Monday, September 10, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies and The Night Time Baker!

Coming home from school was my favorite part of the day. Mom was always home, as soon as I opened the door I knew just what she had been doing. More often than not wonderful smells hit me. Chocolate cake, cookies, fresh bread, cinnamon rolls and maybe in winter a pot of beef stew. School cares were left at the door as we ate a home baked treat and chatted about our day.
I do think the power of smells is magical.

We had been married about 13 years, we had 6 small children and hubby was the mayor of our very small but rapidly growing town. He had meetings every week--oft times the meetings would get heated, tempers flared. My mild mannered hubby put up with this surprisingly well. I wanted home to be a place of love and happiness--and good smells! Hubby's meetings often went till late at night. I think that is when I became the "night time baker". I remembered my childhood and how troubles seemed to melt away at the smell of good food. So I put it to the test. Luckily my kids had early bedtimes. Once they were asleep the kitchen came to life. I would make brownies one night, cookies another and occasionally sweet rolls with caramel frosting.
Hubby opened the door from his harried meetings and a waft of delicious smells greeted him. I'm not saying all his problems disappeared but a waft of deliciousness met him at the door.

This tradition continued through another 5 years as he served as the Bishop of our church congregation. Starting a batch of brownies at 10 PM is normal at my house. Then breakfast is taken care of too!
Why this ramble down memory lane? Hubby spent a week in Alaska, he didn't get home till 10 PM. I started these yummy Peanut Butter Chocolate cookies at 9. He opened the door to hugs, kisses and a waft of sweetness. That is a good thing! And these are one delicious cookie. Very soft--don't be tempted to over bake. The drizzle of chocolate is the perfect finish. These would be yummy any time of the day or night!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
1 1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cube butter (4 ounces)
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (3 1/2 ounces)
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla

In a small bowl whisk together the flour. baking soda and salt.
In your mixer put softened butter, peanut butter and sugars. Mix about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Gently stir in the flour mixture. Please don't over mix. Bake at 350 degrees on parchment lined stoneware. Did you know you can get huge rolls of parchment paper at Costco. It's by the plastic wrap and foil. I do love my big roll of parchment paper!
I use my small Pampered Chef Scoop for these little gems. I did flatten them slightly before cooking. Bake for 9-11 minutes. My cookies needed the 11 minutes. Cool cookies for a few minutes on the sheet pan--they have to set up. When they can be safely moved to a cooling rack you are ready to pop them in the freezer for a few minutes. I'm usually in a hurry and the freezer is my friend! This batch makes about 3 dozen smallish cookies.

For the drizzle put 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips and 1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips in a heavy duty zip lock baggie. Add a heaping teaspoon of Crisco. Seal the bag and melt in microwave. My micro wave has a setting for melting chocolate--I love it. Without a setting just melt it at 50% power and stir every 30 seconds. When chocolate is warm, melted and very squishy--mix it together good. Cut a very, very small hole in the corner of the baggie. Pretend like you are on Cup Cake Wars and drizzle the now cold cookies. Have fun--you get to play in your food! Let the chocolate harden and serve. Or just enjoy before they are cool--they may be messy!
This recipe was inspired by Cooking Classy a blog I found while looking at quilting blogs. I have no idea how I found it!


Rebekah said...

I love soft peanut butter cookies! Those look delicious. And you're so right - smells can make all the difference. Some of my most powerful memories from my childhood are related to lovely smells from the kitchen.

Rebekah said...

I love soft peanut butter cookies! Those look delicious. And you're so right - smells can make all the difference. Some of my most powerful memories from my childhood are related to lovely smells from the kitchen.

Nedra said...

I saw where you pinned the recipe and was hoping you were going to make these!
What a wonderful, tender story and message of comfort food for Greg. It shows in the lasting love of your marriage.

Lizzy Do said...

Who wouldn't love coming home to the scent of something wonderful baking in the oven?!!! Even without a sniff, I know these peanut butter cookies are winners! They look divine~

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

These look SO good. I wish I could bake at night. I'm lucky if I make it past 9pm!

Kayte said...

You are such a sweet wife and mother and was so nice reading this post and imagining you with all those little ones and yet the heart to see your husband's needs as well...just so nice. xo

Danelle said...

I totally get the craving for baked goods late at night. These looks so yummy!

That Little Touch said...

I just ran across your blog and love it. So many new recipes to try. I became your newest fan and would love for you to stop by my blog.

Sue said...

It is said that the sense of smell conjures up the most memories...I think it's true:) Peanut butter cookies are the best, and your peanut butter granola looks fantastic too!

Cakelaw said...

Your hubby is very lucky -and these look delicious.

Jocelyn said...

I love how certain smells just transport you right back in time! I am glad that others bake late at night. It isn't strange for me to be baking around 10 pm too:-)

Gloria - The Ginger Snap Girl said...

It's 10pm and I just finished baking a crumb cake. There is nothing better than coming home and smelling sweet delicious baked goods. I'll have to get these a try...I haven't had much luck with peanut butter cookies. But I have a good feeling about these. said...

Wonderful cookies! I prefer nice soft cookies to crispy! I had a similar experience to you, my mom always had something delicious baking when I came home from school! I try to do the same for my family! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!