The BEST PB Choc Chip Cookies

A few weeks ago my friend Patty brought me the Cake Boss {Buddy Valasto’s} Cookbook, and I have loved everything I have made from it so far! I made a batch of his peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for my kids and babysitter the other night when my husband and I went on a date to watch the new man of steel movie (which was awesome!) And my kids have not stopped raving about them since! {My son Braden who’s 4 is the biggest cookie-dough fiend I know!} So today I decided to make some more. Since this recipe is a new family fave and i’m sure I will be referring to it a lot, I decided to write it up: I didn’t change the ingredients, but I re-wrote the directions to make them a lot simpler and shorter. Instead of rolling them out into a log shape and cutting them (which took a whole page to explain) I decided to just make 1/4 cup, big, soft ones and change up the cooking temperatures and times. These are by far the best PB chocolate chip cookies I have ever had! I LOVE this recipe! I know you guys will too!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening (such as Crisco)
1/4 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
1 extra-large egg
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for flouring your work surface
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped (optional)

Directions:

Position the rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350degF.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the peanut butter, shortening and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and beat at medium speed until the ingredients are blended together, about 1 minute.

Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed for 1 minute, stop and scrape, then continue to mix until the mixture is smooth and shiny, about another 30 seconds.

Add the flour and baking powder and mix on low speed for 1-2 minutes until well combined. Sprinkle in the chocolate, peanut  butter chips, and chopped peanuts, if using. Mix until the chips are evenly distributed, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, using nonstick spray or a dab of butter in each corner to glue the paper in place. Use a 1/4 cup measure and level out the cookie dough. Place on the baking sheet and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand so the cookies look like this:

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Bake 13-15 minutes. {The cookies might look as if they’re far from being done, but by the time they’ve cooled and set, they will be soft and perfect!SONY DSC SONY DSCSONY DSC SONY DSCSONY DSC
<3 Sarah