Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Swirl Cookies

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Can we talk about peanut butter? I understand there are a lot of you out there who love the stuff. Don’t shout at me, but I just don’t get it. I never have. Peanut Butter, along with Marmite, is one of those things that other children had in their lunch boxes and we just didn’t.  I can’t explain it. I love peanuts. Put a bowl of peanuts in front of me and they haven’t got a hope. Turn my favourite little treats into butter though, and there’s just something about the smell and the texture I can’t stand.

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While we were on holiday a few weeks ago, my very patient boyfriend watched me eat satay sauce with a spoon. I may have even (look away Mum), used a finger to scoop out the bits the spoon just couldn’t reach. On witnessing this most ladylike of displays, he asked, if I love satay so much, why I don’t I eat more peanut butter? So I decided to give it another go. I tried it on toast, that really didn’t do it for me. I made some banana and peanut butter cookies which, quite frankly, were horrid. Then I tried these. Dark, sticky fudgy chocolate cookie, swirled with subtle peanut butter cookie, all run through with copious amounts of chocolate chips. These are delicious. I can forgive the presence of peanut butter in them. I even understand why it’s there. It goes so well with the rich chocolate chip dough. I have a sneaky suspicion that if you served them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream you’d have something akin to Ben and Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream on your hands. Could I give you higher praise than that?

So, while I still don’t love peanut butter, I do love these cookies. I guess that’s a start!

Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Swirl Cookies

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(adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Ingredients

Chocolate Cookie Dough

55g butter

50g white sugar

55g brown sugar

1/2 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

65g plain flour

60g cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1tbsp milk

75g chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

55g butter

55g brown sugar

25g caster sugar

1/2 egg

50g peanut butter

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp baking soda

130g plain flour

pinch salt

75g chocolate chips

Method

Start by making the chocolate dough. Cream the sugars together with the butter until creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa powder. Gradually mix into the wet ingredients. The dough will be very thick, and for a while might look like its not going to combine, but keep working at it. Add the milk, then fold in the chocolate chips. Wrap the dough in cling-film and put it in the fridge to chill.

Next, make your peanut butter dough. Cream the butter and sugar together until soft. Add the peanut butter, then the egg, then the vanilla. Beat until well combined. Mix in the flour and baking soda. Stir in the chocolate chips. Wrap and chill.

Leave the doughs in the fridge for about two hours to really chill. This will be important when you come to shape your cookies.

Preheat your oven to 350F/180C. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.

Take a large spoonful of chocolate cookie dough. Roll it into a ball. Do the same with the peanut butter. Next, squash both these balls together and roll until they have formed one large ball, have chocolate, half peanut butter.

Bake for 11-12 minutes. Take them out when they still look a little underdone, they will keep cooking a little as they cool down, and you’ll be left with a lovely soft cookie.

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Comments:

  1. You didn’t have peanut butter or marmite as children as I don’t like them so you can blame me. These cookies look lovely and Iwill give them a go.

  2. Peggy Munday says:

    I’m not a peanut butter fan either, it always coats my mouth with an unpleasant oily dry (does that make sense?) taste. My grandson loves it – and chocolate- so Luke and I will be making these in the summer i’m sure. Keep the recipes coming, love from the Mundays and co.

  3. Well, well, well. I could not have said it better myself than your #1-#4 photos. The joining of two insanely delicious cookies into one = supercalifragilisticexpialidocious combo. Um, genius!

  4. I wish I didn’t love PB. I think I would lose 5 lbs in a week if I stopped eating the stuff! haha! Your cookies look great! The swirl is so pretty

  5. These look AMAZING. Can’t wait to try making these 🙂

  6. Don’t think I’m every going to be a convert. Tempted to try with nutella instead tho :p

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