How many recipes I try, from time to time, I go back to the beautiful Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies. For me and my family, this is one of the tastiest cookies recipes ever. Try them even once and you will understand what I’m talking about.
Like every year, at the beginning of December, there is a red lamp on and in short that means “cookie alarm”. Now, you can suppose that this means looking through many possibilities for the famous Christmas Cookies. Taking into consideration that on my Pinerest boards, there are at least twenty fantastic ideas of all sorts for this occasion and here comes a new headache for me and a great chance for my husband to make jokes on my problems.
What do you think of this “Christmas M&M Cake Mix Cookies? Maybe they are the best solution for this year” was my usual way to start the conversation with my husband after looking through all sorts of cookie recipes for a whole hour.
“Nooo, I think the red ones (red velvet) are much better!” answered my husband with a suspicious amount of interest.
“Really? I also like them very much”. Now I was in a serious dilemma.
“And the ones in the shape of a Christmas tree are also cute” he added now obviously smiling. It was now clear that the joke was on me.
But when I answered back, he said this was something he had seen many times before, that he knew it was going to last for a few days and that the only thing he was sure of is that he won’t be seeing any cookies on the table that day.
“ Well, OK, what kind of cookies would you like to eat today?” I asked knowing in advance what the answer will be.
“Well, you know, the simple ones with the chocolate chips” was the standard answer.
And those simple cookies were unbelieavable! Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies which I baked really often, and everyone in our house loved them, just like the peanut butter cheesecake that I often make.
“Ok, Ok, you will get your cookies”. I decided to move my thoughts away from my Christmas cookies problem and leave it for some other day.
And so, in only a few minutes, the tasty cookie dough was mixed and shaped into a log and left to cool off for a few hours in the fridge before baking. And if you have not baked these Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies all that you need are simple flour, unsalted butter, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract, peanut butter and chocolate chips and you are ready for top notch cookies enjoyment.
In the end, you only need to cut the cookies into slices as thick as you like and bake of about 15 minutes.
And, as the smell of Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies began to spread over the house, my kitchen was already full of well known faces waiting for their portion of these phenomenal cookies.
And so, even though one of the cookies were baked (and almost eaten), the problem with my Christmas Cookies stayed unsolved, which means that we will be together soon on this blog and solve that question 🙂
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup miniature milk chocolate chips (or 3.2 oz. milk chocolate chopped in small chunks-do not leave large chunks because it will be hard to slice the cookies when you take the dough out the fridge)
- 1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips
- Whisk the dry ingredients together and set aside.
- Cream together softened unsalted butter and peanut butter, then mix in vanilla.
- Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until the dough comes together.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Transfer the dough out onto parchment paper ( if the dough is still crumbly work it with your hands until it completly holds together) Form the dough into a log(but press it relly well or it wil crumble when you slice the cookies) and roll it up in the parchment paper and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours.
- Preheat the oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- With a sharp knife slice the log into slices about 1/3 inch ( if the slices crumble a bit, you will have to press it back together with your hands)
- Bake the cookies for about 12-14 minutes (they will look undone, but don’t over bake them)
- Let them cool for 5 minutes on a baking sheet before transfer them to a rack.