California trip with the Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies

23 Mar

Venice Boardwalk

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The Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies

As soon as I look out the plane window and see the urban sprawl that is Los Angeles, my body relaxes. It’s a strange reaction since L.A is traffic and smog, women who look 25 but are really 45, designer jeans and couture handbags but I love it all.  It makes me feel at home and it’s all I ever knew until I moved to Seattle five years ago. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m glad I moved away to see what else is out there but I think its about time I move back to the place I call home. Being here this week with family has really reinforced that thought.  However, it has been hard to bake anything in a kitchen that only involves a rusting whisker; thank god I love a challenge.  When I was roaming the supermarket aisles deep in thought about life, I saw a lovely jar of peanut butter sitting on the shelf next to 20 different brands of the same product.  It got me thinking about how many changes you can make to a standard peanut butter cookie recipe. So I decided to whip up a batch of the ultimate peanut butter cookies and let me tell you, they are mighty good.

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2  3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coconut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup reese’s pieces
  • 1/2 cup chocolate covered raisins
  1. Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars. Add vanilla and coconut butter. Beat in eggs.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into batter. Toss the reese’s pieces and the chocolate covered raisins in flour. Fold into batter.  Put cookie dough in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls and put on baking sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Do not over-bake.

One Response to “California trip with the Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. investment advisor April 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    Such a beautiful place!

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