Choc-chip Peanut Butter Cookies

There is nothing like cookies to relieve stress and help you feel better!
Well, dogs are quite good at that but mine are currently locked up in prison (aka kennel) while my parents are holidaying in the US. Poor doggies… 

I’ve tried various different peanut butter cookie recipes with variations on crunchy/smooth etc. I’ve ended up settling for one from Cupcakes, Cheesecakes, Cookies but I’ve replaced the peanut brittle with choc-chips again. I can’t make good peanut brittle, it always ends up as sugar cubes with peanuts. The recipe is really simple and quick to make.
Makes about 15 cookies

125g softened butter (ie. at room temperature)
1/4 cup (generous) peanut butter (smooth/crunchy is up to you)
1/2 cup (firmly packed) brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups sifted plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
~200g choc chips

Line some trays with baking paper and preheat the oven to about 150C.
Mix butter, peanut butter, sugar and eggs in an electric mixer until smooth (or as smooth as you can get with crunchy peanut butter). Make sure you stop the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl so that it mixes evenly.
Stir in the flour and bicarb.Stir in the choc chips. You aren’t meant to knead the dough or roll it out. Grab a small chunk and roll in your hand. Flatten it and add to tray (or add to tray and flatten, but I like doing it the other way). Repeat until there’s no dough left. Pop it in the oven for about 10 minutes and then allow to cool on a rack.

It helps if you are familiar with your oven. I kept making horrible cupcakes until my mum pointed out that my oven was too hot for me to follow the settings in cookbooks. So I normally bake everything at least 20C cooler than instructions and for a shorter time.
Another thing to be aware of is that cookies don’t harden in the oven, they harden while cooling. If you wait for your cookies to harden then you will end up with black bases. Cookbooks seem to assume that this is common knowledge, which kind of sucks for beginners like me.

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