Sweet and Salty Peanut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I am still intrigued by those World Peace Cookies. The addition of sea salt to them really makes them much more interesting than a traditional cookie. When I found this recipe in a Cooking Light magazine, my salty cookie interest was heightened.

Sweet and Salty Peanut Chocolate Chunk Cookies | Bake or Break

I was certainly not disappointed in these cookies. The saltiness and sweetness are a wonderful complement to each other. Because the sea salt does not melt in the batter, you get a little extra-salty bite some times. The texture of them reminds me of traditional peanut butter cookies. A little crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. And completely delicious.

The best part of these cookies? One cookie has 61 calories. Nice. My cookies have a few more because I made 25 cookies instead of 38. But, still. This is a great cookie for anyone trying to be “good” in this new year.

Sweet and Salty Peanut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: about 36 cookies

Sweet and Salty Peanut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°.

Place peanuts in a small baking pan. Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly toasted.

Combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.

Place sugars and butter in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add vanilla and egg, and mix until combined. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Stir in peanuts, chocolate chips, and salt.

Drop dough by teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart on sprayed or lined baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Cool on pans for 5 minutes, then cool completely on wire racks.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.

http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2008/01/sweet-and-salty-peanut-chocolate-chunk-cookies/
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22 Comments

  1. Ashley January 16, 2008 Reply

    Mmm a little crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside sounds like the perfect pb cookie, which I’m still searching for.

  2. peabody January 16, 2008 Reply

    Bookmarked, my hubby would love these in his lunch.

  3. Patricia Scarpin January 16, 2008 Reply

    I’ll have to bake these, Jen – you keep bringing these delicious recipes, how can I resist? :)

  4. rachel January 16, 2008 Reply

    They sound perfect!

  5. Julie O'Hara January 16, 2008 Reply

    Those do look good, although I get wary of CL dessert recipes sometimes. Sea salt rocks in general. Good call on making 25 instead of 38.
    Julie

  6. Alicia January 16, 2008 Reply

    Nice! I just love salty-sweet.

  7. jennifer January 16, 2008 Reply

    Ashley, if you find that perfect recipe, please let me know!

    Peabody, I hope your husband likes them!

    Thanks, Patricia! Hope you like them.

    Thanks, Rachel. They’re very, very good.

    Julie, for the longest time I didn’t like Cooking Light recipes, but lately I’ve made some really good things from their magazine. Oh, and I love sea salt, too. Plain ol’ regular salt is only for baking use in my kitchen. Give me sea salt or kosher salt any day.

    Thanks, Alicia! If you love salty & sweet, then you’d love these!

  8. katy January 16, 2008 Reply

    I think I am gaining weight just looking at these… and imagining stuffing them into my mouth. :-) they really look delicious. and i *love* caramels with sea salt, or chocolate with sea salt, so i’m pretty darn sure i’ll love peanut butter cookies with sea salt. :-)

  9. brilynn January 16, 2008 Reply

    Love the salty and sweet combo. I haven’t made anything with peanut butter in a while, these look great!

  10. JEP January 16, 2008 Reply

    I love even the name of these cookies! Also the recipe fits my single-life needs better…okay, I still need to share a few, tho:)

  11. Dana January 16, 2008 Reply

    I cut out this recipe too and have it in my files! I’ve been meaning to try it for ages, and now that I know for sure that it’s a winner, I’ll have to make it soon!

  12. Alejandra January 16, 2008 Reply

    I’ve been tossing sea salt on (and in) everything lately. These are definitely going on my list…

  13. Sharon January 16, 2008 Reply

    We are BIG peanut butter fans so I will definitely be trying this!
    btw, I’ve been reading your blog for awhile, and I have to say you have the most drool-inducing pictures ever!

  14. jennifer January 16, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, everyone!

  15. Susan from Food Blogga January 18, 2008 Reply

    When I saw the name of your cookie, I thought, “Please let this be the Cooking Light recipe.” I have had this recipe in my binder for a while now, and I keep wanting to make them. Now that I see how perfect they are, there’s no need to wait! You’ve got a delicious blog here–glad I found it.

  16. jennifer January 18, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Susan! I hope you like them as much as we did.

  17. Sharona May January 18, 2008 Reply

    Yes, I think the cookies must be interesting with the added sea salt. The title made me stop for a minute and read through the recipe. You really can’t beat a good peanut butter cookie and milk.

    Thanks
    Sharona May

  18. jennifer January 19, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Sharona May!

  19. Rachel January 21, 2008 Reply

    I made these this weekend! They were ok, easy to throw together, I think 10 minutes made them a little too crisp, and they have a taste of baking soda. They’re good, but I’m not sure that I would make them again.

  20. jennifer January 21, 2008 Reply

    Thanks for sharing your opinion, Rachel! I always like to hear from other people who’ve made the same recipes. Mine didn’t taste like baking soda at all. Hmmm… I’m glad you liked them, though!

  21. joanh February 4, 2008 Reply

    yeah.. i bought chocolate with a bit of sea salt in it a month ago and it was really addictive. now i could totally see how it could work in cookies

  22. michelle February 26, 2008 Reply

    I made these last night for a co-worker’s birthday. 10 minutes baking was perfect and they’ve turned out with just the right combo of chewy/soft texture. I thought I’d burned my peanuts at first but after making my roommate taste test they passed muster. So far only compliments at work, but next time I make them I’ll find a better sea salt to give them that little extra salty taste I’d hoped for.

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