It is Christmas Cookie Season and I am so not in the mood. I don’t know what is wrong with me, seriously NOT in the mood for cookies? I think I need to check myself into “you are being too healthy” rehab. Maybe I need to eat just one and from then all will be good, for now I will just go nibble on a carrot. Oh no I may be turning into a rabbit, that is like Metamorphosis going really wrong, at least bugs will eat anything.
In any case this recipe is from a vault of pictures that I have stored in my computer and have not used yet. Why? Who does that? Well me, because this first picture is just bad, ugly and not good at all. I was hoping to make these again to retake the photo but with the way I am going that may not be till Christmas 2011. So excuse the main photo and dig into some Peanut Chocolate and Cinnamon Cookies, recipe adapted from Lucina Scala Quinn who keeps this dough in a freezer, as ready to bake cookies for impromptu entertaining. Makes about 5 dozen.
You will need: 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 3/4 cup unsalted butter (room temp), 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, 1 cup light brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, 2/3 cup roasted/salted peanuts, 2 tsp vanilla extract.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
Roughly chop the peanuts
In a mixing bowl fitted with paddle attachment combine butter and peanut butter
until creamy about 2 minutes
add 1 cup light brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar, mix until incorporated about 2 min
add 2 eggs and continue mixing
gradually add the flour mixture until just combined, turn off the mixer
Add chocolate chips and peanuts
pour in 2 tsp vanilla and fold the mixture together until hard pieces are evenly distributed
Refrigerated for about 15 minutes or until the dough is slightly firm and therefore easier to work with.
Roll into 1 inch balls and place baking sheet or parchement paper. Flatten slightly.
At this time you can place the cookies in the freezer until firm. Place individual ready to bake pieces in a resealable bag for casual get together this season, or for sweet treat during a cold winter day. They will be good for a month, just in time to take the Christmas Tree down.
Bake for 13 minutes or until golden, rotating halfway through. Cool and enjoy. These will keep in your cookie jar or other airtight container for 3 days in room temperature. Either way if you love Peanuts here is a perfect Holiday Treat for you.