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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Friday, November 4, 2011

Peanut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These are not your ordinary peanut butter cookie with chocolate chips thrown in. This recipe has its own identity, with roasted peanuts and a chopped up chocolate bar for lots of crunch and flavor. When I'm in the mood for a peanut butter/chocolate combo, this is the recipe I choose. I don't know which I prefer, the dough or the finished cookie! :-)

If you don't have a chocolate bar laying around (What? You don't?) then by all means feel free to use chocolate chips. Milk or dark chocolate works just fine. If you like white chocolate, I'm sure that would be great too!

Peanut Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Makes ~ 24 cookies

2-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened (or regular butter and omit 1/2 tsp salt)
3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup dry-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1 bar (8 oz) milk or dark chocolate, chopped coarsely (or 1 cup chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350-F.

In small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, beat butter and peanut butter until blended. Add in both sugars and beat until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. On low speed, beat in flour mixture. Stir in nuts and chocolate until combined.

Scoop with cookie scooper onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.

Happy Baking!


  1. These look amazing! I love big, soft, fluffy cookies.

  2. Thanks, Leah, that is a perfect description! I love the chewy texture with the crunch of the peanuts.

  3. Just made a batch of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (the standard kind: I just swap out 1/2 cup of butter for 1/2 cup peanut butter) so will definitely have to try these out. Yum!

  4. these look ridiculously delicious! yum! thanks for linking to foodie friday!
    Not Your Ordinary Recipes

  5. Chocolate laying around THIS house???? HA! That is too funny.....Looks like you have given me another cookie challenge....I love peanut butter cookies.

  6. YUM! PB, Chocolate Chunks- two of my favorite things.

  7. These cookies sound divine da'ling.

    Thanks for linking up with me, I hope you come back this week and link up again.

    ~your newest follower


  8. OMG! My mouth is watering, I just printed the recipe...guess what I'm cooking tomorrow???

    Mmm Mmm good!!!

  9. I am a cookie monster - YUUUMMM! Thanks for sharing another 'enticing' recipe. =) You can't go wrong with a PB/Choco combo for sure.

  10. Mmmm...my hubby and I love anything with peanut butter and chocolate. Definitely going to try this :) Thanks for the recipe and thanks for stopping by my blog...following you back!



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