Mmmm more cookies! And even better, more DOUBLE chocolate cookies and these one even have peanut butter. OMG they are good. So good you’ll want them all to yourself, no sharesies.
I’ve noticed that since the start of the new year, Pinterest and Instagram have been filled with healthy salads, detoxes and just general greenery, which is pretty much how it is every January. Did any of you make any New Year’s resolutions involving being healthy or losing weight? I don’t really believe in making resolutions anymore, mainly because I never keep them! I would definitely like to be more healthy this year, but today, well… Today is for cookies. Because really, you need a break from all the healthy greenery every now and again, and these cookies have “let’s have a treat break” written all over them!
I mean look at all the amazing cookie-ness up in there! Can anyone resist a soft chocolate inside mixed with a peanut butter flavour hit? I know I couldn’t! I may have had a few of these… 😀 I know for sure that these cookies make the first day back to work a lot easier. It was so hard this morning getting up at 6.30 again! At least it’s summer here so it was still light, I can imagine in the Nothern Hemisphere where it’s dark and cold in the morning it must be infinitely harder to get up early again after the holidays.
I do have some exciting news though, that made it easier for me to get up this morning… Next week I’m starting a new job! Wooo I’m really excited! I’ll be sad to leave everyone at the IT company that I’m currently working at as I’ve met so many great people and learned so much, I am very excited to start a new opportunity and I’ll be working in the International team in Government so it will be a lot more closely aligned to my interests and my degree. Yay for a new start for the new year!
For those of you getting up in the dark and cold though and not looking forward to it, these cookies will make it 100% easier and much more enticing than a wilted salad! 😉 Not that I’m bagging salads, because they can also be great and I don’t only eat baking… Mostly… But I do love cookies, don’t you? ?
Especially these cookies that have both real chocolate AND cocoa in the batter that give them a very intense chocolate flavour, plus they are stuffed with dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips AND peanut butter chips. That’s a lot of chocolate! All inside a deliciously soft cookie, that is just crispy enough on the outside. Mmmm is your mouth watering yet? I know mine is! Luckily these cookies are also easy, so you can even make them to celebrate surviving the first day back at work. Good luck to you all and happy baking!
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tspn baking powder
- 1/4 tspn salt
- 200g chocolate (for melting)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tspn vanilla essence
- 75g butter, softened
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter, melted
- 1 cup chocolate bits (or block of chocolate, roughly chopped)
- 1/2 cup white chocolate, roughly chopped
- Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave on low for about 1 minute. Stir until a smooth consistency is reached, if needed pop back in the microwave for another 30 seconds.
- In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl with an electric hand beater), place the softened butter and beat until pale and fluffy.
- Beat in the sugars, scraping down the sides every 10 seconds or so and the mixture will be grainy. Mix in the beaten egg/vanilla until incorporated.
- Add the chocolate in a steady stream and then add the melted peanut butter, beating well until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients on slow speed then fold in the chocolate chips by hand. Make sure not to overmix!
- Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.
- When you’re ready to bake the cookies, grease and line two baking trays and preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
- Scoop about 2 Tbspn of dough out and roll into a ball, spacing at least a couple of centimetres (around an inch) between each ball of dough.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies have just begun to set with the centre still looking soft as they will firm up as they cool.
- Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- The cookies will keep for up to a week, stored in an airtight container.