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Cookie Swap – Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

This year, I participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. I baked three dozen cookies and mailed them to three different bloggers. In return, I received cookies from three bloggers.

I decided to turn my cookies into a family baking day. I got together with my step-grandma, step-mom, and sister-in-law for a fun day of baking!

I found my cookie recipes in the book Great Cookies by Carole Walter. They are originally called “Chocolate-Peanut Butter Yo-Yo’s” but I didn’t make my cookies into yo-yo’s, which is why they’re just called Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Pan: Cookie sheets
  • Pan Prep: Lightly buttered or wax paper
  • Oven Temp: 350 degrees
  • Chilling Time: 1 hour
  • Baking Time: 8-9 minutes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned in and leveled
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot water
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted and kept warm
  • 1 recipe Quick Chocolate Glaze (see recipe below)*
  • 3/4 cup medium-chopped salted peanuts


  1. Strain together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In the large bowl on an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter on medium-low speed. When the butter is smooth and creamy, add the peanut butter and mix to combine. Add the granulated sugar, then the brown sugar and mix to incorporate. Mix in the egg, scraping down the side of the bowl as needed. Mix in the vanilla.
  3. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients in three additions, mixing just to combine after each addition.
  4. Remove 1/2 cup of dough and place in a wide, medium bowl. Using a wooden spoon, mix in the hot water, then blend in the warm melted chocolate. Drop tablespoons of chocolate dough onto the peanut butter dough, being careful to distribute the chocolate dough evenly around the bowl. With a table knife, cut through the two doughs about six times to marbilize them. Do not overmix. Form into two 1 1/4 inch-diameter logs, being careful not to disturb the marbleization. Wrap logs with plastic, twisting the ends tightly to secure. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. (the dough will keep in the fridge for 3 days or may be frozen for 1 month.) 
  5. Position the shelves in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter the cookies sheets or use wax paper.
  6. Using a thin, sharp knife, slice the dough into thick rounds, turning every two or three cuts to maintain the shape. Place on the cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until lightly browned. To ensure even browning, toward the end of baking time rotate the sheets top to bottom and front to back. Let stand for 1 or 2 minutes before loosening with a spatula. Transfer to cooling racks.
  8. While the cookies are cooling, prepare the glaze (see recipe below*.) Coat the sides of the cookie with glaze. Place the peanuts in a low, flat dish and roll the sides of the cookies through the peanuts. Place on rack, and let the glaze set.

Storage: Store in an airtight container, layered between strips of wax paper, for up to two weeks. These cookies may be frozen.

Quick Chocolate Glaze Recipe


  • 1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup strained confectioners sugar, spooned in & leveled
  • 3 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Melt the chocolates and butter in a shallow bowl set over simmering water, stirring until smooth. (I did mine in the microwave and it worked fine.)
  2. Remove from the heat and add the sugar alternately with the water. Stir in the corn syrup and vanilla.
  3. Beat well with a wooden spoon until very smooth.

And there you have it – chocolate peanut butter cookies!

Thank you to the three bloggers who sent me cookies – they were all delicious!

If you would like to participate in next year’s Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, you can sign up to receive information here.

Thank you to Lindsay and Julie for organizing this year’s Cookie Swap!

Hope everyone enjoyed their cookies!


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Out of Cookies – Send More

This morning after I dropped the kids off at school, I hauled my butt to Dunkin Donuts for some much-needed coffee.

Why yes, you will see me soon…probably in an hour for a refill.

After coffee and a little Christmas shopping, I picked up Jaden from preschool, and we took my niece over to the hospital so I could visit my brother and she could see her dad.

My brother is doing pretty good and should hopefully be home in the next couple of days. Then I have to give Baby McCutie Sweetie Pie back. Boo.

My dad was there too. He’s not a doctor…he just plays one on tv.

When I got home from the hospital, my last dozen cookies from the cookie swap were on my front porch. I love that they’re always waiting for me when I get home from somewhere.

These cookies were from Tiffany and they were snickerdoodles. Those are one of my favorites cookies and I ate two immediately…then I had one more. They were so soft and full of cinnamon. I want another one just talking about them…

And she actually sent the same card that Christine did. Isn’t that funny?

She also sent the cookies in an adorable stocking, which was a nice touch.

And that concludes the cookie swap for this year. I’m kind of sad. I want more cookies. Thank you to all three ladies who sent me cookies – they were delicious! My recipe post for my cookies will be going up on December 12th.

After eating too many cookies, I decided to have something healthy to balance it out. I snacked on carrots, red & green peppers, and pretzels with hummus.

Hope you’re all having a good afternoon!

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Cookies Make Me Happy

Last Night

When Danny got home from work yesterday night, I went to the gym. Now I remember why I hate going to the gym at night – it’s so crowded.

In the mornings, there’s probably about 10 people there, and I usually have the whole row of treadmills all to myself. I can stretch and use the free weights in an area all by myself.

But at night, it’s crazy. I was lucky to even find an empty treadmill. And I realize that a lot of people go to the gym after work because that’s the only chance that they have to go, but that doesn’t mean I have to like all the sweaty bodies way too close to my personal space.

I ran 3.2 miles on the treadmill, which puts me at the weekly goal for the Pile on the Miles Challenge. And I think my Nike+ is starting to fizzle. A few times it would just stop working and show that I wasn’t running at all, even though I was. After a few seconds it would start working again. Maybe it’s time to get a new one.

When I got home from the gym, I had dinner – baked ziti and roasted broccoli and carrots.

I like baked pasta so much better than regular pasta. I think it’s all the cheesy deliciousness.


I woke up early this morning just so that I could make a batch of pumpkin pancakes. My brother gets slightly annoyed with my obsession with pumpkin pancakes – sorry, Paul.

Along with my pumpkin pancakes I also had some southwest style hash browns.

They were way too spicy. Holy hotness. I am such a baby with spicy stuff, and I had no idea that they would be so spicy. From now on, I’ll stick with the regular hash browns.

Cookie Swap

I have signed up for  The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. I don’t have any friends that want to swap cookies with me and I don’t have any coworkers to do a cookie swap with so I figured that swapping cookies with other bloggers was perfect.

I love getting homemade food from strangers.

Anyway, I am very excited for the cookie swap and have narrowed it down to three cookie recipes. I just have to figure out which one tastes the best and will hold up during shipping.

Today is a pretty laid back day. I have some stuff to do around the house and then the kids have karate later.

Have a great day!

What’s your favorite cookie? Will you bake some for me?

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