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Giant Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

by on February 10, 2012 · 14 comments

Looking for Valentine’s Day ideas, how about chocolate in the form of a gigantic cookie? Like the other Levain copy cats, these are big, fat, and have fudgy soft centers. The ones I tried in New York were very dark and had peanut butter chips and I’ve found this recipe to be very similar — especially when made with a dark Dutch processed cocoa powder. The ones in this picture were made with natural style, and while they were still very good, the Dutch processed ones were even better.

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The other nice thing about this recipe is that it’s perfect for making ahead. Bake the cookies, wrap tightly and freeze. The texture improves!

Giant Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
 
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Giant cookies with peanut butter chips.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) cold, European style butter, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons (10 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups (10.1 ounces) King Arthur Bread Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cups (2 ounces) Hershey’s Dark Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1 cup extra dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Reese’s peanut butter chips
Instructions
  1. If you’re going to bake right away, preheat the oven to 350 F convection or 375F regular.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the cold butter until it is creamy. Add the sugar and continue to beat until it is mixed in. Gradually add the eggs and vanilla and continue beating with the paddle on medium until mixed, scraping sides of bowl once or twice. The coolness from the eggs should make the butter seize up again so the creamy mixture will appear lumpy.
  3. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix in the cocoa. With the mixer on medium-low (or by hand with a heavy duty rubber scraper), gradually add the flour mixture stirring just until mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips peanut butter chips.
  4. Empty the batter onto a large flat surface and make sure all the ingredients are evenly incorporated. Instead of lumping it all together, keep it kind of loose. Divide into 12 raggedy pieces. The dough should be cold before you even put it in the refrigerator, but chilling the dough will help make the cookies taller. I’ve also had good results freezing the dough and baking it from frozen.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. If you are using convection, preheat to 350 F convection.
  6. Arrange cookies (I recommend baking 1 or 2 first to nail down your time) on a chilled, heavy duty cookie sheet. Bake on center rack for 18 minutes at 375 or 15 minutes at 350F convection. Let cool for about 5 minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove and finish cooling on a rack. When cool, you can eat OR you can freeze the cookie and thaw them for a better texture.

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Published on February 10, 2012

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Martha in KS February 10, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Anna, I’ve never seen European butter in the grocery store – frankly I haven’t looked for it. Can I use regular butter instead since I still have 2 lbs. in the freezer from Xmas? I want to make these to take to work on Tuesday. Thanks.

Darlene February 10, 2012 at 9:38 pm

It amazes me that the texture improves after the cookies have been frozen – how convenient!

snooky doodle February 11, 2012 at 12:35 am

delicious. i live in Malta so all i have is European butter, great :)

Anna February 11, 2012 at 7:50 am

Martha, I think regular butter would work too. In all of my experimenting, I found that the European butter made the cookies more round and less likely to spread. So the cookies maybe spread a tiny bit more, but they’ll still be good. You should probably chill the dough thoroughly before baking.

Tracy February 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

Those look delicious! In my house, they probably wouldn’t make it to the freezer.

Louise February 11, 2012 at 9:01 am

Having visited Levains just a couple of days ago, I’ll be making these soon using black cocoa. I love their Chocolate Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies as I think of the centers as fudge. I had my first taste of real Levains just two months ago. Before that I’d only had Copycat Levains. :-) While others love Levains regular giant Chocolate Chip Cookies, I’m not a fan as I just think of the centers as uncooked dough, but I get past that with their Chocolate cookies of both varieties. Maybe it was luck of the draw or because it was early morning, but the cc cookies I had both times never looked like the one in the photo of Rodzilla’s friend, just raw dough. I found love with the Chocolate Chocolate Chip. :-)

d February 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

These look amazing. I’ve tried some of your other Levain copycats and can’t wait to try these. Thanks!

Emily February 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I have to make these! They look amazing! I love Levain cookies,

Julia February 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm

oh, im pretty sure they don’t have peanut butter chips in UK ; (
They look amazing, and I love them already, even without trying them yet!

Bronwen February 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

Just returned from the city and of course I had to check out Levain after reading about their amazing cookies on your blog. They lived up to the hype for me! Yum!!! I’m still nibbling on both of the chocolate varieties that I brought home. Being able to re-create them at home may be very dangerous! :-)

Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie February 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm

My husband would love these! He loves PB&Chocolate. Thanks for the recipe!

Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies February 17, 2012 at 9:37 am

Chocolate and peanut butter are a very popular combination in my family! I may just have to make these! I’ve never used European butter before though. Anything I should know about it?

melissa@the hungry artist February 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm

These look and sound so delicious. I haven’t used European butter before — would Kerrygold work? Everyone raves about their butter.

Anna February 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Hi Melissa,

I’m sure it would.

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