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
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
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.