Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter. It’s the stuff dreams are truly made of, especially if you love chocolate and peanut butter like I do. Peanut Butter & Co makes one that blows my skirt up every single time I crack the lid. I’ll eat it on anything – crackers, toast, bagels, cake, waffles, a spoon, or even my finger. (Hi. My name is Jeanne, and I’ve been a peanut butter addict since forever.)
Keep reading all the way to the bottom, people. This is going to get good!
Oh, baby. This is the good stuff. It’s my super-duper favorite. For real.
This week Peanut Butter & Co released a new cookbook titled ‘31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams‘. As a newly minted member of Peanut Butter & Co’s Yum Squad, I was thrilled to receive an advanced copy as well as a 28-ounce jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams to play with. Man, I love these guys. Great company, great products, and always such fun to work with. (Hi, Adam!)
The cookbook is amazing. As I flipped through it, I kept squealing “Oooo! I’ll make that! I’ll make THAT, too!” So many drool-worthy recipes to choose from. I’m seriously thinking of trying the dark chocolate peanut butter flourless cake first. Then maybe the marble pound cake. Or maybe ALL OF THEM.
First, though, I jumped in to make a batch of my new favorite peanut butter cookies. They’re made with coconut oil instead of butter (I know… I know… I love butter, too) but the coconut oil adds great flavor and I love the texture of these. Even better, you can stuff them with Häagen-Dazs Salted Caramel Gelato and BAM! – ice cream sandwiches to die for. Let’s start with the cookies first.
Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter & Coconut Oil Cookies
(Original recipe credit to AverieCooks.com)
3/4 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter
1/2 cup organic coconut oil, softened to room temp
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 jumbo or large egg
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pre-heat your oven to 350F. Make sure your coconut oil is softened to the consistency of softened butter (I had to microwave mine for 12 seconds). It sounds insignificant, but making sure your coconut oil is not too firm or too melted is key to the texture of these cookies. When you’re there, combine the peanut butter and coconut oil and beat for 3-4 minutes with an electric mixer. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the vanilla extract, and beat for 30 seconds more.
Stop the mixer and again scrape down the sides of the bowl. In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch & baking soda and whisk to combine. Add the flour in one batch to the peanut butter mixture, then on LOW speed, mix until flour is starting to incorporate and then turn the speed up to medium and beat just until the flour mixture is well combined and the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. It should look like this:
If the mixture is too dry and crumbles easily, add a little more coconut oil and beat it again. If it seems too sticky and doesn’t easily form into a ball, add more flour – 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time – until your dough is the consistency of a new can of Play Dough. When it’s ready, grab a medium ice cream or cookie scoop and your baking sheets. I recommend using silicone baking mats for most baking projects. They guarantee your hard work won’t stick to the pan, causing violent bouts of cursing or childish hissy fits (or so I’ve heard).
That, my friends, is a perfect scoop. To get it, I simply drag the scoop through the dough then scrape it up the side of the bowl as I remove it. See how the dough presses perfectly into the scoop? That’s when you know it’s the right consistency. Scoop onto lined baking sheets, 2″ apart so you can press them.
Note: if you don’t want to press these cookies flat for ice cream sandwiches, you can leave them like they appear in the above photo. They will take 2-3 minutes longer to bake, but result in a thicker, brownie-like cookie. For ice cream sandwiches, I pressed them with the bottom of an old glass candy dish.
I love the pattern this makes in the cookies. If you don’t have a fancy cookie press, I highly recommend flipping over old decorative bowls or glasses. If there’s a great pattern in the bottom, it can be used as a cookie press. Be adventurous and try it!
Bake at 350F for 9-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool completely before removing them from the pans. Because I was making ice cream sandwiches with mine, I let the cookies cool completely on the pan, then popped the entire pan in the freezer to make sure they were super cold.
For ice cream sandwiches:
Grab a pint of your favorite ice cream or gelato and let it sit out on the counter until it starts to get nice and soft (about 5 mins). I happened to have a pint of Häagen-Dazs Salted Caramel Gelato in my freezer (lucky girl!), but Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia or Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz, or any flavor you love will work.
Using the same scoop I used for the cookie dough, I placed a row of cookies ‘bottoms up’ on my tray, then placed a scoop of softened gelato in the center of each. With a flat metal spatula, aka pancake flipper, I flattened each scoop of gelato into a smooth, even layer.
Top with a second cookie and immediately wrap in plastic wrap. Pop them back into the freezer for at least 2-3 hours, or until they are frozen solid. To eat, just unwrap and dig in. If you plan to nibble them one at a time, place the wrapped ice cream sandwiches into an airtight container with a tight-fitting lid. They should keep for at least 4 weeks in your freezer. This recipe makes 16 individual cookies approximately 3″ in diameter, or 8 ice cream sandwiches.
Of course, you can also use a small cookie scoop and make these more bite-size for portion control. Or you can double the recipe and keep the baked cookies in the freezer in an air-tight container so you can enjoy them plain or build ice cream sandwiches on demand. Or just eat the cookies and wash them down with a glass of milk. That works, too. But I recommend the ice cream sandwiches. Because more is more, or something like that.
Now for the best part of this post – Peanut Butter & Co has generously offered to ship a copy of ’31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams’ and a 28-ounce jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter to one lucky reader. To participate, simply leave a comment. It could be “I love peanut butter!” or “Peanut Butter & Co is awesome!” or even “I’m a cookbook hoarder.” One reader will be chosen at random, and Peanut Butter & Co will ship this tasty prize pack directly to their door. The deadline for this drawing is Friday, February 7th at 12:00 midnight, Central Standard Time, so jump on it now. Right now! What are you waiting for?!
If you don’t win or can’t wait to get your hands on the cookbook, you can purchase it online by clicking HERE, along with other Peanut Butter & Co goodies and peanut butter products. The Cinnamon Raisin Swirl blows my mind and Mighty Maple is both creamy and dreamy.
Disclaimer: This is not a paid post. Peanut Butter & Co sent me an advanced copy of the cookbook and a jar of peanut butter to play with, as stated above. I am a member of their Yum Squad, which is also unpaid. Put simply, I love their products, and they have occasionally sent me peanut butter to experiment with. For example, check out my ‘The Heat is On’ Spicy Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies made with their spicy chili-laced peanut butter. As always, all opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way by the company. I just love the quality of their stuff, and enjoy sharing that joy with you.
UPDATE: Congratulations to Linda (comment #4), winner of the Peanut Butter & Co prize pack giveaway. Thanks to all who participated, and high five to Linda. You’re going to love the cookbook AND the peanut butter! -jeanne
52 responses to “31 Days of Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter? Let’s make that 32.”
Im glad you like my cookie recipe!
Like it? We love it! They’re always gone in a flash. Thanks, Averie!
Oh NaNa Bread……I want some Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter too!
I love that PB! I need to try the white chocolate one, too.
Chocolate with peanut butter? Now that is a perfect marriage! Love your posts Jeanne.
You ARE making these for March, right?!?
Well I COULD, but I can’t get Mom’s coffee shortbread cookies out of my mind since you asked for the recipe. I may have to make both.
Yes, you should bring both! What an excellent idea!
So pretty! I love the idea of using unique things as cookie presses. I also am totally addicted to baking w coconut oil. I’m not surprised you love these w it!
So since the kidlets can’t eat peanut butter, I’m thinking of making a batch of these for me. Alone. I’m feeling a little selfish and I think I like it! Thanks for the inspiration :D
It’s okay to be selfish sometimes, Liz.
I’m not sharing my ice cream sandwiches, either.
I’m already a HUGE fan of Peanut Butter & Co – both the white chocolate AND the dark chocolate PBs, especially. I would LOVE to have a copy of this cookbook!!
As an aside – I would NEVER have thought to use the pretty cut crystal/glass bottom of a candy dish as a press. You are a cookie genius, Jeanne!
I <3 Love <3 your cookie press! Clever. I will have to check my bowls tomorrow.
Oh. My. You have all of my favorite things in one place – Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Caramel. Pinning, for sure! And they are so pretty, too!
Thank you, Amy!
I look into my crystal ball and ah, yes, I can very clearly see how Peanut Butter & Co are ready to take on Europe. They plan to start out small by sending a single jar and cookbook to a peanut butter-and-chocoholic in The Netherlands. I’m preheating my oven as we speak… ;-)
Okay, SmartyPants. (:
Methinks I need a new crystal ball…
Methinks you’re hilarious…
This looks like the World’s best ice cream sandwich…I love Dark Chocolate Dreams! And White Chocolate Wonderful! And Mighty Maple! And and. . .
Oh. My. Goodness. I must admit that a certain someone who is special to both of us shared a taste of this with me this weekend. And then I died and went to heaven… ‘Nuff said!
Ooo… so you got to try a cookie! Excellent. Way to share, Kaki.
I´d love this cookbook! I have just met a guy who loves cooking as much as I and we could enjoy this book together:D
I couldn’t decide which comment because they are all so true!!
Peanut Butter & Co is awesome!
I love their White Chocolate Peanut Butter!
I live for baking and dark chocolate so this looks amazing. Also, the 7th is my birthday, so this cookbook would be the perfect gift!
Happy early birthday, Ashley! -j
Really want to try this recipe, with my homemade ice cream!
Ooo… what kind of homemade ice cream, Karen? Do tell! -j
I have a recipe I found online for salted caramel ice cream that is excellent!
I would love to win this for my hubby!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love the shape of cookies.
peanut butter is my jam!
I’m going to try and make this, aaaaugh!
I love peanut butter!
I would love to try some of the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter!
These look delicious and gorgeous! Can’t wait to try the recipe at home. Thanks for sharing.
I love peanut butter!
Your cookies look delicious! Even tho it is freezing cold here, you have me wanting one of your ice cream sandwiches.
Ooo those cookie sammies look divine! I’ve never had dark choco pb, but I’m sure I would have no problem gobbling a jar of it up…probably with a spoon.
I love Peanut Butter & Co peanut butter! When visitors catch sight of the 20+ jar assorted stash in my pantry, I always feel compelled to insist that I am NOT a hoarder! LOL.
Wow! The most jars of Peanut Butter & Co I’ve had in my pantry at one time was eight, and my family threatened to stage an intervention. -j
This looks great! Thanks for the giveaway.
This is my favorite peanut butter!
Peanut Butter & Co is awesome! I love making cookies with the different varieties of peanut butter
I am a peanut butter addict. I am also a chocolate addict. I NEED THESE THINGS IN MY LIFE. Def my fav from Peanut Butter Co. :) Love it!
Those cookies look delicious, I love peanut butter, I neeed this book!
I hope I win… I LOVE peanut butter!
Neat recipe, I’d like to try and veganize it!!
just sent my husband on a dark chocolate dreams hunt before we got snowed in, love it!
Dark chocolate dreams is amazing!
These cookies look so good. I love pb & co peanut butter. Especially their cinnamon raisin!