Travis's Favorite Cookie Recipe | Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip

In honor of our anniversary yesterday I thought I would share my recipe for Travis's favorite cookie, chocolate and peanut butter chip. 

When Travis and I first started dating he proudly proclaimed that he did not really like sweets or baked goods. What?!? How is this relationship ever going to work out??

I brushed his comment aside and continued to bake and began to use Travis as my recipe taster, because he loved me and would try anything I made just to make me happy, awww. And then overtime a miracle happened! Magically,Travis's mindset changed and he began to frequently ask when I was going to be baking something next. Selfishly, I like to give myself all of the credit for this.

Travis's favorite flavor combination is chocolate/peanut butter and his favorite baked item is a cookie. I have made batches and batches of cookies and after combining and tweeking  many recipes, I have finally came up with Travis's favorite cookie, chocolate and peanut butter chip. These are exactly everything that a cookie should be; soft and chewy with a thick golden crumb and the perfect ratio of chips to dough.

These cookies speak many languages.

They can say, "I love you."

"I'm sorry."

"Tomorrow will be a better day"


Or maybe just, "I want a damn cookie."

I hope you all enjoy these as much as Travis does! What is your favorite cookie?

Travis's Favorite Cookie | Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip

Yield: 2 Dozen

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. shortening
3/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. white sugar
2 eggs.
1 tbsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 1/2 c. flour
1 c. peanut butter chips
1 c. semi sweet chocolate chips

Cream together butter, shortening and sugars, beating on medium to high speed for 3 minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla on medium speed. Sift together dry ingredients in a separate bowl. On low speed slowly mix in 1/2 cup of the dry ingredient mixture at a time, being careful to not over mix. Lastly, slowly mix in chips until they are just incorporated in the dough. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. Cover with saran wrap and chill for an hour in the fridge or 30 minutes in the freezer.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Scoop approximately two tablespoons of dough out onto the cookie sheet (3 cookies x 4 cookies). Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown, the very middle should look a tiny under cooked. Remove from oven and immediately place cookies on a cooling rack. Repeat with remaining dough. Enjoy!

The butter and shortening combo create the right texture for the cookie.
Do not substitute one for the other. 
Whenever making cookies make sure to always properly
cream your fats and sugars together.
Farm fresh eggs are the best eggs.
Travis agreed to be my hand model for this recipe since these are HIS cookies after all. 
Make sure your baking soda is fresh or it won't properly do its magic!
I have a thing for cute measuring spoons.
In case you are needing a gift idea for me... 
Slowly add in your dry ingredients so they do not explode everywhere! 
Gently mix in the chocolate and peanut butter chips.
You should probably try the dough to make sure it is good...just in case.
Side note- has anyone actually ever REALLY gotten sick from eating
cookie dough out the mixer?
Go ahead and preheat your oven while your cookies are chillaxin'.

Scoop them out onto your sheet.
Buy an ice cream scoop for scooping out cookies if you haven't already done so. 

Transfer to a cooling rack as soon as you take them out of the oven.
Let cool and try to not eat more than just one!

Easter Brunch Inspiration and Free Printable

Happy Palm Sunday! Easter is just a week away and I am sure you are all busy making/finalizing Easter Sunday plans. Growing up we usually had Easter brunch after going to mass instead of a "dinner." Sometimes we would go out to a special restaurant or sometimes it would be at home. I remember one Easter when we got home from church and I was so excited to finish looking in my Easter basket. Once we got inside the house, I ran over to my Easter basket (which I had laid in the sun), only to discover that my entire chocolate Easter bunny had melted and all that remained were two, tiny, hard candy eyes. My mom tried to get me another one from the store but it just wasn't the same. Life is traumatic when you are six. 

That story was the inspiration behind my Easter Brunch this year. Instead of doing place cards  I used tiny chocolate Easter bunnies and wrote each person's initials on them with food gel. Make sure to keep them in the fridge if they are going to sit out more than a couple hours, so you and your guests do not experience the same trauma I did. Since white is the color of Easter I used off-white dinnerware and white, tatted doilies as place mats. Tulips scream Spring and Easter so I placed several stems of them in small, mismatched, glass vases. Easy, quick and simple. Scroll to the bottom for your free Easter Menu printable!

Click here to download your FREE Easter Menu Printable. It is in black and white and the menu categories are left blank. Feel free to color in the menu using the medium of your choice once it is printed or leave as is. Please only use for your personal use and remember to tag #katiemichelledesigns so I can see your Easter meal! Have a Happy Easter!