Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sunbutter Chocolate Chip Cookies - The Leftovers Club

Wow - the last month TOTALLY flew by.  It seems like only yesterday I was posting things for the Leftover's Club.

As a reminder, The Leftovers Club is a lovely group of ladies who send each other treats every month.  It's potentially the best club I've ever belonged to (sorry Latin Club, your snacks just weren't up to par...).  If you're interested in joining, and seriously, why wouldn't you be, check out the website.

Last month, I did savory, so I thought that this month, we could go back to sweet.  About a week ago, I made these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and they were FANTASTIC.  So I thought I'd make them again, but with some substitutions.  I was out of peanut butter, so I subbed sunbutter.  I also was out of vanilla extract, so I subbed chocolate vodka.  This is a great idea.

Simply put, no matter what you do, these are amazing.  Puffy, chewy, buttery perfection.

Puffy Sunbutter Cookies - adapted from How Sweet Eats
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
8 tablespoons of salted butter, melted and cooled
6 tablespoons of sunbutter, melted and cooled
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
2 teaspoons chocolate vodka 
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Melt the butter and sunbutter together over medium heat.  If you're fancy and own a microwave, you can do it in there instead.  Stick it in the fridge so it cools - you want it to be only slightly warm to the touch when you get down to baking.  
Mix the flour and baking soda in a small bowl. 
Then, mix the cooled butter/peanut butter and sugars until they are combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir until mixed. Gradually add flour and mix until a dough forms. It's going to look crumbly at first - don't freak out, this is ok.  Keep mixing until it's incorporated.  You can use your hands if you need to, I give you permission.  
Mix in the chocolate chips.
Shape the dough into a ball the size of however big you want your cookies. Place on a baking sheet two inches apart and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown. They might look undercooked; they are not.  Try to let them cool before you shove them in your mouth.