Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies, or Countdown to 40 Giveaway - I'm 39 7/12 years old!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Happy Pre-Birthday.
To me.
Damnit.

I'm turning 40 in five months. I'll be honest with you and say I'm a little weirded out by this one. I'm THAT person who just loves birthdays. But this one is taking some getting used to...although I just heard 40 is the new 30.

So, to get into the groove, I'm starting the birthday celebration NOW. In my 30's.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Cookies
I'll be giving something away each month before my December 7, 2010 birthday.

And don't I know how to get this party started? Yes, by buying myself this cool serving tray at Crate & Barrel. Only $9.95! I'm frugal and 39 7/12!

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Cookies
For the "5 month" countdown, I'm giving away a $39 7/12 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner! ($39.58 US Dollar gift certificate to Amazon.com) To enter, just leave a comment (if you aren't connected to a blog, leave your email address). Deadline is Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at midnight PDT. **Updated: Contest is closed. Congrats to Vicki #8 who won!**

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Here are 39 7/12 peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!

Recipe:
I've made these Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk cookies before, but they are a true favorite. This time, I used Cadbury Dark Chocolate Chips that my cousin brought back from a trip to Ireland.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk cookies
(adapted from Everyday Food - Martha Stewart empire)

My printable recipe here

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky) (I used Jif smooth. I really like the smooth PB for this recipe)
4 tablespoons ( 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar (I've made it with both light and dark brown sugar)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut into chunks (I've used Nestle chips, chunks and Cadbury dark chocolate chips...all with delicious results!!)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda; set aside. With a Kitchen Aid and paddle, beat peanut butter, butter, and sugars until light and fluffy...about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until smooth. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in chocolate chunks.
2. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons, 1 inch apart, onto two large baking sheets. I used half-sheet pans and a Silpat or parchment paper. Bake until golden, 13 to 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.
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Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker said... [Reply to comment]

Happy almost birthday! I love that you are celebrating leading up to the big event! I just turned 30 in March - totally should have done that! And thank you for sharing with your readers! The cookies look awesome.

JelliDonut said... [Reply to comment]

Happy pre-birthday! Those peanut butter cookies look yummy! Love your idea of celebrating your b-day for five months.

Lara @ GoodCookDoris said... [Reply to comment]

Happy early birthday! Those cookies look so delicious. Thanks for sharing!

Carrie said... [Reply to comment]

happy 7/12ths of a birthday! i just had some cake for my brother's 23 364/365ths birthday (we're always too full to eat the cake after going out to dinner on the actual day)

Annie said... [Reply to comment]

Happy almost birthday!

Adriana said... [Reply to comment]

i'd say those cookies are one heck of a way to celebrate! keep on celebrating! you know, happy unbirthday!

Tara said... [Reply to comment]

I'm going to say that 40 is going to be a good age. I just turned 40 in May.

Vicki said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Pre-Birthday! I'm a little behind, at 34 10/12 - 4 days, but I'm already lamenting my 30s :)

cindy said... [Reply to comment]

40 is great--take a nice photo of yourself so when you are my age (54) you can get out your photo on your 40th b-day and say, oh I looked so young!
Cookies look delish, all my favorite flavors.

Steff said... [Reply to comment]

Peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies are among the best things life has to offer. What a great way to start your b-day countdown!
(By the way, I've been a lurker/reading your blog for ages and am a BIG fan!)

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

These cookies look delicious! Happy almost birthday! :D

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Birthday
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TeaLady said... [Reply to comment]

40!! Just a spring chicken. 40 is a great age. I turned 60 last month and still going strong.

sk8kate said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Birthday to come!

Sweet Sensations said... [Reply to comment]

I understand exactly what you mean about the 40 thing....omg... I turn 41 next week and I just can't stand it.... I hated 40 so much coming around so fast and NOW its partner in crime...41... how did it get here sooooo darn fast?

2boysblue said... [Reply to comment]

You are to funny! What a great way to celebrate! Those cookies look so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I am 41 and several months, 42 in October! I was so down about turning 40, after the cake I got over it! You will to! ;o) missytaylor2000 at yahoo dot com

Rebecca said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Almost Birthday! Those cookies look awesome.

JulieD (thelittlekitchen.net) said... [Reply to comment]

Happy early birthday! The cookies look great, photos are gorgeous.

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polinium said... [Reply to comment]

Man, you celebrate birthdays right, starting 5 months early! My email is polinium at g m a i l

LauraM said... [Reply to comment]

my hubby just turned 40!! I have 4 1/2 years left!!! lol...I'm not looking forward to it at all!!!! good luck!! ;)....frommykitchen2@gmail.com

Lisa said... [Reply to comment]

What a great giveaway!

What Deliciousness said... [Reply to comment]

Love the 7/12 of the cookie in the picture! Good on you for embracing 40 and Happy 39 7/12th birthday!

Mimi&Max ,love,life and soap said... [Reply to comment]

Your still so young , only thirty yrs old with some experience to back it up ;) . Thats what happened to me , i stopped growing older and started becoming more experienced yrs ago . Happy almost birthday!!

Ms. K.I.M. said... [Reply to comment]

Well what a great idea and way to bring in your 40th birthday!!!

Fathima said... [Reply to comment]

Happy 39 7/12 b'Day! Love the plate 'n the cookies!

Sathya Sankar said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Pre-Birthday !
Cookies looks delcious!

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

Happy almost-almost birthday! Those cookies look so yummy! I will have to try the recipe!

michelle said... [Reply to comment]

It's the big 39 for me this nov, so I kinda feel your pain!!!

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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Happy early 2nd 39th birthday. :)

P.S. I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog over the last 7 months... and my tummy has enjoyed many of your recipes.

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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Happy almost birthday to you. Today is my real birthday and cookies are my most favorite dessert. Thank you for the recipes. Enjoy your 40's - they will be wonderful. I speak from experience!
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Maranda said... [Reply to comment]

Hahaha!! I love the 7/12 made into change. That's such an awesome idea. These cookies look delicious. Congrats on your new serving tray!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Happy 40th! now you are a true grown up..

Blue Is Bleu said... [Reply to comment]

Happy 39 7/12 birthday! Hehe :) I hope I remember to celebrate turning 40 in such a big way too!

I'm going to have to make those cookies for the hubs soon...

sarahe said... [Reply to comment]

happy early birthday and these cookies look wonderful!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Those cookies look delish! Happy almost birthday!

-Kristy
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DPLK said... [Reply to comment]

Wee! Enjoy the rest of your 40th year! Hope you get the chance to throw a big bash for yourself! (I hope JustJenn caters!)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I will be 47 on Friday! My 40s have been great so far and I'm looking forward to it just getting better and better!

Cheryl said... [Reply to comment]

How fun a countdown! Love the idea!

Memória said... [Reply to comment]

WOOHOOO!!!! Happy pre-birthday!! I love that new dish! I can't believe it was only 10 dollars.

Eileen said... [Reply to comment]

Those cookies look delicious!

Eileen

LibraryGirl62 said... [Reply to comment]

Aw Honey-40 ain't nothing but a thing~29 destroyed me but I rebounded and now I am 48 1/2 :) Life is good!

Kristin said... [Reply to comment]

That serving tray is pretty awesome. I may have to get one for myself.

Ellen said... [Reply to comment]

I love it! I'll have to remember that as a countdown to big birthdays. Great idea. :)

hannah {thepastrykook} said... [Reply to comment]

happy birthday in advance! may your life be as fantastic as how those cookies look! :D

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Birthday! Just started reading your blog. It's great!

e. said... [Reply to comment]

peanut butter and chocolate are the best things in life

can't wait to try these this weekend!

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Free said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Birthday! Just started reading your blog. It's great! chunklet10@gmail.com

Nicole said... [Reply to comment]

Meh, people are living to 100 these days, so you haven't even hit the half way point. ;)

I've been following your blog for a while now. Great stuff! Thanks for all the ideas and recipes. So many things to try out.

webmailaddress2 said... [Reply to comment]

What a fun idea! Happy almost 40! That tray is pretty nifty and such a good deal too.

Nina said... [Reply to comment]

wow! I wonder if I'll be as cool as you when I turn almost 40. Still got a long while to go, but we'll see!

jami said... [Reply to comment]

I love that you're practicing celebrating your birthday in advance! Happy happy! (I'm on the countdown to 40, too, but with a little farther to go - January 2012.)

Kassy said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Almost Birthday! Those cookies look like the perfect way to start off celebrating! Yum :)

Tessa said... [Reply to comment]

Happy pre-birthday. Your cookies look delicious! The perfect size to just pop in your mouth :-)

Panya said... [Reply to comment]

Happy birthday in advance!

lubathome said... [Reply to comment]

What a fun idea! Doesn't get much better than chocolate and peanut butter :)

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

You're too cute. But wait, if 40 is the new 30 then what is 30?? This girl turning 30 wants to know :)

Damaris said... [Reply to comment]

happy happy pre birthday. I've seen you and you look younger than me! I'm not even joking. Anyway 40 is totally the new 30. I wish I was 40. That would mean that my kids would be teenagers and probably potty trained by then.

veronica said... [Reply to comment]

Happy, happy almost birthday! Thanks for sharing it with us. Enjoy it: you're only 39-7/12 once!

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

Woo hoo! Happy almost Birthday!

Love the serving tray, too!

Chavi said... [Reply to comment]

You're as young as you feel. Live it up! And bake more cookies and bundts along the way. Happy pre-birthday!

Angie said... [Reply to comment]

My birthday's in December too, awesome!

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theunappreciatedbaker said... [Reply to comment]

Happy almost birthday - live it up!! Oh and Cadbury chocolate is delicious!

Nikkilooch said... [Reply to comment]

Happy unbirthday to you! These peanut butter chunk cookies look like the perfect way to celebrate.

Bethie said... [Reply to comment]

Oh 40 ain't so bad, try 44!

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Pre-Birthday! Those cookies look like a delicious start to your celebration!
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Mary said... [Reply to comment]

Hooray! Can we celebrate your birthday every month all year?! I don't need to win the gift card, but am excited to start the countdown with you.

Melanie said... [Reply to comment]

The only problem with being 40 is that it is harder to lose those extra cookie pounds. But these cookies look worth it.

shaz said... [Reply to comment]

What an awesome idea to stretch out the celebrations! Those cookies look like the perfect way to kickstart festivities :)

Mrs. G said... [Reply to comment]

Happy pre-birthday!

The Nervous Cook said... [Reply to comment]

I love other people's birthdays! What a great way to celebrate yourself and the people in your blogging community -- bravo!

(Those cookies look delicious -- it's been way too long since I've whipped up a batch of cookies just for the heck of it.)

Beth said... [Reply to comment]

You'll wake up on the morning of your 40th and feel just the same...although I know it's scary now!

pxilated said... [Reply to comment]

Yay for birthdays! =)

The Nifty Foodie said... [Reply to comment]

Happy 39 7/12 birthday!! I totally am craving cookies now. :)

carmen said... [Reply to comment]

Yay for December babies (mine is 12/4 :) )!

noemptychairs said... [Reply to comment]

From someone who will turn 40 just 2 months before you, I feel your pain! Those cookies look like just the thing to get me through! Kelly

Cristine said... [Reply to comment]

Happy 39 7/12! :) The cookies look great!

j bird said... [Reply to comment]

Those cookies look amazing! Happy almost b-day!

Sarah said... [Reply to comment]

happy approaching birthday, from one librarian (still in school) to another! :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Mary, I just turned 40, and I will say that you are doing it in style (much better than I)! Great way to start...with cookies!

Carolyn (triviachick@yahoo.com)

Nikki said... [Reply to comment]

Those look delicious! Can't wait to see what you roll out when the big day arrives. ;)

Shari said... [Reply to comment]

Great idea on the countdown!
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ButterYum said... [Reply to comment]

Well, well, well... have no fear, 40 is near!!! :)

It was an easy transition for me - turning 25 was the hard one. Anyway, I love that you are celebrating your upcoming milestone in such a fun way.

Love your new C&B Tray - I'm headed over there to grab one. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

:)
ButterYum

Mrsblocko said... [Reply to comment]

Those cookies look so perfectly round they look like they weren't even homemade. I just ate breakfast and even though I'm full I want to eat that whole platefull of cookies.

Wait, shouldn't you be making birthday bundts for yourself. You are the grand poohbah shamalama ding dong of bundts!

Happy unbirthday!

Tamara Marnell said... [Reply to comment]

Mmm chocolate chunk cookies. I love them, but I'm too cheap to buy the good-quality chunks, so when I make them I use cheap generic chips and the result is always "meh." Actually, that may be a good thing, otherwise every single one of the cookies on that pretty platter would be in my tummy within an hour of emerging from the oven.

Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

Happy early birthday Mary :) And live it up girl cuz 40 IS the new 30 :)

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

Yay! I think 40 is the new 20!

Margaret said... [Reply to comment]

Happy almost 40th birthday! Thanks for sharing the love.

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Erin said... [Reply to comment]

A very merry unbirthday to YOU! Birthdays are Fun! (Because they come with CAKE!!)

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Sweet Pea Chef said... [Reply to comment]

Happy pre-birthday! The cookies look delicious!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Happy pre-birthday! Can't wait to try your cookie recipe. Looks very delicious!
:D from CA

Liz said... [Reply to comment]

Mary, 40 IS the new 30! 40 is FABULOUS! I just turned 40 in June. Like you, it felt different than turning 30...maybe it's because when I was a kid, I thought 40 was WAY old. Now that I'm here, I'm determined to be the healthiest and sharpest I've been ever. Love the Crate & Barrel serving tray! Thanks for the chance to win the gift card.
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MN2NM said... [Reply to comment]

Yea! What a fun and generous way to celebrate your birthday! Thanks for the chance to be a part of it!

Jess said... [Reply to comment]

40 is totally the new 30! And what a way to celebrate. Yum...especially with those Cadbury dark chocolate chips.

Jeanette said... [Reply to comment]

I just found your blog last week and have been checking it regularly. Happy 39 7/12 day! I turn 30 in a month and if 40 is the new 30 - we are almost the same age!

The cookies and platter look delicious. Yes, the platter too.