Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Buttery Fudgy Deliciousness

Yummy! Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
As you might have guessed from some of my previous posts that Dork was recently out of town and Quirky and I went crazy cooking. It occupied our time and our minds and helped us to forget just how much we missed our Dork. Of course we had to make him something special for when he got back. So we decided that we would make him cookies, double chocolatey extra yummy cookies. We really...I mean really like...no love chocolate around here. So we started out pulling out all the ingredients to make the recipe for double chocolate cookies that I had when I realized that I was missing a good portion of the ingredients. I had less than half the butter I needed, only a third of the cocoa powder, on and one the list went. Yikes!...it's time to replenish the baking supplies. We could have given up...

but decided we really wanted to make Dork something to welcome him home. The other thing we decided was we really really did not want to go the store. So we decided that with a few tweaks, a little imagination, and a whole lot of hope we would make cookies. Whether they would taste good, we had no idea. Lucky us we had a whole tub of plain Greek yogurt...yeah substitute for butter! And we had a brand new jar of peanut butter, and really what could go better with chocolate? After thinking those two things through the rest just kind of fell in place. They turned out great...a cross between a flattened brownie and a little Debbie's fudge round. They were soft and chewy and yummy. Truthfully, Dork is lucky that they were here when he got home. In fact they were so good and we were so busy eating that I almost forgot to take a picture. In fact, what you are looking at is the last cookie and the picture does not do it justice.

Quirky's Double a Chocolate Peanutbutter Cookies

You will need:
1 1/2 sticks of butter
3/4 cups of plain Greek yogurt
2 cups of sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla 
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2-2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of peanut butter
2-3 cups of dark chocolate chips

First we mixed together the butter, yogurt, and sugar. Then we added in the eggs and the vanilla. It will look soupy at this point. Next we added in the cocoa and the baking powder. Then we added 3/4 cup of peanut butter to the mixture. Next we slowly added flour until we got a workable dough. We left the stand mixer on, slowly blending as we added each ingredient. If that is not an option for you, be sure sure to mix well between each addition. Last we added our chocolate chips, stirring them in by hand until the dough could simply hold no more. We scooped out large jumbo size cookies, but you can make them any size you want. Bake at 350° for about 10-15 minutes. If you choose to make smaller or larger cookies adjust your time accordingly. 

These cookies really were delicious, but the best thing was watching Quirky's face as she worked on these and talked about how excited her Dad was going to be.