Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Toffee Peanuts

Monday, September 7, 2009
Chocolate chunk cookies made with chopped toffee-covered peanuts.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Toffee Peanuts 

7 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided use
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar, divided use
1 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 ounces coarsely chopped semi-sweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a small cookie sheet with waxed paper and grease waxed paper.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; whisk in 1/4 cup brown sugar and bring mixture to a boil, whisking frequently. Stir in peanuts until well coated, then spread out on waxed paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely before crumbling into pieces.

Melt remaining butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; continue to cook the butter, whisking frequently, until it starts to brown and foam, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly, about 8 minutes.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt; stir in yeast until combined.

In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat peanut butter, remaining brown sugar and granulated sugar until well combined and grainy, about 1 minute; beat in browned butter for 1 additional minute. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture until just combined; stir in chocolate and toffee peanuts with a wooden spoon until combined. Chill dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour. ( You could speed up this process by placing the dough in the freezer for about 40 minutes.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Roll heaping tablespoonfuls of dough into balls, place on greased cookie sheets and flatten slightly using palms of hands. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until golden brown around edges. Cool 1 minute before transferring to wire racks.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

22 comments on "Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Toffee Peanuts"
  1. Sorry you're working today but hope it goes by fast today! Gotta love Walmart. Have you seen that website, People of Walmart? Go. Now :)

    Amazing goodies...I would love for this to be a yearly tradition.

  2. WOW! These look good. I was wondering what to make tonight for Labor Day dessert! Thanks! Happy labor-free day!

  3. I'm SO excited for Labory Day cookie week! These look fantastic. Do tell about the meth addict woman in Wal-Mart! It sounds like an awesome story. :)

  4. oh so good :) i surely can t resist these.

  5. Sorry you are working today. What exactly is wrong with those pictures? They look great to me. Oh, and the cookies do too!

  6. I love seeing all the different choco chip cookie variations. I think the pics look great :).

  7. I am in love with those cookies..
    they look way better than the healthy ones I made recently.

    And I am still laughing at your comment about the meth addict in the Asian Food section in Walmart.
    You are a nut!! (in a good way of course) :)

  8. I just noticed you used yeast in the cookies... why? for lift or flavor?
    I have never seen yeast used in cookies before. You are so innovative!

  9. Well, I think the pictures are great! And all you have to do is mention "toffee" and I come running!

  10. I LOVE the toffee peanuts in these, what a great idea!

    And your "bad" pictures are better than my best ones :)

  11. Ooh, toffee peanuts--awesome!

    I made and posted about your killer cake. My pictures don't do yours a bit of justice, but dadgum, it sure tasted GREAT!

  12. those are some marvelously chunked cookies, emily. i prefer my chunks be made of either chocolate or toffee, so these are win-win.

  13. Phwoar - you have me with the toffee peanuts! Delicious!!!!

  14. ha your "bad" pictures are anything but bad. these look delicious!!!

  15. Peanut Butter, Toffee, Chocolate - these cannot sound or look any better.

  16. These look almost like chocolate chunk cookie balls! Yum!

  17. OK! They were SOO good! My husband loved them! He could smell the peanuts, which he gets crazy when he has them in a dish. Thanks Emily!

  18. These make me want to be less lazy about cookie making.

    But it's so hard not to eat the dough! ;)

  19. Thanks everyone!

    This is way late, but I'll explain.
    This big woman in Wal-Mart said I was in her way and I needed to learn some etiquette. Blah blah blah. She started yelling at Eric and me. It was all stupid.

  20. I just made these, and they're so good!! You can't go wrong with those amazing ingredients. I have found that using browned butter in cookies makes all the difference in the world, so I was excited to see that this recipe uses that technique. Thank you for these!! I'm sure I'll be making them again :)