Welcome to The Cookie Monster, a blog about the most marvelous, versatile, and beloved bakeable item in the land: The cookie. You may see occassional forays into pies, bars, and other sweet treats, but my main focus is and has always been on the bite sized genius behind my very favorite snack. Happy Baking!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Peanut Butter Trio

I love Peanut Butter Cookies. I mean I LOVE them. The problem is I hardly ever make them, for fear of peanut allergies at whatever event I'm baking for, and because some people (gasp) just aren't PB cookie fans.

Well This weekend Joe and I are off on a hiking/ATVing/grilling adventure on our own, and I know for a fact that we are both huge proponents of this deliciously decadent treat. I figured I would whip up a batch of my (awesome) go-to PB cookie recipe, and play around a bit by adding a few unexpected ingredients: Pretzels, and Chocolate Chunks.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup (plus a little more) smooth peanut butter
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour
and in this case: 1/3 cup of pretzels; 1/3 cup of chocolate chunks.

Cream together the butter and sugar, first off.

Then, it's time to add the egg, vanilla, and the PB.

Finally we add in all the dry ingredients, and blend until nice and smooth.

Normally at this point you would proceed to roll the dough into balls, roll those balls in sugar, and then lightly flatten them onto the cookie sheet with a fork. But that was too simple to me on this marvelous evening. I divided my dough into thirds.

I mixed in 1/3 cup of chocolate chunks into one third.

Then 1/3 cup of pretzels into another.

And I went for the tried and true PB simplicity with my final third. These cookies don't spread all that much, so I smushed them all down a bit on the cookie sheet for good measure.

Once everything’s set up, bake for 12 minute at 375. For some reason, the cookies with extra stuff in them got a little darker than the normal PB cookies. Perhaps I will take off a minute of the bake time my next go round.

And Tada! Regular...No fail, delicious, Love these.

Pretzels....Kinda different! I'm liking the extra saltiness. Definitely yummy.

Chocolate Chunk. The perfect combo of peanut butter and chocolate.

All three were really yummy. I packed some up for our weekend away, and I'll bring the rest into work with me tomorrow. Lucky Calloway peeps :)

Happy Baking!


  1. omg they look delicious and i'm sure they are....a request for my b day in june.....

  2. Yum! If you have any extra, baby bloom and I love peanut butter cookies.:) Do you think it would be too crazy to do a peanut butter chocolate pretzel cookie?

  3. Thanks ladies! And Amy totally give it a shot! I think that would actually be pretty yummy! I hope you and baby Bloom are doing well :)