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Chocolate Peanut Butter Anytime Cookies vegetarian peanut butter dessert bakery

Like fresh-baked cookies? Want to have them at the touch of your fingertips at any given time? Then these are for you. Now I’m not the biggest dessert person in the world – the savory part of the meal is my favorite and I tend not to leave space for dessert. However, like every other self-respecting foodie in the world my ears perk up at the mention of the holy combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

Ice cream is a great dessert, but there is something special about a warm, fresh baked good. For some it’s cake, for others it’s pie. For me, there is nothing quite like a fresh out-of-the-oven simultaneously chewy and crispy cookie. But unless you’ve got the culinary talents of Celine to bake single-serving portions, the problem with baking cookies is that they are at their prime within 20 minutes of leaving the oven. After that, they only stay fresh for a couple of days. One solution is to gobble down the entire batch within those peak 20 minutes. A better solution is my anytime cookies. It’s quite genius really – make the dough, freeze the dough, slice off desired amount, refreeze the remaining dough, bake and enjoy. This way, you only have to make the dough once, you only have to wash the dishes once and you have the power of fresh-baked cookies at your fingertips. Could you think of a greater superhero power?

Contrary to popular belief, chocolate and peanut butter can be a very nutritious duo. Peanut butter is very low in saturated fat and contains mostly healthy fats, the heart-healthy fats that will also help you lose weight (if you’re looking to do so) on an otherwise low-fat diet. However, chocolate is a large source of saturated fats and generally contains quite a bit of sugar. But cocoa is an excellent source of antioxidants, and if you buy all the science behind it, eating foods rich in antioxidants will make you live forever. Lucky for true chocoholics like myself, the darker the chocolate, the higher the cocoa content. But even better than chocolate is unsweetened cocoa powder – chock-full of antioxidants, very low in fat, no added sugar and lots of fiber and protein. Along the same lines, these chocolate & peanut butter cookies are nutritious and delicious.

Ingredients:Chocolate Peanut Butter Anytime Cookies vegetarian peanut butter dessert bakery Print

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4t baking soda
1/8t salt
3T natural chunky peanut butter
2T healthy butter spread (I use Smart Balance Light)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2T granulated sugar
1t vanilla extract
1 egg white (2T egg substitute)

Makes about 24 cookies

Instructions:

1. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Remember to lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cup and use a knife to level it off. In large bowl, mix the butter spread and peanut butter until well mixed and fluffy. Add in the sugars and mix until well blended. Add vanilla and egg white and mix well. Stir in the flour mixture until a nice even dough is formed.

2. Place the dough on a sheet of wax paper and shape into a log about 6-8 inches long. Roll up the wax paper and roll the log around to get it more evenly rounded. Freeze for at least 3 hours or up to several months.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Anytime Cookies vegetarian peanut butter dessert bakery

3. When you feel like some cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place some tinfoil on a baking sheet (easy clean up) and spray with cooking spray. Take the log out of the freezer and cut a few 1/4 inch thick slices (as many as you think you’ll want plus 1), turning the log after each cut to prevent the bottom from flattening. Place on baking sheet about 1 inch apart and bake for 9-11 minutes. Remove pan from oven and let sit for about 5 minutes. Cookies should be crispy on the outside and perfectly chewy on the inside.

Additional Info:

Be sure to dip them in a glass of your favorite milk.

Before I forget, I’ve been awarded the Magic Lamp of Luck Award by The crew at Equal Opportunity Kitchen. Thanks guys! Perfect timing for my interview article in the Sacramento News & Review. More on that later…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Anytime Cookies vegetarian peanut butter dessert bakery

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  1. bakingblonde says:

    Wow, those look great.
    With all of the cookies that I bake I have never made slice and bake cookies! I really should give them a try!

  2. Dragon says:

    These cookies look amazing! I’m not sure I wouldn’t make the whole batch at once. :) I have no self control!

  3. mkt610 says:

    Wow these look great! Once my friends and family are done with all my treats I made last week, these will be next on my list! :) thanks for a great recipe!

  4. Kati says:

    Yummo! About how many cookies would you say this recipe makes?

  5. Nick says:

    BakingBlonde, I’d never thought of it either! These are absolutely perfect and the freeeze/cut/refreeze method has been working flawlessly!

    Dragon, I agree! These are the perfect solution for people like us. They’re just enough work (turning on the oven and waiting) that you won’t go back for seconds or sixths but they’re easy enough for dessert every night!

    mkt610, Let me know how they are!

    Kati, Thanks for asking, the answer is about 24 cookies and I’ve edited the post to reflect that.

  6. Girl Japan says:

    These look amazing!!! Simply amazing!

  7. Dee says:

    You know, this is great idea. So you don’t need to thaw the cookies before baking? That’s so cool.

    Hey, congrats on the award. Well deserved my friend :)

  8. Kati says:

    24…sounds good! I made the dough last night and will pop a couple in the oven tonight :)

  9. sweeteats says:

    oh man, these cookies look delicious! i really need to give them a try!

  10. VeggieGirl says:

    Oooh, those look sinfully good – yum!!

    Congratulations on the award!

  11. Carla says:

    I really need to make these so I can bake them anytime when I’m studying.

  12. Kati says:

    These were great! My husband and I just tried em warm out of the oven :) He liked em! And I love that you can just bake a couple at a time. Thanks for the great recipe!

  13. Caviar and Codfish says:

    The freezer tip is wonderful – and helps me not eat all the cookies in one sitting (though, I sometimes end up making the next batch within the week!)

  14. ttfn300 says:

    yum… and a great solution to my lack of self control around peanut butter! :)

  15. Nick says:

    Dee, Nope, not at all! It’s a great thing to have on hand.

    VeggieGirl, Thanks!

    Carla, They are great for helping you focus, especially if you reward yourself midway through a good study session!

    Kati, I’m glad! Enjoy!

    Caviar & Codfish, Haha, it is such a great and simple solution to the gorging effect.

    ttfn300, Ditto.

  16. Kevin says:

    Those cookies look good. Another excuse to combine peanut butter and chocolate.

  17. daphne says:

    They look terrific. Choc n peanut butter=lethal combination!

  18. mikky says:

    looks great… will try your recipe soon… thanks for sharing…:)

  19. Poise says:

    These are amazing! They look absolutely wonderful. OH.. and YUM!

  20. Anonymous says:

    They’re not any healthier than regular cookies–too much carbohydrate/sugars, but they look rather convenient and yummy for once in awhile treats.

    Read Good Calories, Bad Calories for up to date information regarding nutrition. It’s not the saturated fat or the cholesterol that will get ya, that’s for sure! You are much better off with a serving of 85% cocoa (10 carbs per serving with lots of heathful naturally saturated fat) than with low fat cocoa and added sugars. :)

    ~Jess

  21. Nick says:

    Jess, They’re actually quite a bit healthier than regular cookies. They combine solid whole grains with some pure anti-oxidant rich cocoa powder and healthy fats. Also, when you figure that each cookie only has 1t sugar, and considering most people use 2t sugar in each cup of coffee, it’s not too bad for a cookie!

    I do know quite a bit about nutrition and while sugar is never considered healthy, how is the added sugar in 85% dark chocolate any different than the added sugars in say a dark chocolate cookie (assuming the grams of sugar are equal)? Thanks for the insight though – added sugars are never a good thing but if you want a cookie and not a piece of chocolate these aren’t too bad at all.

  22. Anonymous says:

    The grams of sugar in one of those cookies would not come close to the 2.5 grams of sugar in one square of extra dark chocolate, which is pretty much all you need since it’s so wonderfully intense. And by sugar I mean carbs. Grains are quite carby and highly processed. Any carbohydrate you ingest is processed by your body like sugar, fyi. Peanut butter is so good because it’s naturally low carb and high in protein and satisfying fat!

    You think you know a fair bit about nutrition until you read an eye opening book like GC, BC. Taubes has condensed info from actual scientific studies–not the government food pyramid, the processed food industry, etc. etc. The cholesterol myth by Ancel Keys has been perpetuated for too long! ;)

    I do get a fair inspiration from your recipes. Loved the cream cheese, in which I used xylitol and stevia for a touch of sweetness. Fabulous!

    ~Jess

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