Obscene amounts of cake

This past week has been particularly hectic. Besides the normal day hussle and bussle, I've been commissioned to bake a sweet 16 birthday cake to feed 100 guests. Holy Moly!!

Beyond the massive amounts of cake batter in my kitchen yet to bake, and the already baked 3 sheet cakes measuring approximately 16" x 20" - I also baked possibly the most delicious peanut butter cookies on earth. Truly. Who doesn't love peanut butter? Heck, who doesn't love chocolate??? But to marry the two in one perfect delicious cookie???? HEAVEN!

These are not your Grandma's cookies. GASP! They aren't just a chocolate chip peanut butter cookie. They are perfect peanut buttery melts of deliciousness coated in chocolate, then sprinkled with chopped peanuts.


Go on, breathe deep. I had to. :)

One bite of these heavenly cookies and you will be hooked. You won't be able to wait til they are baked. You might not even get one pan ready before you devour half the batter with a spoon. But, I insist, you MUST make these cookies.

1 cup unsalted butter; softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup quick oats

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup chopped peanuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and peanut butter until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time until well blended add in vanilla and mix to combine.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the oats until just combined. Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.
4. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until just lightly browned around the edges. Cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet then transfer to cooling rack.
5. Once cookies are completely cooled, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave on medium power. Stir every 30 seconds until the chips are melted and smooth.
6. Working over the bowl of melted chocolate, spoon the chocolate over ½ of each cookie. Allow the access chocolate to flow back into the bowl. Sprinkle the wet chocolate with chopped peanuts and place on wax paper to harden.


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