DAY 9: The great American classic taste combination: Chocolate & Peanut Butter. This fun-looking swirl cookie was inspired by a cookie failure last year. Unlike last year’s Peppermint Swirl Cookies, which looked cute but tasted awful, this cookie is both delicious and fun to look at. The kids’ memories were better than I thought: they were leery of trying these after being so disappointed last year. One bite and they were hooked though!
I used my standard Peanut Butter cookie dough recipe and pieced together a chocolate dough from a few that I like. The textures of the two doughs swirled together nicely for a soft, fun cookie. Creating the swirl is an easy process:
Lay 2 logs of dough side by side.
Press together and gently twist.
Pinch off a tablespoon-size chunk of dough and roll into a ball.
Peanut Butter Dough
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Peanut Butter Dough: Cream butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in vanilla and egg. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
Chocolate Dough: Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Add 1 cup flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt to mixing bowl; beat slowly until well combined. Mix in remaining 1 cup flour.
Roll half of each dough into a log. Press the two logs (of peanut butter and chocolate doughs) together and gently twist the doughs. Repeat with remaining halves of dough. Break off tablespoon-sized pieces of dough. Roll into balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES (2010) RECAP:
DAY 1: Raspberry Crumb Bars
DAY 2: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
DAY 3: Chocolate Nutella Cookies
DAY 4: Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies
DAY 5: Almond Macaroon Brownies
DAY 6: Trail Mix Cookies
DAY 7: Cream Cheese Cut-Out Cookies
DAY 8: Chocolate Revel Bars