Sunday, November 13, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Half and Half Cookies

Two worlds collide.

Two very delicious worlds that is.  Chocolate and peanut butter go together like they were never meant to be apart.  I love the combination and am pretty sure that it is on most peoples favorite lists.  Of course there are those people who say they don't like chocolate, or peanut butter, or the combination.  I put those people in the same group as people who claim to not like macaroni and cheese.  Honestly, who does not like macaroni and cheese?!?!  

Anyway, back to these cookies.  These little cookies are addictive!  I came up with the idea to make them after seeing another recipe of chocolate chip cookies sandwiched with a chocolate chocolate cookies. I these delectable treats on vacation with two of my friends and I am ashamed to admit that we polished them off in one night.  In fact, we may have eaten all but one before we even landed at our destination!  I want to share these with you now because I know it is cookie making season with the Holidays coming up.  These cookies will definitely be a hit with anybody you share them with.   

Chocolate Peanut Butter Half and Half Cookies
recipe by Baked Perfection

makes approximately 5 - 6 dozen

Chocolate Dough

2 cups all-purpose flour
 cup baking cocoa
1 1.4 oz package of instant chocolate pudding Mix
 teaspoon baking soda
 teaspoon salt
 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
 cup granulated sugar
 cup packed brown sugar
 teaspoon vanilla extract
 large eggs
1 2/3
 cups peanut butter morsels

Combine flour, cocoa, pudding mix, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large  bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. 

Peanut Butter Dough

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.  In a large bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until well blended. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla one at a time. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine 1/2 tablespoon of each dough and roll into a ball.  Place onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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