Thursday, September 16, 2010

Peacemaking Chocolate Cookies

These cookies were created extra special for my friend Jennifer Nance, who was left behind from lunch today. I have been playing around with turning my chocolate chip cookie recipe into a chocolate and ______ chip recipe. (I made a test batch earlier this week that were chocolate w/ butterscotch chips- a must try!) At her request, here is my "something with peanut butter" treat!

Preheat even to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine:
2 c white flour
1/4 c whole wheat flour
1/2 c cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt

In a large bowl (or the kitchen aid mixer bowl), beat until creamy:
2 sticks of softened, unsalted butter
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c splenda (granulated)
3/4 c packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Add 2 eggs, separately until incorporated into mixture.
Add flour mixture and beat until well blended.
Mix in by hand (even if you are using the mixer) 1 bag of peanut butter chips (sold with the chocolate chips).

Bake for 8-12 minutes depending on cookie size. Makes 4 dozen small cookies or 2 dozen large cookies.

To reverse back to traditional chocolate chip cookies, leave out the cocoa powder and reduce splenda to 1/4 c.

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