Baking – Jumbo Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I don’t make cookies and cakes with nuts in them because my daughter has a nut allergy. But recently I was overtaken by the urge to make a really nice, soft peanut butter cookie. I do have a peanut cookie recipe in my favourite recipe book, but I wanted something super soft and chocolate-y, which that recipe isn’t. So some Googling around led me to this recipe.

I made a batch of them and took them into work because it made SO MANY cookies, and my husband and I couldn’t possibly eat them all.* The cookies are HUGE. HUUUUGGEEEEEE. And they are completely delicious. Basically, you need to make these ASAP.

*we totally could.

125 grams butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons golden syrup
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups good quality dark chocolate, chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees celsius (I heated my fan forced oven to 170 degrees).

2. Cream together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth.

3. Beat in the eggs, then mix in the golden syrup, water and vanilla essence.

4. Combine the plain flour, bicarb soda and salt and sift the dry ingredients into the mixture. Add the chopped up dark chocolate and mix until it’s all combined.

5. Drop large spoonfuls onto a greased baking tray, about 5-8 centimetres apart. I used a dessert spoon with large spoonfuls of batter and then sort of gently shaped them into round-ish mounds (but not too much, just so they looked less messy).

6. Bake for about twelve minutes until they are just golden brown on the outside. Don’t let them become too golden brown or they’ll lose their chewiness.

7. Allow to cool and enjoy – preferably when the chocolate is still all melty like the above photo!

This recipe makes about 18 very large cookies, so making smaller cookies would yield about 35 cookies (just reduce the baking time to about 8-10 minutes if you make them smaller). It’s a super easy recipe and I honestly didn’t expect it to make SO MANY cookies. They’re really delicious, and as someone who doesn’t usually like dark chocolate, the subtle peanut flavour with the dark chocolate melty chunks compliment each other perfectly.

Until next time,

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