Welcome to day 9 of Baltimore Baking Examiner’s 25 days of Christmas cookie recipes. Our recipe today blends two iconic flavors: chocolate and peanut butter. George Washington Carver is the best known promoter of peanuts. But did you know that he compiled a list of 105 peanut recipes in various cookbooks, including the first peanut butter cookie? In his 1916 bulletin, How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption, Carver listed three different cookie recipes that called for crushed and chopped peanuts. But it was not until the 1920’s the peanut butter was listed as an ingredient to be used in cookie recipes.
Chocolate originated in Mesoamerica where it was used in special religious and royal events. It is believed to date back to 1900BCE. It wasn’t until chocolate came to Europe that it was sweetened with the use of refined sugar and milk. In the 19th century Briton John Cadbury was the first to solidify chocolate into what is now the modern day chocolate bar. The chocolate making process remained the same for hundreds of years. But during the Industrial Revolution mills were created to process chocolate more efficiently. Although cocoa originated in the Americas, Western Africa produces two-thirds of the world’s cocoa today. www.Taste of Home.com gives us a fantastic recipe for Peanut Butter and Chocolate cookies Cookies.This recipe yields 48 cookies:
•1 cup chunky peanut butter
•1/4 cup canola oil
•3/4 cup packed brown sugar
•1/2 cup sugar
•1 tablespoon Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract
•1 cup all-purpose flour
•1/3 cup baking cocoa
•1 teaspoon baking soda
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
- •In a large bowl, beat the peanut butter, oil and sugars until blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to peanut butter mixture just until blended (dough will be sticky). Stir in chocolate chips.
- •Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with a glass.
- •Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set and tops are cracked. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
This cookie is phenomenal. Peanut butter and chocolate go together perfectly. Therefore, this cookie is a bit of heaven in every bite. The texture and flavors are wonderful. This cookie is sure to be on your holiday baking list for years to come. Baltimore City residents can purchase the ingredients for this recipe at the following locations: Giant Foods 1020 West 41st Street Baltimore, MD. 21211 and Eddies of Roland Park 5113 Roland Avenue Baltimore, MD. 21210.