Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Monday, December 17, 2012


Some little girls grow up learning how to bake and entertain by watching their mothers in the kitchen.  My mother, however, has the smallest kitchen imaginable and therefore spends just enough time in there every night to make dinner.  Because of this, I never really knew the first thing about cooking, baking, or entertaining.

What I did learn, though, came from my mother's close friend, Hannah, who has lived down the street from my family for as long as I can remember.  She is extremely friendly, extroverted, and one hell of a hostess.  She hosts countless get-togethers throughout the year, also known as "coming over for coffee and dessert", barbecues, birthday parties, and after-wedding parties.  But, the big event of the year is Hannah's Annual Christmas Eve Open House.  In the days leading up to the party, she spends all of her time making countless amounts of cookies, desserts, and buffet style food.  On Christmas Eve evening, 100+ of Hannah and her family's closest friends and family stop by for an hour or six, and eat, drink, and laugh.


Although I grew up never knowing the first thing about cooking, baking, or hosting, it was always my goal to learn once I got married.  I wanted to be just like Hannah.  The first time Dayv and I hosted a party, I spent hours contemplating the perfect cookies to make.  Because, every good hostess makes a lot of cookies.  I worked so hard in the days leading up to our party and worked equally as hard to portray Hannah's effortless demeanor while hosting.  It was a great success and I was so proud of myself.  But, the best feeling in the world came after I had uploaded the pictures to Facebook and Hannah wrote, "You make me so proud".  It was one of the best compliments I have ever received.

Last week, I asked Hannah if I could have copies of some of her top secret cookie recipes.  She delivered them, of course, and I spent an afternoon reading them all, thinking about which ones I should make first.  I decided on the Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies, not only because they contain my favorite combination of flavors, but because sometimes it's nice making cookies that only need one bowl and minimal measuring instruments.  They are also naturally flour-free, making them very simple to modify.  Soft and lightly sweet, these are the perfect little cookie to make for your loved ones.   'Tis the season!


Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies
makes approximately 20 cookies
-1 cup all natural peanut butter
-1 cup vegan sugar
-1 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 2 tbsp water and set aside for 5 minutes
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-6 oz of dark chocolate, broken into squares; or 20 pieces of dark chocolate

Preheat oven to 350.  In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter, sugar, flax egg, and vanilla extract.  Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake 12 minutes.  Remove from oven and place one square of chocolate on each cookie and very gently press down.  Bake for an additional 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.  Enjoy!

29 comments:

  1. Oh these look amazing! I love that you use a whole square of chocolate, and they are flourless! I'll be trying these.

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    1. i hope you enjoy them! i love the square of chocolate in there, too ;)

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  2. What a cute story, we all get the cooking passion somewhere:) My mommy was and still is an amazing cook who showed me how fun and creative cooking and baking is. I think it is so important to show our family and friends our passion, either it is cooking, painting, music...

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  3. That is such a sweet story! Half of my childhood was spent growing up in a joint family, so i never could get into the kitchen, another half went in doing other artsy things, then suddenly during my undergrad I developed a liking towards cooking, and not the usual stuff though i did learn some from mom. i usually made random fusion dishes which dad would never eat, so me and mom ate all of my experiments then:) My mom usually looks forward to visiting me to try new flavors and foods:)
    These cookies are so insanely pretty and perfect!:) I wish i lived closer, coz i love attending large and happy parties with cute hostesses:)

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    1. haha, your dad is quite the traditional man when it comes to food. i love it!

      i wish you lived closer, too <3 i'd love to have you over!

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  4. Aww, what a cute story. I'd love to hear some of Hannah's tips on hosting a party. Like you, I feel kind of clueless when it comes to entertaining. I'd say these cookies would make the perfect addition to any holiday party.

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    1. hannah should write a book for sure!

      luckily, i've been hosting parties for about 3 years now, so i'm not clueless like i used to be. but, in the beginning, i just pretended to be like hannah and it worked like a charm ;)

      i'm definitely making these cookies again as gifts and most likely for our new years eve party. they're definitely a great addition to any holiday party.

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  5. Baking cookies for days leading up to a party sounds magical! (As does Hannah--what a great influence in your life!)

    Those cookies look like da bomb. Mmmm...

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    1. it DOES sound magical! and so is hannah ;)

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  6. Those cookies look so perfect! I'm amazed that they don't have flour! And Hannah sounds awesome!

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  7. I love holiday parties :) Christmas time is my favorite time of the year and I don't even celebrate it...The spirit is just so wonderful around this time. These cookies look like they would be devoured at any party

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    1. it's your favorite time of year and you don't celebrate? wow! i agree, the spirit in all of the hustle and bustle is quite magical.

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    2. haha now that I reread that, doesn't really make sense. I was born Jewish, but I'm not too big on religion :)

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  8. These sound way yummier than the ones with the kisses! Can't beat good quality chocolate and peanut butter in a cookie :)!

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  9. they look amazing!! love that cutie plate too!

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  10. Hannah sounds like a whole lot of fun, and those cookies look delicious! I can honestly say that you are a fantastic host! Your parties and food are always wonderful!

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    1. oh, you ;) and i love entertaining you, my dear <3

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  11. These are so perfectly puffy and just DELICIOUS looking! And the name of your blog is adorable. Looking forward to reading more!

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    1. you are just too sweet, erika! thank you!

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    2. So...I just couldn't get these off my mind and made them last night (partly for a gift for someone). They ARE perfectly delicious! I actually used chia seeds instead of flax because I had made twice the amount of chia egg I needed for another recipe, and it worked out great! There are little flecks of chia in the cookie, but I don't think it's really noticeable. Anyway, so crumbly, peanut buttery, and YUM! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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    3. yay erika! so glad you enjoyed them ;)

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  12. 5 ingredients?! For real? I love this recipe already! These look like puffy, delicious perfection. :)

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  13. Hi Caitlin!

    Vegan sugar? What is the healthiest option for this do you think?

    x

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    1. hi amy! i use the 365 vegan granulated sugar for this recipe. i know a healthier alternative is coconut sugar, but i personally haven't tried it :/

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