You’ve been a fan your entire life. You spread it on bread with a little jelly and voila… instant childhood again. It can be creamy and smooth or chunky and crunchy but one thing is for sure peanut butter has been a staple in the American diet for over 100 years. And Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies have been around almost as long.
So whether or not you are a fan of super chunky or smooth and creamy, peanut butter is not just an ingredient, but rather an ingrained part of American history that is fundamental to our diets.
The average American eats 3 pounds of peanut butter each year. That is enough to cover the floor of the Grand Canyon or roughly 700 million pounds. We eat about 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time we graduate from high school.
But how did it become so popular?
Peanut butter dates back over 3,000 years ago to the Aztecs who mashed roasted peanuts into a paste. It was very different than the processed “butter” that we have today but still a very high protein food.
The origin of modern peanut butter making can be attributed to several people but the one who made it most popular was Dr. John Kellogg. Does that name sound familiar? John Kellogg was a health food pioneer and vegetarian. He tried to develop wholesome food that was easy to digest. His experiment with wheat berries resulted in Kellogg’s toasted corn flakes. The very first breakfast cereal. In 1895 Dr. Kellog patented a process for creating peanut butter and he presented it as a healthy protein substitute to meat. Dr. Kellogg traveled all over the country promoting peanut butter and giving lectures on its health benefits.
Peanut butter is a great source of inexpensive protein that comes with essential vitamins and minerals. Just 2 tablespoons provide 7 grams of protein, 57 grams of magnesium, zinc, niacin, and vitamin B-6. So eating a healthy peanut butter chocolate chip cookie is a reality.
But what makes the absolute best peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies in the world? The kind that melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more. They must have tons of rich peanut buttery flavor but also a great texture when you bit into it.
Organic Peanut Butter
First of all start with the highest quality ingredients you can find. Organic peanut butter is the most important part. Either creamy or crunchy, whichever you prefer. Bart & Judy use organic creamy peanut butter and then add extra ground-up organic peanuts to push the flavor over the edge.
There is no doubt that eating chocolate is a sensual experience. The taste of chocolate melting in your mouth is even better as it produces endorphins that stimulate euphoria. No wonder you feel so amazing after a Bart & Judy’s peanut butter chocolate chunk cookie. Bart & Judy only uses Belgian chocolate that is recognized as the best in the world.
Next comes the butter. There is nothing like the flavor of pure natural butter to lend flavor but also make the cookie light and fluffy. Bart & Judy use butter from Darigold Family Farm in Washington state. Every golden bit of our delicious peanut butter cookies has the highest-quality butter that is Antibiotic-FREE and RSBT-FREE. The dairy even won an award for sustainability. Butter makes everything taste better. It will cover your tongue with a rich mouthfeel and give you the sensation of luxury when you take a bite.
Sugar affects the overall texture and looks of the cookie. The greater amount of brown sugar adds chewiness to the cookie because it has molasses in it. If you want a crisp cookie then use a higher ratio of granulated sugar. Bart & Judy use only organic cane sugar.
Use a Mixer
Creaming together the butter and sugar in a mixer is very important as it incorporates air into the batter. This process will make the cookies light and airy. The rest of the ingredients for amazing peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies are of the highest quality. Bart & Judy only use organic eggs and the best-quality Madagascar vanilla extract.
They also understand the importance of using organic all-purpose flour and Kosher salt. Bart & Judy mix the butter/sugar and the dry ingredients low and slow until they are just barely combined then they add the most amazing quality Belgian semi-sweet chocolate chips.
They scoop the dough to give it ridges on top which also helps the cookie to melt in your mouth when you take a bite.
As soon as the cookie edge is golden brown, Bart & Judy take them out of the over. The carry-over heat will keep cooking them to perfection. These will be your go-to cookies for parties and soccer practice.