blackout story sounds intense! but cookies sure made up for it!

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  12. I love the chunks--cookies that break apart make them that much more fun to eat :)

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  13. Wow, did you ever find out the reason for the blackout?And was there a blueberry stain?
    The cookie recipe sounds great but where do I find cookie dough candy?? I have been looking in the candy section of the grocery store with no luck. What company makes them...anybody know??

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  14. Facebooking? That's the best you could come up with? Why couldn't I have been checking stock quotes or looking in to which Ivy league school to apply for?

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  15. That cookie recipe is ALMOST as good as your blackout story. The best line? "Add chip clips and toilet paper."

    How can someone who is such a great baker be sooo funny too? It's a winning combination.

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  16. MMMMM,....These cookies look incredibly tasty!

    delightful cookies!!

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  17. we don't realize just how reliant we are on electricity until it's gone. frankly, i couldn't live without it...and i don't know if i'd want to!
    swell cookies--crumbly or not, as long as pb and chocolate are involved, i'm there!

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  18. Ewww...a blackout. Always when you least expect it too. Did you ever get the stain out? The cookies look great Emily!

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  19. If I ever get a blackout soon I wish I can have a huge bucket full of those cookies to keep me "company" while I wait for the power to come back.

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  20. Will be trying those cookies asap. And how funny, I have that same exact dish! Our power goes out quite often on Guam, generators abound. :)

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  21. It's Murphy's Law - the power will always go off at crucial moments, especially if you are baking. Love tehse cookies - they'd be great as icecream sandwiches.

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  22. Thanks everyone!

    Sherry G... in visions. ;)

    Sugar Queen, I bought it at Walmart. I can't remember the brand, though.

    Hi Amalia, welcome! Thank you so much for reading! The late night baking is a problem, isn't it? :)
    Maybe I'll swing by to Kansas for a visit sometime.

    Stephanie, a Snookie!

    Mary, good idea! I love hot chocolate.

    Nancy, no, we didn't figure it out. And thankfully, yes the stain did come out. I'm not sure of the brand of cookie dough candy, but I bought it at walmart.

    Eric, haha. Sorry! I had to think fast. I know you're better than that. Loves you. Good luck at the dentist tomorrow.

    Sue, awww so sweet!

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  23. Wow, these cookies sound FANTASTIC. I don't have anything more original to say about that. Just gorgeous.
    Glad your ice cream sandwiches held up ;)

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  24. I am so impressed by your ability to come up with new and genius recipes!

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  25. Sounds like once you had the cherry wine you understood what the guys partying with the beer were doing. ;-)

    I remember the big blackout in the Northeast a few years ago. I was stuck alone in the house with no money, no food, and no flashlights. There was a pizza place that seemed to be running, but I had no cash to buy pizza. My dinner was some chocolates that were a gift from a client.

    At least you're back to power, back to baking, and enjoying those awesome looking cookies!

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  26. I think I'd die without the air conditioner! What an interesting method of making cookies. I want to try these out!

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  27. Of all the blogs I read, yours is my absolute favorite! Your sense of humor cracks me up and I really admire your creativity in the kitchen! I've tried several of your recipes and they are all wonderful. I really enjoyed the Garden Carrot-Zucchini Bread! I'll just die if you ever stop blogging!

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  28. I would be so upset if anything were to bring a Jersey Shore marathon to an end before I was ready.

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  29. wow, the way you describe these... i must whip up a batch soon!

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  30. The gooey inside and crumbly outside sound like such a winning combo - yum!

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  31. Well, now I didn't think peanut butter-chocolate chip cookies could get any better -- and then you went and took them up a notch! They look delicious!!!

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  32. Those look amazingly like the elusive Levain cookies--I think you've stumbled on their secret! Another entertaining post--you are such a hoot. (And so cute!)

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  33. Hehe I've had a lot of fun during black-outs :) Are the cookies a happy mistake, or were you really going for this? Either way, they look amazing!

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  34. oh yes, I'll be trying these for suuuuuure!

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  35. These look absolutely amazing!!!

    I hate when the power goes out . . . it hasn't happened to me since my last apartment in college and it happened all the time there- seriously- every time a strong wind blew it meant goodbye power. so frustrating!!

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  36. Those cookies look awesome, Emily. I just recently bought some Butterfingers to make pb cookies with those in them, but these sound better. I love the idea of making them crumbly and like a scone, but still get a yummy cookie and yum, I'm going to make them. Bye.
    ;)
    I need to not let 7 posts from you go by before visiting! I think it will get better with school starting this week! Yippee!

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  37. These look (and sound) great!
    Hate when the power goes out..thank goodness I didn't live in the "olden" days :)

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  38. looks great! i have a recipe that looks similar though the ingredients are way different. i'll have to compare. and i LOVE that plate!

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