Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Chocolate and peanut butter chip cookie dough balls

MAKE THESE!! Right now! Go on, get mixing!
These cookie dough balls are awesome! And really easy. I'm sure you have everything in your pantry already. Except maybe peanut butter chips? Those aren't actually in the original recipe. I added those in cuz I know Tim and when I make anything without peanut butter, I ALWAYS hear "these would be good with peanut butter." I've learned to be one step ahead of him and just add it. That guarantees a seal of approval in our house!

So, anyway, if all you are missing is the peanut butter chips, no worries, leave 'em out! Everyone knows the main reason you make cookies is to eat some of the dough, anyway. Now you get the best of both worlds.  Pillows of doughy goodness and gooey melty chocolate and peanut butter chips!

Chocolate and peanut butter chip cookie dough balls
Adapted from My Life As A Mrs.

1 stick salted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon double acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips


Preheat oven to 350°.
Cream together butter and sugars until combined well. Make sure the butter is softened and not melted. This will help ensure that the cookies won't spread. Add egg and vanilla and beat until thoroughly combined (be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl).
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add half of the dry mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until it starts to come together. Add the remaining half of the dry mixture to the wet ingredients, and mix until well combined (try not to over mix - let it all come together but don't beat it longer than that).
Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips. Scoop into balls using a 1 1/2" cookie dough scoop (or just guesstimate with your hands). Place them evenly spaced apart on a cookie sheet.  They don't need a whole lot of space between them since they don't spread like normal cookies.
Bake for 10-11 minutes. Make sure to not over bake them! They make look undercooked-- and they are!! They are dough balls, not the normal baked cookies. You want them to be soft on the inside. Remove from oven and allow to cool and set for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.