Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I made these at my job today, mostly because I really like peanut butter and chocolate. But whenever I smell--and then taste--peanut butter cookies it brings me back to my childhood with Rockwellian memories; my mom used to make these (sans chocolate). They were one of my favorite then and still are. These are exceedingly simple to make. The recipe is below.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Makes about 3 dozen
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup butter
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1¾ cups mini chocolate chips
granulated sugar for garnish

Preheat an oven to 350F.

Mix the flour and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of an upright mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Run the mixer on low for a few seconds, then turn on high. Cream the ingredients for a few minutes until light in both texture and appearance. Then add the egg and mix on medium for another minute. Add the flour and mix on low speed until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and mix until combined.

Spoon or scoop the cookies onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper (but not oiled). Dip a fork in the remaining sugar and make an 'X' pattern in the cookies, pressing them down gently. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the centers are still soft. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before eating.

Urban Simplicity.