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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies

Our darling mother always says that we were remarkably well behaved children.  In the grocery store, in restaurants, on long haul international flights - apparently we were complete angels. 

Perhaps it had something to do with her wonderful parenting skills, maternal instincts and thinly veiled "do-you-want-me-to-call-your-father" threats.  But it probably had more to do with something else.  Cookies.

You heard us.  Cookies.  And brownies.  And cakes.  And pies. 

That teeny teapot of a mummy was always baking, but that certainly didn't mean we were always eating.  Oh no no, we learned early on that if we wanted the sugary sweets we had to be sugary sweet ourselves.  And darling readers, NOTHING motivates good behavior like baked goods.

Which got us thinking.  If cookies and cakes will quell even the most ramunctuous children, surely they can have a similar affect on adults?  Seriously, people line up for hours outside Magnolia Bakery, quietly standing in line, patiently waiting, and for what?  For CUPCAKES people! 

Dorie Greenspan's now famous World Peace Cookies were so dubbed because another genius baker determined that cookies were all that were needed to ensure happines the world over.  So true!  These are our people!

And these are our version of world peace, quiet the kiddies, make the earth a better place cookies.  Chocolate peanut butter crunch cookies.  Say that fast three times.  Or just make them and watch the happiness spread.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies
Makes 24-28 cookies

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8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup chocolate covered peanuts (we used Goobers)
1 cup pretzels, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Lightly grease two baking sheets.

Place chocolate chips and butter in a glass bowl and heat in the microwave on 30 second bursts, stirring between cooking, until almost melted.  Stir until smooth.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the sugar and eggs until combined. Add the melted chocolate mixture, then stir in the vanilla, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.  Add in peanut butter chips, chocolate covered peanuts and pretzels and stir to combine.

Drop tablespoon-sized dough balls onto the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart.  Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes, until their tops are shiny and cracked. Leave to cool on pans for about 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Reader Comments (10)

I would wait in line and behave a long time for these cookies!

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

There are just a million things I love about this recipe!

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

Parenting 101: bribe your kids with cookies. Yep, I can totally subscribe to that theory, works every time, especially when the cookies are loaded with pretzels, peanut butter and chocolate.

These look so scrumptious!

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Haha, I could easily be bribed using these cookies! I am going to have to try making them dairy-free so I can eat them myself!

I have just found your blog and really enjoyed looking at some of your recent posts. I'm looking forward to reading more!

~Emily~

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily (Edible Psychology)

Mmm so many tasty things in these cookies! Love it!

YUM!! I will be making these pronto and my hubby's coworkers are gonna be very, very happy!!

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda S.

You just combined some of my favorite things! Yummy!

January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElena

These cookies are already starting to make the world a better place ... im totally in love with them!!

January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiving The Sweet Life

Thanks a lot for that great reciepe! I made the cookies myself and they were absolutely amazing! :-)

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRegina

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