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Listeners Respond: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Ideas

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Nov 10, 2020

On last week's episode, Dan posed a question from listener Anne to guests Samin Nosrat (Salt Fat Acid Heat) and Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder): If peanut butter and chocolate is such a classic combination, why aren't there more peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips?

Hrishi was skeptical of the question, since he'd eaten such a cookie the night before this conversation. Turns out, our listeners have a few recipe suggestions for Anne, too:

From listener Stephanie: I just finished listening to the cookie episode and have an alternative solution to how the three of you answered Anne’s question about chocolate chip peanut butter cookies: Don’t make a peanut butter cookie and add chocolate, make a chocolate chip cookie and use peanut butter in place of some of the butter!

This is my grandma’s recipe. Sometimes she doctored these up farther with craisins and other additions, but this is the classic. I lost her this year so it is extra-special to me now, but it’s always been my go-to for chewy cookies with a touch of peanut butter:

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup oleo (margarine) - I use butter!
1/2 cup peanut butter (regular Jif, nothing fancy)
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (usually walnuts)
1 package chocolate chips (Nestle was her brand)

Whisk together flour and baking soda; set aside.

Cream together butter, peanut butter, vanilla, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Blend in flour mixture.

Stir in the nuts and chips (you may have to use your hands).

(Not in Grandma’s recipe, but I recommend chilling the dough before baking.)

Drop by the tablespoon onto baking sheets and bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes.

Here's Stephanie's grandma's handwritten recipe:

From listener Kelsey: After listening to your recent cookie discussion, I find myself wondering, is there a cookie culture difference between Canada and USA? The peanut butter chocolate chip cookie is a classic here, common at bake sales when I was a wee child (banished due to allergies in modern times). It is still a total nostalgia hit now that I am approaching my 40s.

Conversely, I have never seen a chocolate cookie with peanut butter chips; they are the Bigfoot of cookies. Or, perhaps I am unconsciously overlooking them because peanut butter chips remind me of Reese's Pieces, which, I feel, are trash.

From listener Kathleen: We’ve been making these magical six ingredient cookies forever; my three kids will hardly let me make any other kind:

1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup dark chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients and drop onto sheet by spoonful to make 24 cookies. Bake at 350F until cookies are barely set and just starting to brown around edges.  The texture is perfectly chewy.

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