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Birthday Dinner, Part III and XXL Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie

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Peanut butter–it’s a staple, isn’t it? If not, it should be–take its place there on the pantry shelf with flour and sugar, eggs and butter. In fact, peanut butter is even better than those staples as it’s a complete meal all by itself, with sugar and oil, protein and carbohydrates. How many of us have thrown together a lunch for work or school by smearing some peanut butter between two slices of bread and shoving the sandwich into a plastic bag and running out the door? Peanut butter–it’s a staple, isn’t it?

Well, this recipe kicks that staple up a notch–or two or three. This king (or queen) sized peanut butter chocolate chunk cookie combines all the good stuff of peanut butter with the perfect complement (and indulgence) of chocolate, to give you something that tastes down to earth (like all those peanut butter sandwiches during lunch break) but also launches you into the stratosphere–a staple with an attitude. It might just make you wish you could replace all those sandwiches with one of these cookies–now that would be a lunch break!

Zach and Becca have been brought back down to earth in their new setting, are finding fresh challenges and rewards in life outside of college. Then they discover Jonah, an at-risk eight-year-old African-American boy. And in their desire to improve Jonah’s life and chances, they discover new meaning and purpose for their lives and relationship. Suddenly, everything matters so much more. And their old lives and relationship, which had seemed more than adequate, pale in comparison to these new aspirations. But can they meet the challenge they’ve set before them, or will it all come crashing down?

Check out Birthday Dinner, Part III to see for yourself (and come back next week to get more of their story)!

  bite of cookie

XXL Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

2 Tablespoons Jif creamy peanut butter*

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

2 Tablespoons egg substitute (or crack one egg, beat it, and use 2 Tbsp)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of  salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)

1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

*Feel free to use your favorite kind of peanut butter. Just make sure to use a brand that does not require you to stir it in order to mix the oils and peanuts–this kind of peanut butter will be too thin for this particular recipe.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. Set aside.

prebaked cookie

{So much cookie dough!}

In a mixing bowl, add the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Stir ingredients together until well combined. Add the egg and the vanilla extract, and mix until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the peanut butter mixture and slowly mix in the dry ingredients, careful not to over mix the dough. Fold in the chocolate chunks.

baked cookie

Scoop the entire mixture onto the prepared cookie sheet. Pile the cookie dough so that it is slightly taller in the middle (this makes the cookie extra thick and chewy). Put the cookie in a preheated oven and bake for 14-16 minutes, or until it is starting to turn golden brown. Remove the cookie from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

bits of cookie

{End result: A thick, chewy cookie that is slightly under-cooked in the center. Perfection!}

{Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction}

Birthday Dinner cover

Birthday Dinner, Part III, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Birthday Dinner, Part III, text © Jeffrey Anderson


One response »

  1. huntfortheverybest

    this is too funny. i love it!


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