Feeling Nostalgic

 

There’s always that one thing…whether it’s a certain food, song or scent. It reminds you of a certain someone and it can instantly transport you back to a place or moment in time.  These chocolate peanut butter chip cookies remind me of my childhood, they remind me of my Nana. I am instantly transported back to her kitchen whenever I bake these delicious cookies. My Nana, Mary Ellen, has always been my inspiration.

 

She was my inspiration to start my own business and to pursue my love of baking. My love of baking started with her. She made THE BEST COOKIES and she would always bake whenever she was bored. So you can imagine all of the cookies that were baked during the winter months here in PA. Since I was a kid, I always had a tendency (and maybe still to do) to say “I can’t do it!” whenever I was faced with a challenge or a task. My Nana would always say to me “Yes you can! I don’t want to hear you say, I can’t do it!” I remember vividly saying that to her when I was learning to dive at Memorial Pool, or when I was learning how to roller skate and wanted to skate down her drive way. I’d like to think that she would be proud of me. I hope that she is proud of me.

 

This blog is something I have wanted to do for a very long time but was too nervous to actually do it. With that being said, my very first blog post is dedicated to her. Even though my Nana is no longer here with us, she is giving me the courage to go for it and try something new!  She always believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I do! If you’re feeling spontaneous, throw a scoop of ice cream on top of the cookie! Celebrate the people in your life who inspire and support you or just celebrate the fact that today is Thursday and that it’s one day closer to the weekend! Until next time, keep it sweet! –Ange

 

Stir flour, cocoa, & baking soda together in medium size bowl.  Set Aside.

Stir flour, cocoa, salt, & baking soda together in medium size bowl. Set Aside.

 

 

Beat butter & sugar until fluffy {about 2-3 min}.

Beat butter & sugar until fluffy {about 2-3 min}.  Add eggs and vanilla – beat well.

 

 

Gradually add flour mixture. Beat well.

Gradually add flour mixture. Beat well.

 

 

Stir in peanut butter chips.

Stir in peanut butter chips.

 

 

Drop rounded tablespoon onto non-greased cookie sheets {i lined mine with parchment paper, not necessary}

Drop rounded tablespoon onto non-greased cookie sheets {I lined mine with parchment paper, you don’t have to, though}.

 

 

Bake 8-9 minutes, don't over bake.

Bake 8-9 minutes, don’t over bake.  They’ll puff while baking and flatten while cooling.

 

 

Recipe {Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies}

Ingredients:

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 – 10 oz. bag of peanut butter chips

2 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups  granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups flour

3/4 cup cocoa

 

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Stir flour, cocoa, salt, & baking soda together in medium size bowl. Set aside.

Beat butter & sugar until fluffy {about 2-3 min.}.

Add eggs & vanilla. Beat well.

Gradually add the flour mixture. Beat well.

Stir in peanut butter chips.

Drop rounded tablespoon onto non-greased cookie sheets {I lined mine with parchment paper, but you don’t have to, though}.

Bake 8-9 minutes. Don’t over bake! The cookies will puff while baking & flatten while cooling.

*Makes about 54 cookies*

 

2 comments

  1. Aunt Janie says:

    Ange,

    What a great tribute to Nana. I have such fond memories walking in Nana’s back door and smelling these cookies while they were baking. I haven’t had one of these since she made them. Just might have to make a batch sometime soon and reminisce!!

    Love,

    Aunt Janie

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