Monday, August 22, 2011

The *Best* Back-to-School Cookies

 
Don't turn me in to the Parenting Police.  I know I should be giving kiddo apple slices (organic), cheese (but not too much), and crackers (whole-grain) for an after-school snack, but I give him cookies instead.

Before school started this week, I asked him what kind of cookies he wanted...for snacks and for his lunchbox.  He said "Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip" and my heart did a little leap!  I knew exactly which cookies I would make...
 
Jessica's Puffy Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips
{You know Jessica from How Sweet It Is, right?  Right??!?  Oh, if you don't, are you EVER in for a treat.  Pop over, go ahead, just come back in a few hours.}


So, the recipe starts with meting butter and peanut butter together.  I mean, how can it NOT be good?!?


You mix it all up and add chocolate chips.


Then you eat as much as the raw dough as you can without making yourself sick.


I mean, you scoop it onto a cookie sheet.  Yeah, that's it.

And then, you pack a few extra in your kid's lunchbox so he can share.   And, you are a bad mom and give him a few more as an after-school snack.  And, you hope those cookies convince him to tell you about every second and every detail of school....because you want to know EVERYTHING.  (Or is that just me?)

Anyway...these cookies?  You need them.  They are quite possibly the best first-week-of-school cookies EVER.  Promise. 

Thank you, Jessica!  (The recipe? It's right here.)


58 comments:

  1. Oh how I wish I was these cookies were my breakfast!

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  2. I wish that I was going back to school just so I could come have an afternoon snack at your house!

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  3. Oh that Jessica! And you- well I hope kiddo tells you every last detail of middle school...I can't imagine sending my baby boys off to MIDDLE school! Have a great week! :)

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  4. I think I will reach into my screen and grab those cookies!

    WOW they look FABULOUS Bridget!!

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  5. gorgeous!! could you make some for my kiddos too?

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  6. I had this recipe in my binder for weeks, just waiting to try it out, and two days ago we did.

    Oh my goodness are these incredible! I usually have a difficult time getting any chocolate chip style cookie to turn out fluffy, but these baked up perfect.

    I would definitely double the recipe if you want any for yourself!

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  7. I am suddenly in desperate need of a cookie. Those look fantastic!

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  8. These look (and sound) fantastic!! And your pictures are just stunning Bridget!!!

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  9. those look like the perfect cookie! I hope they worked andthey made him give you every detail of his school day :)

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  10. Yummy!! We started school today and I am making these for my kids this afternoon - they will be so happy and surprised!!

    I featured them on my FB page :)

    xoxoxoxo
    Jen

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  11. Delicious..My daughter loves snickerdoodles!

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  12. Awesome! What a great mom you are. :) I love both your blog and Jessica's, so it was a treat to see this mash-up post!

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  13. Ooooh they look delish! I may head straight home and make some for this back to work week :)

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  14. Healthy after-school snacks are great, but cookies are better. I grew up with homeade cake or cookies after school from time to time and turned out just fine:-)

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  15. Ooooh! I want to make my husband back-to-school cookies (even though he's in his 3rd year as a PhD student I know back-to-school cookies still make him smile--who says they're just for kids??) and these look perfect!

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  16. Oh my, my eyes widened when I saw the peanut butter! YUMMY!

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  17. I know what I'm doing this afternoon! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I think this is going to be my new favorite cookie. I am going to make them as treat to myself after I lose 4 more pounds, so that I can eat these and gain the 4 pounds back! :)

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  19. Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are my absolute FAVORITE cookies! Love Jessica's blog :)

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  20. those look really good! Great after-school snack.

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  21. I love that you wrote "I asked him what kind of cookies I wanted" instead of "what kind of cookies HE wanted." Funny Freudian slip!

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  22. I think those look delicious enough to go make right now. As for the "police"...personally, I'm getting dang tired of all the people out there telling everyone else what they must do, must not buy, must drive, must eat. Leave us alone, thank you and let me raise my family as we see fit. Ok, down off the soap box and heading for the kitchen!

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  23. Bridget...my mouth is watering just looking at these! YUM YUM!!!! Can't wait to try the recipe!!! As for homemade cookies as a snack.....it happens quite frequently at our house. Sometimes kids just need to be kids....they have the rest of their lives to worry about whole grains and low calorie...right?:)

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  24. these are now on my "to bake" list…super yum!

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  25. we start school in the morning, this seems like a great afternoon snack. Peanut butter is protein, RIGHT!!

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  26. Jessica/How Sweet It Is is amazzingg. Love her. I just made her Cupcakes for Two --http://countingmycupcakes.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-many-vanilla-coconut-cupcakes-do.html

    Not that I needed a second opinion with these cookies, but now that you say so too, I will just have to make them next :)

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  27. And because THIS mamma also wants to know EVERYTHING! I think I will also be making a few batches of these. ;) Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I think cookies are the perfect after school treat :) There's plenty of other room in the day for the healthy stuff.

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  29. Ohhhhh, yummy! These look so good Bridget! Your photography is stunning btw.

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  30. I think you won mom of the week for sure :-)

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  31. Love your blog. Love your humor. And, I think that good moms definitely pack cookies for lunch and then give them again for an after school snack!

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  32. I'll definately make these for an after school snack. Most school are nut free in Ontario, so I can't put them in my sons lunch box, that's OK more for me! They look awesome.

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  33. This is the type of snack my kids get too! Apples and cheese and whole grain crackers are overrated! Love this combination of peanut butter and chocolate chips. These will be a must try!

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  34. Your cookies flattened out a little more than the original ones seemed to. What did you do different? I like for cookies to flatten out and not remain domed. Thanks! They look yummy!

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  35. Love everything about this post. And that little milk jug...too cute Bridget and of course you have polka-dot straws!!

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  36. i think those also sound like fabulous "emily is stressed out and needs to eat her feelings" cookies, too!

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  37. So Delicious!!!! I want to go back to school, just to have these.... Lovely Pictures..

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  38. These look delicious!! My little one would love these!!

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  39. Oh these look so tasty! Love love love peanut butter cookies and they can only get better with the addition of chocolate! I know we are supposed to do the fruit or protein snacks....but sometimes it is nice to be the hero mom and swoop in with the ultimate cookie for a change!!

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  40. These cookies look absolutely perfect. Yum!

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  41. I second MomStarr's comment, did you do something different? And are they still soft-ish? I like my cookies more flat and kind of chewy. I have been wanting to make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for a few weeks now and these look perfect!

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  42. Momstarr and Alicia...I *did* mess up and add the eggs with the butter and sugar instead of after. Yes, mine were flatter...and not as pretty as Jessica's, but they were still soft and oh, so delicious! :)

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  43. Oh my goodness! This makes me want to run home and be a bad mom too! =) I'll be making these for my son (who just started his first day of kindergarten!) this week. I'm certain there won't be any left over... Thank you!

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  44. I am going to have fun making these with my kids. Thanks

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  45. Thank you very much for a fun & easy recipe. I can't wait to try it.

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  46. These look so fab, I just want to reach into my computer and grab one. They're in there, right? If I could just find a way . . .

    All right, I might have to make them myself. Thanks for the fabulous pics, and I'm hopping over to Jessica's site, now.

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  47. Back to school sounds great with cookies like this

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  48. We have a cookies-for-the-first-day-of-school tradition at our house. Chocolate chips are a must!

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  49. Umm, I think I need to make these. RIGHT NOW! :)

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  50. I would love to dip one on some milk right now! Yummy! Need to try these as soon as possible! :D

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  51. Mine were very very tasty. But so sweet, I could only eat one. Not that that's a bad thing. Just a warning label on the cookie jar tonight!

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  52. I made these today and they are delicious! It's going to be hard to share them like I intended! Dianne

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  53. Yum this recipe looks scrumptious! Where did you get that adorable glass milk jug? It's so cute!

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  54. I've been dreaming about PB cookies with chocolate! Can't wait to get home and bake these! Thanks for posting!

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