I was craving a brownies too. Like the BEST brownies I have talked about in the past here on this blog. Those are almost all done on the stovetop though, and my daughter was anxious to help. I wanted to come up with a cookie that kind of tasted like a brownie, but with a chocolate chip component. That was my intent..... but then I found some peanut butter chips in my cupboard and that idea went out the window.
So, behold: A brownie-like cookie, bursting with peanut butter chips! I've gotta tweak them a bit to make them chewier, but in the meantime, these will NOT disappoint.
1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (such as Crisco)
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups peanut butter chips
Cream butter and shortening together until light and fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla and continue creaming thoroughly. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until smooth and fluffy.
Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together in a medium sized bowl. Add gradually to creamed mixture. Stir in the peanut butter chips.
Drop by teaspoons onto parchment lined cookie sheets and bake in a 350F oven for approximately 12 minutes. Do not overbake, or they will be too crispy. I like a chewier cookie. When you remove these from the oven, allow the cookies to firm up slightly on the pan before transferring to wire racks to cool. Enjoy!