Recipe: chocolate chip peanut butter cookies
Last week on my way to the airport, I read that Breckenridge had received 16 inches of snow the night before. I felt a pang in my heart as we flew over the snowy Rocky Mountains. But you know what? All of that melted away when I arrived in Seattle. I spent two days visiting with beloved friends, dining at great restaurants, seeing the city and its surrounds. Seattle is one of those places I could spend a lifetime and never get enough of it. But wait! There was more… The whole reason for my trip was a gathering of all the Nintendo Ambassadors to celebrate the launch of the Nintendo 3DS. My reaction and the reaction of all the other ambassadors was simply, “WOW!”
rebekah and erini check out the nintendo 3ds for the first time
at nintendo headquarters
lots of game play, lots of photos taken
in 2d mode
We spent the bulk of Friday learning about and experiencing different capabilities of the new Nintendo 3DS at Nintendo headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Nintendo were gracious hosts giving us a tour of their gorgeous building (sorry, no pics allowed) and access to their employees’ store.
rebekah really getting into it!
jean kicks some virtual butt playing streetfighter 2
president and coo of nintendo of america welcomes the group
discussing research on 3d viewing
After a full day at Nintendo headquarters, we spent the evening in downtown Seattle at various restaurants. I happened to wind up at Black Bottle in the private room with my fellow food blog pal Marisa and my local blog chica Aimee and new friend, Jean. A parade of small plates marched onto our tables, one after another. Broccoli fries (a favorite), hanger steak, ceviche, fried olives (another favorite), sausage pizza… It was dark. Really dark. But look at what I managed to capture for you!
caprese salad on a stick
bean and mushroom salad (winner!)
roe vs. egg
I met a lot of wonderful new people on this trip. Sometimes I think my life is pretty full and I couldn’t possibly cram another friend in… but then there are folks like Michelle, Ilina, Doniree, Victoria, M, and others who make you wonder how it is you could go on in life WITHOUT their smiling faces, witty conversation, and sweet hugs. This Nintendo trip was bursting at the seams with all manner of goodness.
the finest company (left to right): ilina, maggie, jean, marisa
chocolate cake with gelato inside
lemon cheesecake with lavender
co-owner paul chats with us about our visit to seattle
And at the end of the day, I had my own little Nintendo 3DS to take home and share with Jeremy. Thanks for an incredible experience, Nintendo. Also a huge thanks to Justine and team for their flawless execution of the entire event! [Full Disclosure: All travel, lodging, meals, and the Nintendo 3DS were provided courtesy of Nintendo.]
So now you know where I was last week and why! I’m leaving again in less than 12 hours and my shooting partner suggested I could bring that little Nintendo 3DS for him to *ahem* check out for safety and such… Right. Since I barely have time to unpack and repack my bags, there isn’t a lot of cooking or baking going on in the House of Butter. Luckily for Present Me, Past Me anticipated this stretch of kitchen inactivity and so we have some cookies today. Grab a glass of milk… It’s okay – I’ll wait here for you.
start with butter and sugars
plop goes the egg
Peanut butter and chocolate are friends, right? I quite love peanut butter cookies although I’m not such a fan of chocolate chips (I eat around them and give the chocolate parts of the cookie to Jeremy). Jeremy is the opposite. He loves the chocolate and usually will politely decline a peanut butter cookie. So why not combine both into a cookie that meets us halfway?
creamy peanut butter
mix in the flour
I used a standard peanut butter cookie recipe from Martha Stewart’s Cookies and essentially replaced the chopped peanuts with chocolate chips. I used mini chocolate chips, but after trying these cookies I think standard chips or chocolate chunks might have proved better. What I failed to recognize was that peanut butter cookies by default have a different cookie texture than chocolate chip cookies and so I found them to be a bit on the dry side even when I baked them to a chewier consistency.
mix in the chips
drop dough onto the baking sheet
Martha’s instructions called for making bigger cookies, but big cookies don’t do well here because I like to give cookies away (and I don’t have bags big enough for giant cookies). Jeremy actually ate some despite his avoision of peanut butter. I suppose that’s the power of chocolate. Me? I still prefer a peanut butter cookie straight up, but this will appeal to those choco-fiends in your life.
baked and cooling
makes for a happy break in the day
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
modified from Martha Stewart’s Cookies
1 1/4 cups (190g) flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup (225g) butter
1/2 cup (125g) sugar
1/2 cup (140g) light brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla (oh heck, why not 1 tsp)
1/2 tsp salt (instead of salted peanuts)
1 cup (275g) creamy peanut butter
1 cup mini chocolate chips (I actually think regular chocolate chips might have been better)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk the flour and baking soda together in a bowl. [I don't actually do this because I'm a bum and I hate making an extra dirty dish.] Set aside. Cream the butter and sugars together. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and salt. Add the peanut butter and mix until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients (here is where I just add the flour and baking soda – plop) and beat until just combined. Mix in the chocolate chips. Place tablespoon-scoops of cookie dough on parchment-lined baking sheets, about 2-inches apart. Bake for 13 minutes or until golden on the edges. Remove from oven and cool on racks. Makes 4 dozen.