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Tuesday
May182010

Sweet Obsession: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Inspired by David Lebovitz

Being a good baker is one thing, but being a baker worthy of stalking is completely another.

I'm talking, of course, about David Lebovitz, who introduces the recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies in his new book, Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes, in this way:

Shortly after my first book came out, my phone rang one night a little after 10:30 p.m. A reader had tracked me down to let me know, with urgency, that she loved these cookies, but that they took 10 minutes to bake in her oven instead of the 9 minutes indicated in the recipe.

When in doubt, err on the side of underbaking so your peanut butter cookies remain moist. Take them out when they are still a bit soft, as they'll continue to firm up a bit after cooling. This time, I've given a bit more latitude to the timing so as to avoid any late-night baking-related emergency phone calls.

Though he never quite says it, the message is pretty clear: this baking rock star has serious stalkers--er, groupies.

But were these cookies really stalker-worthy? I had to see for myself.

I've only made one change from the recipe as printed in the book: instead of using regular creamy peanut butter, I've used Peanut Butter and Company's Dark Chocolate Dreams, figuring that if anything, chocolate will make the recipe even better.

The result? A cookie that is very much the dictionary definition of what a peanut butter cookie should be: moist at the center, lightly crumbly just around the edges, with every bite rich in peanut buttery (accent on the butter) goodness.

These cookies will disappear quickly. Worthy of the worship? Well, let's just say you're gonna need the sugar-and-protein burst of energy to stand outside of Mr. Lebovitz's Parisian pad, clutching boombox a la Lloyd Dobler. Just remember whose idea it was to add the chocolate, sweeties.

Peanut Butter Cookies Worth Stalking

Adapted from Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes

Makes about 30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, or to take my variation, 1 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature

Procedure

 

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugars, and peanut butter on medium speed just until smooth. Beat in the egg. Add the flour mixture and mix just until the dough comes together. It will be a thick, solid mass of dough.
  3. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least two hours, but up to overnight.
  4. Remove the dough from the fridge and let it come to room temperature.
  5. Preheat oven to 350.
  6. Break off pieces of dough and roll them into 1-inch balls (the recipe calls for rolling them in granulated sugar, but I didn't do that. They were fine without this step, in my opinion, especially considering the added sweetness from the chocolate peanut butter).
  7.  Place on prepared (parchment-lined) baking sheets. Leave 3 inches between cookies. Lightly flatten and make a crosshatch pattern on each cookie using the tines of a fork (a spork doesn't work--no follow up questions).
  8. Bake, rotating the sheets midway through baking, until the cookies are dull and lightly browned around the edges but still lightly glossy/undercooked-looking in the middle (as they cool on the sheet they'll finish up). The bake time will be between 9-10 minutes.
  9. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the sheet (they will crumble if you try to remove them right away) and then transfer to a wire rack using a spatula. These cookies will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container, if they last that long.

Want more? You can buy the most excellent book here , or for more recipes and "An American in Paris" type lore, visit David's website and follow him on Twitter!

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Reader Comments (18)

Hilarious! I loved this post! I have got to try this recipe now. Thanks for sharing!

May 18 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I love the variation you added, sounds even more delicious!

May 18 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Mmm, chocolate PB! I've seen recipes for peanut butter cookies that have no flour in them at all... Do you think those would work? I'd definitely try this recipe, though. Thanks! :D

May 18 | Unregistered CommenterWei-Wei

i have been following your blog, and its so fun! i think this recipe looks SOO delicious!

May 18 | Unregistered Commentercassie

Thanks all! I know you'll enjoy the recipe if you try it--with regular peanut butter or with the added decadence of chocolate PB!

Wei-wei: I have seen such cookies too. I believe my beloved Betty Crocker's Cooky Book has a recipe for them. I also believe they're a no-bake cookie (kind of like a buckeye). But I could be wrong!
Cassie: Thanks!

May 18 | Unregistered CommenterCakeSpy

I don't know about the choc-PB cookies, but definite kudos for the Say Anything reference. :o)

May 18 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

delicious, everyone will think so, i thought

May 19 | Unregistered Commenterziona

My Goddaughter shared the no flour recipe w/me on Mother's day. My husband is gluten intolerant, so they are perfect for him and only three ingredients.... 1 cup pnut butter ( I sub'd in Maranatha creamy almond butter), 1 cup of sugar and 1 egg. I beat the egg & sugar together, then mushed in the almond butter. Drop by teaspoons on baking sheet and bake 8-10 min (depending on your oven) at 350 degrees. In part of the batch I added Enjoy Life's dairy free, soy free, etc chocolate chips. mmmmmm. It makes exactly two dozen cookies. I made them in my toaster oven last Sunday morning in about four batches since only about six fit on the toaster oven sheet.

They are delicious!

May 19 | Unregistered Commenterstampylisa

These look amazing-- I am definitely baking these soon! I love peanut butter cookies but chocolate and peanut butter cookies sound like heaven on earth!

May 19 | Unregistered CommenterMelleah

I made these! And they were SO good!!!

http://illcookifyoucleanup.blogspot.com/2010/05/chocolate-peanut-butter-cookies.html

June 1 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

can you use natural peanut butter for these cookies?

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July 18 | Unregistered Commenterwasai

I made these with chocolate almond butter. So good!

September 9 | Unregistered CommenterHilary
These look delicious! I'd love to make them as a gift but sadly, I don't have access to any Chocolate Dreams PB...do you think these would work with cocoa powder to add the chocolate-y element?
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