We didn't really live in a neighborhood. I grew up in a pretty rural setting, where each house requires a 2 acre tract per township regulations. The smell of manure is fairly regularly part of the surroundings. Our nearest neighbors all had daughters, so we did enjoy summers together. When I was in 2nd grade, our next door neighbors installed a beautiful pool. I remember fondly eating jello pudding pops, underwater tea parties, and water routines set to 80's dance music. I also remember eating these cookies while we were taking a break from swimming [and playing Tetris].
It was a pretty charmed childhood.
Maybe that's why I have no willpower with these cookies - good times, good memories. Or, these cookies are just really tasty. Peanut butter chips, a chocolate cookie batter - is there anything better?
Reese's Chewy Chocolate Cookies (courtesy of the Reese's peanut butter chips package)
2 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups softened butter (I use half shortening, half butter)
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
10 oz package peanut butter chips
1. Cream softened butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla extract.
2. Add dry ingredients. Stir in peanut butter chips. Refrigerate batter for at least two hours.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes.