One of the best feelings in the world is dipping your cookies in a cold glass of milk and savoring the taste in your mouth.
The experience is always enhanced when it is after midnight, and you are binging a new series, and suddenly you crave something chocolatey, and you just happen to have chocolate-dipped peanut butter cookies in your house.
Now, if you want to indulge in the experience but don’t know how to makes these delicacies, then you have come to the right place. This is where all your midnight cravings will be met. All you have to do is read the recipe and list of ingredients and follow along with me.
That’s not so hard, right?
Why Should You Bake Cookies?
Before we jump into the recipe of this particular cookie, I am going to talk about why you would actually bake them instead of running to the store to get packaged cookies that are ready to be eaten on the go because many of you might be wondering whether baking cookies is actually worth the hassle or not.
As someone who has spent years trying to find the best cookies and to develop the same flavors in my own cookies, I would say that baking your own cookies is worth all the hassle. Actually, I wouldn’t even call the work a hassle. I find it to be therapeutic and calming.
Create Your Own Mix
But really, baking is an art. You have to know what to do and have all the required ingredients with you. Everything will come together as you take each step at a time. You can add whatever you want to the batter to make the cookies taste how you want them to. And you can add nuts, chocolate chips, even pumpkin puree if you want to.
You will not be able to customize the cookies you get from the store. For many people, that might not sound all that bad, but I always like to have the option to add or subtract things according to my taste.
Fresh Cookies Each Time
Another great benefit you get from baking your own cookies is that they are absolutely fresh. You can take it out of the oven and pop it in your mouth once it has cooled down a bit. And you can experience them melting in your mouth, now that’s not something you can get from store-bought cookies.
The cookie recipe in Menu & Search and Land O Lakes are very similar to the one I have here. You can check that out as well if you are looking for some diversity and thinking of what you can use as toppings for the cookies you are about to bake.
Now, without further ado, let’s get started with the recipe!
The Ingredients You Need to Bake Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies
- 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (you can add mix bread flour and all-purpose flour together as well)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar (make sure to pack it down with your hand or spoon)
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter (if you like the chunky ones, then you can release the creamy one with it)
- 1 cup melted brown butter (if you don’t know how you brown butter, use regular butter)
- 1 tbs baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 whole egg and an egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Melting chocolate for dipping
- 1.5 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Follow the instructions below to have great chocolate-dipped peanut butter cookies:
Step 1: Make Preparations for the Cookies
One thing you would want to do 10 minutes before you start baking is preheating the oven. You always want to do this before you start baking something in it, so the food starts cooking from the start. 10 minutes at 350 degrees should be a good start.
You should have all the ingredients lined in front of you measured out, so you don’t have to keep running around finding things you need to add in. You might forget to add something or measure it incorrectly.
Step 2: Mix the Batter
That a stand mixer or a hand mixer. If you don’t have either, you can work with a whisk as well. Now add in the melted butter, peanut butter, and the two sugars together. Mix them properly until they have creamed together properly. This will ensure the two kinds of butter and sugar is distributed properly throughout the cookies.
When you see a creamy mixture, you can add the eggs, first add the yolk. Make sure it is mixed properly with the butter and sugar, then you can add the whole egg. Take it one at a time, so there is no mess, and the batter thins out evenly. This will make the batter well structured.
You might have to occasionally scrape the sides of the bowl, use a spatula to do so. Otherwise, you will have unmixed chunks that will not bake properly in the oven.
Now you can add in the baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla into the mix. Make sure to mix this up properly, so there is no lump of powder anywhere. And you want all your cookies to rise evenly.
The last thing you have to add is the flour, make sure you have sifter it properly, and there are no lumps. You don’t want to bite into raw flour when you have the cookies. Pour it in and give everything a good mix, don’t forget to scarp the side of the bowl this time.
This is an optional step. If you’re planning to add the chocolate chips, then you have added it at the very end. Don’t use the mixer for this step. Just fold in the chocolate with the batter, the mixer will destroy the chocolate chips, and you will only find little bits of it in the cookies.
Step 3: Form Cookie Shapes and Bake
Once everything is combined together, we can now scoop out the cookie dough and lay it all on a baking tray. You can scoop them all out and pop it in the freezer for an hour. This is an optional step, one most people don’t like to follow because patience is not an easy virtue to have when it comes to cookies.
The recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies. You might not want to bake all of them at the same time, so you can store them in your fridge for up to a month. Now take out the number you want to bake and roll them to a ball. Lay them on a baking tray and pop them in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes.
Step 4: Garnish and Eat
After the baking is done, take them out and let the cookies cool.
While they are cooling, you can make the melting chocolate in a bowl and heat it in a microwave oven. You could also use a stove if you want to. Leave it in till they are almost melted and take it out to give a stir. It should melt completely at this point. They are absolutely ready to become the dipping on the cookies!
And the final step here is to lay down a large piece of paper towel under the cooling rack to avoid messy tables and countertops from the melted chocolate. Then one by one, dip 1/3 of the cookies into the chocolate. If you want more chocolate, then you can dip half of it in as well.
You have to be a little patience here and let the chocolate harden before to start munching on them.