White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies


I have a complex relationship with Trader Joe’s.

The cheese section makes me swoon, I am slowly working my way through the entire wine section, and their butter is a great deal. I don’t think it’s necessary to discuss the pound plus chocolate bars and how I feel about them.

But I have some issues with their produce and the disgusting amount of packaging it tends to include. Plus, I have a serious problem with the way that products will disappear from the shelves without any warning. Peanut flour, where did you go?

The other day I noticed there was no more organic peanut butter. I figured it had gone the way of peanut flour until my next visit, when it was back, and in GLASS! And then I meandered over to the chocolate section and saw white chocolate chips for the first time in months! I fell in love with Trader Joe’s all over again.

And can you tell I really need to get back to work? I seriously should not consider finding white chocolate chips and deciding which recipe to use them in the most challenging part of my day. I am so excited to use my brain again.

These are particularly good peanut butter cookies. If you bake them for just the right amount of time (before they start to brown on top), they stay nice and soft and just a little bit chewy. I happen to think that white chocolate goes really well with the saltiness of the cookie, but the original recipe called for milk chocolate chunks, so there’s another option.

Recipe:
(adapted from Orangette)

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp salt
2 sticks plus 3.5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups natural salted creamy peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 F and line two cookie sheets with parchment.

Stir the flour, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl and set aside.

Beat the butter and sugars together in a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each one.

Add the peanut butter and vanilla and mix until smooth.

Add the flour mixture and mix on low until dough forms and all traces of flour disappear. Stir in the white chocolate chips.

Scoop up 1/4 cup of dough and shape into a ball. Place on the cookie sheet and do not flatten. Leave a few inches between each cookie. Bake for about 13 minutes, or until the edges are just beginning to brown. Cool on the cookie sheets for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

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6 comments to White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

  • I so know what you mean. I love Trader Joe’s, but there are definitely certain things I buy there (I am so with you on the cheese/butter/chocolate!) and certain things I don’t (their produce is not good quality, at least in my area, and I stay away from the meats/fish generally too). And I had the same reaction to the peanut butter! I actually ended up needing it just between the time when they swapped out their brands, so I was peanut butterless for a time! It’s usually because they switch suppliers when their existing ones want to raise their prices or something. Sometimes their new suppliers aren’t as good. I used to love their chocolate covered raspberry sticks, until they changed them and now they taste like fake food. Bleck! Is it weird I am now smelling peanut butter cookies? Yum!

  • Yes, unfortunately peanut flour met it’s demise. I don’t know WHY because I felt like, at least in the blogosphere, people ADORED IT. I actually LOVE their peanut butter so I’d be super sad if it disappeared. I tend not to buy produce there either, for the same reason. Sometimes apples but they’re not packaged.

    I have a serious white chocolate addiction. And obviously a PB addiction. These need to be made.

  • I skip TJs produce section all together. It’s more expensive than our grocery store! But the dairy selection is unbeatable.

  • i live about an hour away from trader joe’s so i don’t shop there often, but i totally know what you mean. some things are great, and other things…not so much. i love their apples in the fall. at least in my area, they are all from in state orchards.

  • haha I have an unopened pack of TJS peanut flower in my pantry. I should sell it to the highest bidder.

  • Jen

    baking these right now :)

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