4.18.2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

I love this twist on your typical chocolate chip cookie. There's just something perfectly wonderful about the way shortbread-style desserts melt in your mouth. This cookie is no exception. I don't think I could get through even one of these cookies without a glass of milk nearby.

This recipe didn't make very many cookies - just about 21 small ones. So if you're planning on them lasting more than an hour in your house, double the recipe. Heck, triple the sucker. This isn't your usual "roll the cookies into little balls" type of cookie. You actually roll the dough up in a log, wrap it in wax paper, refrigerate it for a while (I felt like a little girl waiting on Christmas Eve), then slice it up into discs. It reminded me of those store-bought refrigerator dough cookies with the cute little holiday design shape on the inside - except these taste a hundred times better.

I originally didn't have this recipe on my list this week, but that dang Pinterest gets me every time - especially when I have all the ingredients on hand! Seeing how this recipe has been pinned over 68,000 times, I thought I should see what all the hype is about.

I'm more than happy with the results.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies
recipe from The View from Great Island 

1 stick, (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temp
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour 
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
scant 1/2 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips (I used leftover mini & semi sweet chocolate chips)

Cream the butter and the peanut butter together in a stand mixer, with a hand mixer, or a wooden spoon.  Beat in the vanilla. Whisk the dry ingredients together and add to the butter mixture.  Mix until the dough comes together.

Stir in the chips, and turn the dough out onto a piece of waxed paper.  Gently pull the dough together and form it into a log. Roll it up in the paper, smoothing the shape as you go.  Twist the ends securely and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours.

Slice the log into slices with a sharp knife. Not too thick, not too thin, about 1/3 inch. Bake at 325 for about 12-14 minutes.  The cookies will  not be browned, and they may look undone, but don't over bake.  One of the joys of shortbread cookies is that they fall apart and melt in your mouth. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack.

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20 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you liked them, I love to hear (and see!) how my recipes turn out in someone else's kitchen. Now I'm off to check out your chocolate chip cookie dough brownies!

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    1. Thanks for visiting back, Sue! These cookies were absolutely wonderful, and turned out perfect! Thanks again for sharing your recipe genius with the blogging world.

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  2. Could you do this with Chunky Peanut butter? Any changes you would make

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    1. I bet you could! I think the 100% creaminess of the creamy peanut butter holds the cookie together better. But it's worth a try, I say!

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  3. I would burn my fingers for sure trying to eat them before they cooled... awesome - good job darlin!

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    1. You're the best, Bob! Come over and you can have some cookies!!

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  4. These look sooooo yummy! I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Please check out my page http://pintsizedbaker.blogspot.com/2012/04/liebster-blog-love.html for more information. Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks again, Karyn. I can't wait to tell the world!

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  5. These look so good! I love that they combine chocolate and peanut butter with the shortbread cookie. I would love if you would share this and any other posts at Showcase Your Talent Thursday http://whatscookinglove.blogspot.com/2012/04/showcase-your-talent-thursday-3.html. I hope to see you there!

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    1. Will do, thanks so much for the invite! Your blog is adorable!

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    1. They really are! Thanks for visiting. I wish I had another batch right now!

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  7. Oh, my. I adore shortbread so I'm sure I'll love this recipe. Pinned!

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    1. Yeah! Then you will most definitely love these.

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  8. These look yummy, I can't wait to try. Thanks for the recipe! =)

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I can't wait for you to try them either :)

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  9. I am having a definite sweet tooth craving right now and this just made it much worse - These look so good! Thanks for sharing at Beautify it Monday, we hope you'll be back next week!

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    1. These were ridiculously awesome - thanks so much for going through all the wonderful party participants' links! That's so awesome!

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  10. You are being featured at tonights Link and Greet Party @CountryMommaCooks.....stop by and grab a featured button, check it out on Facebook, G+ and Pinterest:) Look forward to seeing what you've been up to this week.

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