My husband and I went to a movie and a book store for our date night last favorite kind of date. I could spend hours in a book store, especially in the cooking section. If you ever see a woman sitting in the corner, on the floor, with a stack of 20 cookbooks around her you can safely assume it is me...I am like a kid in a candy store! I bought The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook and I am so excited to try out the recipes...everything looks amazing.

The next morning I made the poppy seed bread and unfortunately I have mixed feelings about it. I am not sure if I am going to post it or not. I thought it was a little boring and there has to be a better recipe out there, we will see, I am still looking (if you have one please share it with me). The next recipe I tried was the Peanut Butter Cookies and they were a hit!

Peanut Butter Cookies
Adapted from The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook
Makes about 30 when using a 2 tablespoon scoop

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup chunky peanut butter at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar + extra for sprinkling
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup peanut butter chips

(NOTE: I used creamy peanut butter, eliminated the peanut butter chips and substituted milk chocolate chips...I cannot make a cookie without chocolate!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, the baking soda, the baking powder, and the salt.

In another large bowl, beat the butter and the peanut butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Add the egg, milk and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add the flour mixture and mix until incorporated. Stir in the peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.

On a plate, pour the 1 tablespoon of sugar for the sugar coating. Drop the measured cookie dough (I use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop) onto the sugar coating and cover completely. Put on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Use a spatula to flatten slightly.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not over bake.

Cookies may appear to be underdone, but this is just how you want them.

Remove to a cooling rack and try not to take a bite!



Diana's Cocina said...

It has been a long time since I have had a really good peanut butter cookie so I cannot wait to give these a try! They look heavenly.

Lidia said...

In a book store me too, I can stay for a week!!

Manu said...

I love peanut butter! Sounds delicious!

Kim said...

Peanut butter cookies are among my favorites, with or without chocolate!
Sounds like a wonderful new book.

Kitten with a Whisk said...

I love peanut butter cookies! WHy have I never thought to add chocolate chips to them? That is edible heaven.

Unknown said...

Love the color here, a classic

La Bella Cooks said...

A classic definitely worth revisiting. Your date nights sound just like mine. I love the book store too...

Just Cake Girl said...

I want those in my kitchen ASAP :))) GREAT!

Unknown said...

Just discovered your lovely blog!
These cookies are fab and yummy,
I am following you now, why don't you come to visit my little blog...
Have a nice day!

Edith Pilaff said...

Mmmmh,we have a passion in common...
I own more than 700 cookbooks...
And still i can't cook!!!

Allison said...

...or it might be me sitting with the 20 cookbooks...

Speaking of which, I've started a new blogging group that celebrates the love of the printed cookbook. I'd love it if you joined us. It should be lots of fun, and fuel all of our cookbook addictions. :)

These cookies look awesome. The book is still on my want list. You just pushed it closer to the top. :)

Megan @ Foodalution said...

Love that you put in chocolate chips.... I would have done the same - And I love your date night with your husband... so sweet and I love to plop myself down with cookbooks as well.... so much fun to dream about all the things you might bake.

Love this recipe - so much peanut butter... I confess, I have never made peanut butter cookies, there is a first time for everything!

Walnuts and Honey said...

This all looks deliscious! I would love to interview you for my blog if you have the time (email interview lol not a physical one :P)

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