Peanut Butter Cookies

I baked these cookies for our friend Elisa’s Italian Meatball night. In retrospect it was risky of me to bake cookies for someone who bakes cookies for a living, but these got the stamp of approval from Elisa, CEO of Hoff and Holmes Baked Goods. They looked pretty with the light sugar coating and cracks, and were soft and cakey. Delicious after a meal of prosciutto, artichoke, olive and red pepper antipasto, and the star of the show, the Italian meatballs and pasta. Thank you Elisa for a fun night!

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup natural creamy peanut butter at room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg at room temperature
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
For coating the cookies: A few extra tablespoon of sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, the salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
With a mixer, beat the butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Add the egg and mix well. Add the milk and the vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly. Stir in the peanut butter and chocolate chips. Place coating sugar on a plate. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls into the sugar, then onto ungreased cookie sheets. Using a fork, lightly indent the cookies with the signature peanut butter criss-cross. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Make sure you do not over-bake the cookies. Cookies may look underdone, but they are not.
Cool the cookies on the sheets for 1 minute, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

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