The Best Chocolate Chunk Nut Cookies

Do you know what I like more than these cookies and a glass of milk?

These bad boys are my absolute favourites. Gloriously indulgent, the perfect hit of chocolate with a crumbly nut and slightly squidgy texture. Yum!

When I finished university, after my exams were done and dusted I spent about a month with my best friends from uni before we all moved out, enjoying our final few weeks together. With a mutual love for all things sweet, and with my obsession with baking, we spent our weeks reminiscing about the three best years of our lives, the people we had met and what may happen in the future. We spent our time out with other friends, ticking off our to-do lists and at spinning classes. As well as this healthy ending we indulged in delicious foods and caught up with loved ones over baked goodies and coffee. With all the free time, I found myself playing with tonnes of cookie recipes. These cookies were born out of procrastination, a love of baking and a common big love for cookies and a cuppa.

Now these cookies aren’t the prettiest but they are outrageously good, indulgent and naughty and perfectly peanutty. They’re simple
to make and even easier to eat. I’m slightly obsessed with making them and came across
this post just now, months after I wrote and photographed it for you guys!
Going to have to whip up a batch now aren’t I?!
Lifestyle Enthusiast - Chocolate chunk cookies straight out of oven
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter (don’t bother with natural or homemade peanut butter in this recipe as they won’t be the right sweetness or consistency!)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened natural
    cocoa powder
  • 1 level teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ cup milk or dark chocolate chips/chunks (feel free to break up an Easter egg if you want to!)
Lifestyle Enthusiast - Dark Muscovado Sugar and Crunchy Peanut Butter
 Lifestyle Enthusiast - Cadbury Bournville Cocoa
What to do:
In a large bowl (in typical student fashion I improvised with a large saucepan), cream together the peanut butter, beaten egg and brown sugar until it’s really combined and the sugar is no longer grainy. With an electric paddle mixer it takes about 5-6 minutes, if you are doing this by hand without an electric mixer about 10-12 minutes is better.
Lifestyle Enthusiast - Creaming together peanut butter, egg and sugar
 Add the cocoa powder and baking powder and beat these in till all combined (Don’t over mix these)
Lifestyle Enthusiast - Cookie mix
Now add in the chocolate chips or chunks and give it a final good stir to distribute these evenly through.
Lifestyle Enthusiast - adding in chocolate chunks to the mix
Lifestyle Enthusiast - Chocolatey Goodness
It should look pretty fudgey.
Lifestyle Enthusiast - Fudgey and Gooey Cookie Mix
Cover your bowl/pan with Clingfilm or foil and refrigerate for at least one hour (or up to 3 days!) Once your cookie dough is good and real cold, preheat your oven to 180 degrees, (170
degrees for a fan assisted oven) and line a baking sheet with baking paper. Roll the cookie dough into mounds about the size of golf balls, or use an ice-cream scoop. Place them on your baking sheet, leaving 2 inch spaces for them to spread a bit.
Make a criss-cross pattern with a fork (this flattens them slightly and helps with even cooking as well as looking pretty)
 Lifestyle Enthusiast - Moments before they bake in the oven
Lifestyle Enthusiast - Best cookie recipe - before baking
Bake in the oven for 7-9 minutes. They should remain dark but soft with their edges looking set and tops are barely set, even if slightly underbaked in the centre. They will continue to firm up as they cool out of the oven.
Allow them to cool for about 10-15 minutes on the sheet.
Lifestyle Enthusiast - Best cookie recipe - still hot
Lifestyle Enthusiast - Best cookie recipe - cooling on sheet
There you have it! Serve with a steaming mug of coffee or a frosty glass of milk. So good that I may have to make a batch of these bad boys right away. Let me know what you think if you try them!