Unhealthy Cookies Again

Sorry. I couldn’t help myself.

Whenever a friend is in town or I go to someone’s house/apartment out of town, I have a personal obligation to myself that I will bake something. Odds are that thing is cookies. And odds are those cookies are not healthy. I have yet to break into the vegan baking field (which I know is plentiful and delicious) and thus bake unhealthy decadent non-vegan treats. Whoops. My next baking project I REALLY want to try vegan cookies. Really. I swear.

So, my friend Jen was coming into town this weekend and I jumped on the chance to pull out my baker’s hat (is there such thing?) and whip up something delicious. Like I said when I made homemade oreos, I only bake when I have an occasion to do so or someone to pass the yummies off to and whenever Jen comes, it’s the perfect time for it. Her boyfriend, Matt, back in Boston, loves when I pack Jen’s bags full of cookies. I made her (well, really him) a bag full of chocolate yogurt cookies back in January and got raves review from him. Therefore, before she came, I emailed her to see if what I was planning on baking sounded good to her…and got a resounding “yes!!”, so I got crackin’.

The recipe I decided to try was from my fav Smitten Kitchen and was for Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies. I mean…come on! Peanut Butter! Chocolate Chips! Cookies! Three of my favorite foods combined into one. I had been eyeing this recipe for a really long time. Well, actually since the second she posted that recipe and those gorgeous pictures have I been eyeing it. And needed an excuse to make them and finally found it this past weekend. Yes! Thanks, Jen, for giving me an excuse to try out an awesome recipe.


I made them on Sunday afternoon (in a much better mood than I was on Saturday) but spent probably too long baking them. I love to make cookies extra small so you don’t feel guilty eating them and are perfect for a little treat. Also, I only have one baking sheet so I can only bake 12 cookies at a time. The combination of the two led to tons of cookies in a ton of time. The recipe probably made 8 dozen small cookies. That’s a lot of cookies. And it probably took me about 2 hours to bake them all.

But it was worth it. Soooo worth it. The one change I made to the recipe was that I left out the peanut butter chips (ew), added 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of corsely chopped peanuts. This made the cookies super chunky and a little bit crumbly but not so much so that they were falling apart. I think the addition of the peanuts was key and I would highly suggest adding them if you decide to make them, something else I highly suggest. And having them so mini and tiny was extra fun. Little cookies overflowing with big chocolate chips and big peanut chunks.
I mean…look at the close up!

Oh, and Jen loved them. Still waiting for Matt’s verdict as I don’t think Jen is even back in Boston yet. He better like them. Oh, he better…or no more cookies for you!!

Recipe here


22 Responses to “Unhealthy Cookies Again”

  1. 1 Romina May 6, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Cookie porn!!! Oh my goodness. Those look so good!

  2. 2 Leng May 7, 2008 at 2:02 am

    I’ll take one!

  3. 3 Leng May 7, 2008 at 2:03 am

    no, no, I’ll take 3!

  4. 4 lindzakins921 May 7, 2008 at 4:32 am

    um…. YUM!

    its definitely breakfast but all im thinking about is how i wish i had these cookies in front of me πŸ˜‰

  5. 5 VeggieGirl May 7, 2008 at 10:08 am

    The recipes on Smitten Kitchen website are always so tantalizing-looking; and your cookies are proof!! Yum!! Decadence at its finest :0)

  6. 6 arielle May 7, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Did you really, really, say “ew” to peanut butter chips? I don’t understand.

    The cookies look amazing, though.

  7. 7 bohosimple May 7, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Those look amazing! I want some Betsy πŸ™‚

  8. 8 Meredith May 7, 2008 at 11:12 am

    No peanut butter chips? Are you sure you are related to Mom and I?

    Those look great and I may have try them soon.

  9. 9 Alice (in Veganland) May 7, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Unhealthy cookies? are you sure you didn’t want to say “super tasty cookies”? because that’s what I heard in my head when I saw the pictures…

  10. 10 glidingcalm May 7, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    haha BETSY! Yumo though. They look scrumptious…which is weird, cuz normally i really dislike nuts in my baked goods. But peanuts…that sounds tasty. Maybe it’s part of my PAYDAY obsession.

  11. 11 maggiescamera May 7, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Those look AMAZING! How come you didn’t bake me anything when I came?

  12. 12 carrie May 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    well done. i need to step in though and say, please NO to the “vegan baking.” seriously – you need eggs when you bake. and butter. that is what makes it so delicious. even the most “delicious” vegan treats are a far, far cry from the real deal.

  13. 13 runroamrecycle May 7, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    This comment is completely regarding your last post since I didn’t get to read it until just now.. (but I will say holyfreakingcow those cookies look good) BUT..

    You definitely made the right decision. Trust me – there will be other races that you’ll do, and you’ll do them at a time when your body’s ready so you can DOMINATE πŸ™‚

    Back in November I had a fibular stress fracture and ended up having to take 5 weeks off. In the beginning of those 5 weeks I did some “testing it out” running (yeah right.. it had only been like a week) and I’m sure I just delayed my healing process. You’re very right that if it hurt after a couple minutes, it would definitely hurt after 13 miles. And a race is different than a run.. even if you don’t intend for it to be, the adrenaline kicks in whether you want it to or not.

    SO end of my novel. But I wanted to say props on making the decision you did, as hard as it was. Your time to shine is coming soon my dear πŸ˜€

  14. 14 winningfriendswithsalad May 8, 2008 at 10:45 am

    oh my goodness, you can see the sugar falling off those babies! swoon. you don’t like pb chips? what’s up with that????

  15. 15 Betsy May 8, 2008 at 10:58 am

    yes, everyone. i hate pb chips. considering how much i worship peanut butter, there is something about pb chips that totally turns me off.


  16. 16 chandra May 8, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    You have just answered the question I was asking myself all day… “I haven’t baked in awhile, I want to bake something new… what can I bake?” These look exactly like what I want! πŸ™‚

  17. 17 Betsy May 8, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    do it chandra!!!!

  18. 18 Jenn May 8, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    I think switching out the peanut butter chips and adding real peanuts is genius! It gives it just the right amount of crunch! I also like the looks of those homemade Oreo cookies!

  19. 19 Tina May 9, 2008 at 11:12 am

    I want one! Oh my do those look delicious!

  20. 20 michael October 16, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    i like these :):) they look VERY yummmmy

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