Blue Ribbon Winner: Fabin bakes best cookie
Ryan Fabin, 10, son of Dan and Beth Fabin, of Indiana won the Chocolate Cookie/Brownie/Bar Baking Contest with his recipe for Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.
Here is how they are made:
ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1.2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large PA Preferred Hillandale Farms egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons PA-Preferred Galliker’s milk
1 1/4 cups Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, chopped
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
Toss the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
Using a mixer, beat the butter on high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl as needed. On medium speed, beat in the brown sugar, granulated sugar and 1/4 cup peanut butter until combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Turn the mixer on low and slowly beat until a soft dough is formed. Beat in the milk on medium speed. Once mixed, beat in the peanut butter cups until evenly disbursed. The dough will be very thick and sticky. Cover the dough tightly and chill for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Drop 8 rounded balls of dough, about 1 1/2 tablespoons each, onto prepared baking sheets. Bake each batch for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven. Cookies will not have spread much, so gently press down on them with the back of a fork or spoon. Allow to cool on the cookies sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
As cookies are cooling, melt the 1/3 cup of peanut butter. Drizzle over the cookies.
Allow peanut butter to set for 10 minutes. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.