Monday, September 26, 2011

Secret Recipe Club: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I do love taking on a challenge. They say high achievers usually choose to do things of medium difficulty because they don't like failing or feeling like something was too easy so they didn't accomplish anything. I'd say that was kinda true about this recipe.

You see, I decided to start participating in this thing called The Secret Recipe Club. Basically a bunch of food bloggers get together, and a moderator assigns each person in the group another blog (but it's a secret!), and you have to make one of their recipes. Cool, yeah?

Fun fact: the fork marks in peanut butter cookies aren't just decorative. It's cause the dough won't flatten by itself so the insides wouldn't get cooked unless you pushed the dough down.

The blog assigned to me was one called The Mommy Bowl, which sounds about as far away from my current life as possible. Deanna makes primarily vegan and gluten free recipes, so I was pretty nervous about making anything from her site (keep in mind I was looking for something to make like, the day before I went back to school so I didn't exactly have time to go buy rice flour or xanthan gum or anything). After panicking, I finally found something feasible: Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (anyone sing this horrible song in elementary school besides me?). They were really tasty! I used some natural peanut butter with flax and wheat germ in it, which made me feel fancy and less guilty for unhealthifying these cookies, haha. Check out the links at the end of the post for the other blogs that participated in my group this month!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

adapted slightly from The Mommy Bowl

1/2 cup (104 g) coconut oil
1/2 cup (128 g) natural peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar (not packed)
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1 cup flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream the oil and peanut butter together. Add the sugar and beat well. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well incorporated. Beat in the flour, baking soda and salt. When dough is thoroughly combined, stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop by rounded tablespoons or small cookie scoop onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. Using a fork dipped in water, flatten the cookies gently in a criss-cross pattern. Bake for 9-12 minutes until golden brown. These will be fragile until cool.


  1. Well, you didn't de-healthify them too much. I'm not sure they were all that "healthy" to begin with. They're cookies, after all! :)

    I'm glad you were able to find something. I know it's a challenge to cook/bake from someone else's food perspective. But, it's a fun challenge, right.

  2. Yeah, it was really fun! When I have more time, I'd like to play around with some of your other recipes :)

  3. These look fantastic! What a great SRC post! :)

  4. Rebecca, It was so much fun having you as my secret blog! My coworkers chose the recipe, and they actually made an entire list! :-) The peanut butter chocolate chip banana muffins were awesome!

  5. Peanut Butter Cookies are always a great choice!

  6. You can't go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate! Great SRC post.

  7. My kids would go crazy for these cookies. Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my post from group C -

  8. I remember that song, is it wrong that I still sing it once in a while many years later :) Great photos and recipe choice. Nice meeting you on SRC.

  9. Man, I'm lovin' all this SRC love. I think it was a good choice to take part in this :)

  10. that is one perfect cookie recipe!!!

    Glad to be in Group C with you


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