I Have A Problem

Hello. My name is Jennifer, and I am an addict.

I can admit it now. It’s taken years for me to accept it.

By themselves, chocolate and peanut butter are nice. Put them together, though, and I can never seem to stop myself.

To make matters worse, (or better, depending on how you think about it ) I found this:

image courtesy of ilovepeanutbutter.com

Dark. Chocolate.Dreams. I know many of my fellow bloggers are familiar with Peanut Butter & Co. The nut butter obsession of the blogosphere is something I, personally, have been familiar with my whole life.

For about the first 12 or so years of my life, I probably had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch every single day.

Creamy peanut butter, grape jelly, white bread.

By senior year of high school, I was in the beginning stages of my health nut phase when a dear friend FINALLY made me try crunchy peanut butter. My whole world began to change!! My next obsession?

Crunchy peanut butter, strawberry jam, whole wheat bread.

It was at this point in my life when I realized, not only is peanut butter insanely delicious, but if you can see past the high calorie content it’s really quite good for you!

I know, I know. Most of you are probably shaking your heads. “She’s as nutty as the peanut butter!” But hear me out.

If you can find a natural peanut butter with minimal amounts of added sugar and no hydrogenated oils, the average two tablespoon serving of peanut butter is generally under 200 calories, has between 6 and 8 grams of protein and, depending on the variety, almost 4 grams of fiber. Compare that to some of your other favorite snacks and see how it adds up. You may be surprised!!

I have finally found a balance in my life, I think, of the 12-year-old-junk-food-loving-Jen and the-crazy-health-nut-Jen of more recent years. What I am about to share with you is something 12-year-old me would have gone BANANAS for. Heh.

Brace yourselves.

Dark Chocolate Dreams
Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate dreams peanut butter*
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter *
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

*Note: You may use a whole cup of dark chocolate dreams if you wish, but I didn’t want to part with that much. These cookies were just chocolaty enough and plenty peanut buttery. This recipe will work fine with a whole cup of regular peanut butter too!*

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. The dough will be very moist and sticky. Drop by the tablespoon onto a greased cookie sheet. (You may want to flatten them out a bit, just wet your fingers and press gently on the tops of each cookie.) Bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes or until fragrant and crackly on top. Let cool on the baking sheet for about two minutes before transferring to a baking rack and cooling completely.

Or you can eat them hot out of the oven with an icy glass of milk if you like. That’s the route I took. I do not regret the burn on my tongue. Not one bit.

12 comments

  1. Shaylyn

    OMG!!! Chocolate peanut butter!!! I’ve never heard of it and now it’s on my grocery list, along with the ingredients for the cookies. 🙂

  2. Sues

    OK, these look absolutely amazing! I love Dark Chocolate Dreams… But now I’m wondering how White Chocolate Wonderful would be in cookies… I’m not even much of a white chocolate person, but I LOVE that peanut butter!

  3. Sara

    I LOVE DARK CHOCOLATE DREAMS!!!!!!!!!! OMG I love that entire line of peanut butter. I love all peanut butter, period. Except for the extreme raw kind with no salt….my tastebuds aren’t at that level yet. Those cookies look heavenly!

  4. Jennifer

    Peanut Butter Addicts Anonymous right here lol.

    *Shay, I hope you can find it! Order it online if you can’t it’s totally worth it!
    *Sues, if you DO try and make them with White Chocolate Wonderful let me know how they turn out!!
    *Rowie, you’re not the first person to tell me that. ;P heh.
    *Sara, they were heavenly, and really don’t take much time to make either! Hopefully you can find time between exams and such to make them and devour them!

    Thanks for the love, ladies!!

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  6. Jennifer

    Candice, I mentioned in the post that the dough is pretty wet and sticky. When you combine the egg and brown sugar it becomes a sticky paste and the peanut butter makes it even thicker. The addition of baking soda is what gives the cookies the lift they need when they bake. They come out of the oven looking slightly soft after 15 minutes, but once they cool the firm up and have a very nice chew and slightly crisp texture. Try it for yourself. 🙂

  7. Ashley

    Jen, about how many cookies does this recipe make?
    They sound amazing, plus I am sure they will be an amazing holiday cookie.
    Keep up the good work.

  8. Jennifer

    Hey thanks Ashley! These cookies made 14 rather large cookies. You could probably make them by the teaspoon rather than the tablespoons to get about 20 little guys if you wanted, too!

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