September 30, 2013

Double Fudge Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

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Happy Monday everyone!

I'm so glad we have nothing on Mondays.  No volleyball, no co-op classes, no football, no doctor appointments, just school.  It's so nice to start the week off slow and have a day to finish everything from the weekend and begin everything for the week. 

If you need a smile this morning, make these cookies. They're incredible. I've made the cookie base before, but instead of chocolate chips, I wanted to use peanut butter chips. 

Guess what. We were out. 

So, I remembered this recipe from Heather's French Press for homemade peanut butter chips!  I froze peanut butter and stuffed it into these cookies, but this time, I followed her recipe, which adds coconut oil and sugar and milk, and froze them in chips. They were a tad bit more difficult to work with because they had to be frozen and stirred in quickly, but they melted into the batter more than store bought chips and packed more of a peanut butter flavor. Totally a win and if you have more time on your hands, use the homemade on chips. They make these cookies even better.


So often, I feel like I'm one thing short. One package of peanut butter chips. Or one point short in a game. Our world offers so many of those situations. For example, one compliment short of popularity. One size short of fulfillment.  One iPhone too late. One thing, one thing. 

But really, how important is that one thing?  I think our world places so much emphasis on the short term, in the moment things. We forget the big picture. In 20 years, will I really care if I had the bag of peanut butter chips or not?  Will I really care whether I could fit into size 4 or 10?  Will I really care if so and so liked my hair?  Is that what I want to matter, that one thing that I made a big deal about in the moment?  I don't think so.

The things that last, the relationships, are the things to focus on. Those kinds of things take time, lots of little "one things" and they last and they will be something I care about. I often sucked into the little picture, me only, mindset that is so prevalent. And honestly, I feel worse about myself and life when I focus on them. One award, one game, one word, one follow ... the list goes on and on. Wouldn't it be nicer if I invested my time in spending time with people, enjoying rather than worrying or envying?  It is so much better!

So if you're a bag of peanut butter chips short, don't sweat it. Use whatever baking chip you want!  And share them with someone ... (you don't need two dozen cookies laying around *cough*) and someone, somewhere, needs their Monday brightened.  


Double Fudge Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
Recipe Source: The Sweet {Tooth} Life. Adapted from this recipe.  Peanut Butter Chips from Heather's French Press
Yield: 2 dozen
1/2 cup butter 
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 eggs 
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder 
1 (4 serving pck.) instant chocolate fudge pudding 
1-1/2 cups peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 375.  Grease cookie sheet.

Soften coconut oil and butter; beat with sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.  Stir in flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt, and chocolate pudding mix until incorporated.  Add peatnu butter chips and stir.

Drop by rounded tablespoon on prepared baking sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes.   

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40 comments:

  1. Love this post you really brightened my Monday. And I would like to know if you could spread the word about my blog since you have so many followers thanks!!!!

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  2. I love the idea of making your own peanut butter chips! I don't know how many times I have had to go out last minute for one ingredient. You are right, there are much more important things in life than worrying about the little things!

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    1. Thanks Meghan! One time we were out of sugar ... like, how does that happen? :)

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  3. Yessss... that's a beautiful thought to begin the week with, not to mention these SUPER AWESOME cookies! :) They're amazinggggg!!! Looove the idea of making your own peanut butter chips.!!!!! <3

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    1. I want to do it again because they worked so well and tasted SO much better. Thanks!

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  4. I appreciate your thoughts on looking at the big picture! That is something I am praying for God to help me to do.

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    1. Thanks Mrs. Mann ... you are an excellent example of it to me!

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  5. Mary Frances, these cookies are making me swoon, making my belly hungry, oh my my my my my!

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  6. Aw, lucky you, my Monday is an exhausting day... I wish I had a couple of these cookies to brighten up my day ;)

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    1. :( Bummer ... I'd send you some if I could. At least we have sleep to look forward, too, right? :) Thanks Consuelo!

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  7. I like the idea of making your own peanut butter chips. These look like the perfect snack. I also love Mondays! My homeschooler doesn't have anything scheduled for this day, but Tuesdays and Thursdays are very busy days. Trust me, I'll need a snack like this for energy on those busy days.

    Sharon
    Make It Or Fix It Yourself

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    1. I have homeschool stuff on Tuesdays, too ... now there is a busy day of the week! Thanks Sharon! Cookies are always a popular snack at our house, too;)

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  8. I've never thought to make my own PB chips, but it seems like an obvious idea now that I've read about it! Thanks for the nudge--I'll have to give it a try.

    Also, if you haven't read this article yet, you might enjoy it. It's related to your point about working on relationships instead of focusing on less important things. I loved the idea of "living your eulogy instead of your resume."
    http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130924090900-143695135-are-you-living-your-eulogy-or-your-resume

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    1. They are amazing, Liz, I hope you can try them! Thanks for the link to the article! It is so good, thank you for sharing!

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  9. So true my dear. We spend so much time focused on the small things and get very unhappy by them instead of the big picture. But I would love to have these cookies with whatever chips I have in my pantry!

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    1. Thanks Ms. Zainab! These are really good with MnMs or mint chocolate chips, just a thought:)

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  10. These cookies look awesome. So fudgy; ahhh. I want one. or several. I can imagine these cookies are phenomenal with dark chocolate chunks in them, too.

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    1. You got it! They are amazing with dark chocolate. Thanks Abbie!

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  11. PB chips are something I always have in the back of my pantry--thanks for reminding me to bust 'em out!

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    1. You're welcome:) PB chips are definitely a staple!

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  12. Oh my goodness! I need to make these for Happy :) He loves peanut butter chocolate cookies! Also, the peanut butter pie you have up, looks to die for! *drool*

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    1. Thanks Lorraine! These were a hit with the pb choc cookie people at our house. And yes, that pie is to die for ... another favorite around here! :)

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  13. Love PB chips, but freezing the PB is an awesome idea!
    Chocolate + PB = amazing. :)
    Tina at www.tinaschic.com

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  14. These would definitely brighten up my day! This is a great way to kick off the week. These sound delicious, Mary, and I completely agree with you, it's all about the little things. I feel I've spent the majority of my worrying about things than enjoying them. The funny part is, I stress and stress and stress and in the end it all works out. I guess I just need to have a bit more faith in myself.

    I hope your Monday was relaxing and enjoyable. Have a wonderful week, lovely.

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

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    1. I know, how often does stressing help anything? You'd think we would learn:) Thanks Tammy!

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  15. Ok you had me at double fudge and peanut butter. That is by far my favorite sweet combination! These look amazing and I can't wait to try them out. Pinning :)

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I really appreciate that. Double fudge is always good in my book, too:) Thanks!

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  16. Droooool! I get so caught up in worrying about everything. Working on trying to let go and realize life is not about striving for perfection but being happy despite its imperfections :)

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    1. I too wonder why I worry about being perfect when its impossible anyways. It only makes me feel bad! Thank you Davida!

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  17. I love that you made homemade peanut butter chips for these cookies!! I am totally going to try that if I find myself out of peanut butter chips!! (I usually have everything because I have a slight problem of buying too many baking goods, lol!)

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    1. So true! Or, I have three bags of chocolate chips and no MnMs ...
      Peanut butter chips are really fun to make AND you feel better about snacking on them while baking!

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  18. Yum! Featuring these when my link party opens up tonight

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  19. These look great but my question is, why coconut oil? In all my years of baking cookies, I have never seen coconut oil used. I'm guessing the taste is altered by just using vegetable oil but would they not taste as good? One thing I don't have in my pantry is coconut oil and I hesitate to buy it since I do not have any other recipes that call for it.

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    1. Hi Kathy! I use coconut oil because of its health benefits. Because it is just another oil, you can sub vegetable oil or butter and the cookies should turn out great. I totally understand your hesitance to buy it, especially if you don't use it, and so whatever oil you have on hand (vegetable, butter,) will work. I'm glad you think they look good (they are!) and if you try them, let me know what you think!

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