Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt {the best way to say thank you}

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Southern Hospitality is real.

I recently returned from a four day business trip to Dallas to visit my client and I had a blast!  This trip was just what I needed to remind myself that making friends isn’t this difficult everywhere and there really is more to life than just sitting in traffic on I-95 every day, going to whole foods solely out of boredom and spending hours at the gym because I have nothing else planned (and I want a killer beach bod, duhhh!)

I spent several days last week working hard and spending much needed face time with the awesome people I email back and forth with and talk to on the phone every day. I had some great meals, especially the last night when a group of us went out for happy hour and then to this awesome Tex-Mex restaurant called Blue Goose Cantina. I had steak fajitas which were delicious! I think the best part of the dinner, aside from eating everyone else’s food and tons and tons of laughter, was the free dessert we got (hey the waitress asked if it was someone’s Birthday and how could we say no to that?!) Mini-Sopapillas (similar to Churros) served with honey and topped with whipped Cream and cinnamon Sugar. Holy cow…you have no idea how good this was. I meant to take a picture of it by itself but only got as far as the group picture. And quite frankly after this group picture we devoured it. All of it.

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After a week of hard work and tons of laughs, I’m home and find myself missing the southern hospitality. Sometimes I forget how easy it really is, or  how little effort it should be to make friends. And how far a simple smile exchange or small talk with a stranger can take you.

So I decided to bake cookies to say thank you to my Dallas friends for making me feel so warm and welcome. And what a better way to say thank you than to send a batch of freshly baked cookies with chunks of gooey dark chocolate and peanut butter topped with sea salt for the perfect bite of sweet and salty and melty chocolate goodness. And the best part, this is actually a normal cookie recipe and I didn’t even attempt to substitute applesauce for butter! Woohooo!

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt {the best way to say thank you}

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Ingredients:

  • 1  cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup creamy all natural peanut butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 packets stevia
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped dark chocolate  (I used 3 bars of Theo 85% dark chocolate from whole foods) or you can just use chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

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Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl combine the softened butter, coconut oil and peanut butter and mix together until completely blended and there are no chunks of butter. Add the brown sugar and stevia and mix until smooth. Next, beat in the eggs, syrup and vanilla.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to wet and mix well, careful to not over mix.
  4. Chop 3 chocolate bars into small pieces or add 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips to batter. Gently fold chocolate into batter.
  5. Chill dough in freezer for 20 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Roll dough into approximately 1-inch balls and place onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until cookies begin to turn a tiny golden brown and crisp up around the edges. If you like your cookies a little more well-done, keep in for about 10-11 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle cookies with sea salt. Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing. Repeat with remaining dough. Makes two dozen cookies.
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