Welcome Back: Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Pie

So I’ve been a long time absent. Sorry! As I recall, a certain Morsel and/or Chip was supposed to be on my case about uploading. She didn’t update much, either, but she doesn’t have a kitchen in which to bake (although that’s changing as she begins to steal other people’s kitchens… or just store baking ingredients in them).

This absence isn’t so much for my lack of baking as it is my laziness how busy I am. I’ll try to catch up with everything soon, because there are definitely a few cakes to post (keep an eye out for a choco raspberry kahlua cake that’s reasonably easy and delicious), some cookies, and probably a few other things I’ve forgotten. Maybe if I’m lucky, I can get a guest post about Full House’s award-winning chocolate almond caramel crunch cake from Reid. Maybe.

This one is something I made right after I got back to school for someone’s birthday. I’ve made it once before for my sister’s birthday, and it’s an easy go-to for anyone who loves yummy, warm, gooey cookies. The base recipe is quite simple and then you can do whatever you want with it (I’ve done both ganache and whipped cream).

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Cake (Adapted from and inspired by Smitten Kitchen’s “Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies”)

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (120 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) (115 grams) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch (1cm) pieces
1 large egg
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt
1 1/2 cups (200 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
1ish cup peanut butter (to taste)

Preheat oven to 300F (150C). Generously oil a 9in springform pan.

Beat the sugars and butters together in a stand mixer with paddle attachment until smooth. Mix in the egg, vanilla, and baking soda.

Stir together the flour and salt, then mix them into the batter. Add in the chocolate chips (and peanut butter chips if you want!), then finally 3/4-1 cup peanut butter, depending on how much you love the magical substance.

Spread evenly in springform pan and bake in middle of oven about 25-30 minutes until edges brown and middle springs back slightly to the touch.

Add either chocolate ganache (see below) or whipped cream, and chill.

Semisweet Ganache

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cups heavy cream

1. Place chocolate chips in a medium, heatproof mixing bowl.

2. Bring heavy cream to a boil, stirring occasionally. Pour cream onto chocolate chips and allow to sit for five minutes. Mix with rubber spatula until chocolate is melted.

3. Mix with immersion blender until shiny and smooth.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

So Miss Olivia over at Morsels and Chips is all into her healthy baking thing, and as I’m staying (read: baking) with her, I have to pretend to be on follow along. I promise most of my posts won’t be this health conscious, don’t worry.

Let’s make a quick list of things I love:
Peanut butter
Chocolate
Cookies
Oatmeal

Where does that put me? Obviously, with Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. (adapted from Brown Eyed Bakers)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
scant ¼ cup Country Crock Light buttery spread, at room temperature
scant ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
½ cup crunchy peanut butter
1/3 cup sugar or sweetener
¼ cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

3. Cream together the butter, apple sauce, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat to combine. Gradually add the flour until just combined. Stir in the oats, and then the chocolate chips.

4. Scoop dough (~1 tbsp) and pat lightly onto prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden. Cool completely on the baking sheet and then store in an airtight container at room temperature.