We are making headway on this puzzle. Little by little, day by day more gets done; and yet we have had moments were we feel like we are getting nowhere. It all made me reflect back to last year when we went on a two night get away to Northeastern Washington and brought this along in case we were looking for something to do in the evening. What made me think we could do a 2,000 piece puzzle of Starry Night in two days is still beyond me.
So here we are almost a year later finally tackling this thing. More than two weeks into it and finally making progress. I will admit I starred at it for a while on my weekend that it made me feel like I was seeing double. Do you blame me? All these tiny shapes with teeny paint brush strokes of the post-impressionist movement will make you dizzy. So if there was anything that what would make evenings of jigsaw puzzle assembly bearable it would be cookies!
Chocolate cookies with chocolate chunks and peanut butter chips in them…In my opinion that combo will make just about anything bearable and have simplicity. I baked up these cookies the other morning and surprised Brian with them when he came home. After dinner (like every other night since we started this puzzle) we sat at the table attempting to piece together the multi shades of lavender and blue. Some are speckled with yellow, brown, and green in complete random that all together it can make your head spin trying to make sense of it all. So you eat a cookie, and then you eat another one. Cookies make the puzzle go by faster and before you know it a little more of the puzzle is put together. Maybe it is the combo of double chocolate and peanut butter chips? I love this combo together. But we are now out of the cookies and the puzzle still needs to be finished. I think I will be making more cookies this week; we might even finish the puzzle.
Double Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips (makes about 4-5 dozen)
8 oz of Butter (softened)
1 cup of Sugar
1 tsp of Vanilla extract
1 Whole Egg
1 Egg yolk
1 oz of Unsweetened Chocolate
2 ¼ cup of All Purpose Flour
½ tsp of Baking soda
½ tsp of Sea salt
¼ cup of Cocoa powder
1 cup of Chocolate chunks
1 cup of Peanut butter chips
First; preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place your 1 oz of unsweetened chocolate on a double boiler and heat until melted and set aside.
Next, In the bowl of your mixer place your butter and sugar and mix it all together until it is well incorporated, fluffy, and light in color. To this add your vanilla and whole egg and mix on low again. Be sure to stop and scrape down the sides to be sure it all mixes together smoothly. Add in the yolk and again be sure to mix it in fully, then mix in your melted chocolate until it is evenly mixed into all of it,.
Than, in a separate bowl whisk together your flour, baking soda, sea salt, and cocoa powder. Add a little bit of this to your butter mixture and stir together. In two more parts add the rest of your flour mixture and stir until it is all well blended.
Finally, fold in your chocolate chunks and peanut butter chips. Place parchment paper on a sheet pan and scoop out your cookie batter leaving a bit of room between each cookie and slightly flatten each scoop before placing in the oven baking until golden on the edges and slightly firm in the center. Let cool before removing from pan and enjoy.
**Note: Cooking time may vary depending on the size of your cookie. I scooped them about 2 tablespoon a piece and baked them for about 8 to 12 minutes each.