Monday, June 25, 2007

The Perfect Couple

Sometimes the urge to play Cupid is irresistible. When you know two great people and you just know they are perfect for each other, isn't it unkind to deprive them of their shot at happiness together?

I met my husband to be when I was in college. He and his best friend were in the marching band and they and a couple of other band buddies were going around one night, offering to play for beer. They were across the street at a fraternity and a girl from our house yelled to them that we didn't have beer but we had Diet Dr. Pepper. Well, they wanted beer, and Diet Dr. Pepper is nasty stuff, but we were of the female persuasion, so they came and played for us. We met, sparks flew, and two years later we were married.

In the meantime, I got to know his best friend as well. I knew he loved racquet sports, had a wacky sense of humor, and liked strong women. I happened to have a good friend who was smart, strong, funny, and was looking for a racquet ball partner. So, of course I had to set them up. As with any blind date, it could have been an awkward nightmare, but they hit it off and they have now been married almost as long as we have. Sometimes you just know when it's a good match.

So what does this have to do with food? Well, one of my favorite pairings is chocolate and peanut butter. I adore each one individually, but put them together and I am in heaven! These cookies are extra wonderful because they have two kinds of chocolate paired up in a peanut butter cookie. The cookie has a sandy, moist texture, and the bittersweet chocolate ribbons through it, giving a wonderful taste and texture contrast. I adapted this recipe from Mrs. Fields Best Ever Cookie Book. I substituted 70% bittersweet chocolate for the semisweet chocolate called for. I could say it was because I wanted a more sophisticated tasting cookie, or, I could tell the truth - that I was out of semi-sweet chocolate. In any case, it ended up being delicious.

Double-Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

makes about 2 dozen

6 oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
12 oz. (about 2 cups) milk chocolate chips

1- Arrange racks in oven to divide it into thirds. Preheat oven to 300 deg. F. In a double boiler, melt the semisweet chocolate over hot, not simmering, water. Set aside to cool to about room temperature.

2- In a small bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.

3- In a mixing bowl cream the butter and the peanut butter. Add the sugars and beat until creamy and smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until just combined. Add the flour mixture and the milk chocolate chips, and beat until no streaks of flour are visible.

4- Pour the melted chocolate over the dough and drag a wooden spoon through. You want to just marbleize, not combine. Leave streaks of chocolate.

5- Drop the dough in 3-Tbsp mounds 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 23 minutes, or until just set but still soft. Rotate the baking sheets, top to bottom, halfway through cooking. Cool on the baking sheet for 30 seconds then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


Anonymous said...

That's one sinfully rich and delicious cookies. I think my better half would love it. I'm going to keep this recipe of yours and bake it for him when he isn't on a diet. :)

Kelly-Jane said...

Your cookies look fab, and I love how you write your posts too :)

Jerry said...

Oh Lynn, the marriage of 2 lovely tastes-peanut butter and chocolate. Sadly I made chocolate chip cookies last night. Got to go stock up, so I can make these!

Nora B. said...

Lynn, what a wonderful story and those cookies look great too. I just made peanut butter and jelly cookies and this choc & PB cookies will be my next peanut butter based cookie, I think. Thanks for sharing!

Anh said...

A sweet romance and another great batch of cookies! Your husband must be so happy and proud. You bake so much yummy treats for him! :)

WokandSpoon said...

That was a lovely story about you and your husband.

And, another great cookie! This one is definitely not just going to break my diet but completely obliterate it!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Lynn, what a lovely story - it's wonderful how you and your husband met!

And these cookies... Well, they are sinful. ;)

Anonymous said...

Wow! They look great! It is one of my favorite flavor combos!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Cooking Ninja - It's a good recipe to have on hand for a splurge or a special treat.

Kelly-Jane - Thanks so much. You are such a sweetie!

Jerry - One good cookie deserves another!

Nora- P, B, and J is another wonderful pair. Yumm.

Anh- Thanks. He's a wonderful husband and he deserves the treats.

Wok and Spoon - Diet? What's that??

Patricia - Thanks!

Dianne - Come over and taste!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the cookies today! They were unforgettable in every way, unforgettable that's what they say....

eatme_delicious said...

Oh wow those look really good. I think your blog will be very dangerous for me to read!

Helene said...

Great story and great recipe! WIll give it a go this weekend!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Oh my goodness. I came here via Patricia's blog to see these cookies. I will definitely make these. I've been looking for ages for a recipe where I could use chocolate and peanut butter - think I just found it.