Nanjing Cooking Club

We had the second meeting of the Nanjing Cooking Club this Sunday. Last meeting, we tackled dumplings. This meeting, we went for more Western Fair: pumpkin muffins and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

Both recipes have been (liberally) adapted from the Cooking Light website. Here’s the recipe for the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. It’s actually a million recipes in one, depending upon how careful you are with the measurements: too little or too much flour can take the cookie from thick and cake like to thin and crunchy – but always yummy!

For those without ovens, these can also be made in a toaster oven or with the microwave on the grill (convection) setting, but they must be small, the size of a silver dollar; otherwise, the edges will burn while the middles are gooey.

Laura’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Very sensitive to the amount of flour, and how you measure it – the cookies vary from thin and chewy to thick and cake-like. But always yummy.

Do not half. Doubling is ok.

• ½ cup granulated sugar
• ½ cup packed brown sugar
• ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
• 2 Tablespoons water
• 2 Tablespoons canola oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 large egg
• 1 1/3 cup flour (6 oz by weight)
• ½ teaspoon baking powder
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 2 packages mini chocolate bars, chopped up into chips. About 2/3 cup.
1. Mix together sugars, peanut butter, water, oil, vanilla, and egg.
2. In separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt thoroughly.
3. Combine dry and wet ingredients. Stir just until combined.
4. Add chocolate chips.
5. Spoon 1 Tablespoon of batter for each cookie on tin foil or parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees F/ 177 degrees Celsius for 10-12 minutes, or until golden. Remove from hot pan by lifting tin foil off the baking surface and placing on table.

For those without measuring cups, 1 cup is equal to 16 Tablespoons and 1 Tablespoon is 3 teaspoons. In metric units, 1 cup is about 237 ml, and a teaspoon is about 5 ml.

Hope yours are as yummy as ours!

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