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:
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.
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.