Friday, May 31, 2013

'Healthy' Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

There are few pairings I love more than peanut butter and chocolate. To make it even better, its healthy peanut butter and chocolate. When I hear healthy cookies, that registers as one thing, I can eat more without feeling guilty. Whenever it ends with me getting to eat more cookies, I am in! These easy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are the perfect answer to your cookie craving without all the excess calories to throw you off track. These are chewy and creamy and delicious.

Recipe yields 12 cookies

1 cup creamy peanut butter (regular is best, leave the organic on the shelf for this one)
1 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the peanut butter and brown sugar. Mix until well combined and smooth.

Add the egg and vanilla to the bowl and beat until fully incorporated. Then add the baking soda and beat to incorporate.

Add the chocolate chunks to the bowl and stir in. Cover and refrigerate the dough to harden up, about an hour. (You can leave it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days before baking the cookies.)

Just before it is time to take out the dough, preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Using a cookie scoop, place balls of cookie dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat mat. Using the back of wooden spoon, pat down the top of the cookies to slightly flatten them. Place in the oven and bake for 7-8 minutes.

Keep a close eye on your cookies, they might seem undercooked but they will come together as they cool. Remove from the oven once the edges have browned and let cool on the baking sheet. Enjoy!

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