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.
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.
At that point, it was getting hot in our townhouse but there was nothing we could do. We broke out our emergency mini fans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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