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On Thursday evening the boyfriend requested a “sweet snack” for the Cavs game. Since it was getting late, he had two options; brownies or cookies. He opted for cookies, so I debated a few recipes then settled on one for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. I rolled up my sleeves and headed into the kitchen at 8:00 PM. This recipe is easy, so he did not catch too much flack for the late night request. After I combined my dry ingredients, I opened the refrigerator door to grab the butter and realized that I had not one stick of butter. I did have a total of 4 tablespoons in random chunks, but that was not close to the amount I needed. Which leads me to the question, how the hell can someone with a baking blog run out of butter? I will tell you how…it’s because the boyfriend is always on my case about buying too much butter, sugar, flour, etc. So I have made an effort to streamline my stash in an attempt to clear out some space in the pantry and fridge. Apparently this attempt backfired and left me butterless. Luckily I had exactly the amount of butter flavored Crisco in my cupboard to complete to recipe. I finished measuring and mixing and used 1 TBS scoop to form the cookies. Well the finished products were comically shaped cookie balls. For the rest of the batches I flattened the top after scooping the dough onto my Silpat. This alleviated the cookie ball conundrum and the rest resulted in normal looking cookies…that were also quite tasty!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: 30 cookies
Adapted from allrecipes

1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter (I used creamy, but chunky would be amazing!)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the peanut butter, vanilla and egg until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the batter just until moistened. Mix in the oats and chocolate chips until evenly distributed. Drop by tablespoonfuls on to lightly greased cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges start to brown. Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Note: The original recipe is linked above and does call for butter…I am sure these are equally as delicious if not more so with butta!

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  1. Ingrid says:

    So far my honey hasn’t complained…I guess he figures its a cheaper bad habit than others I could have! :)

    What did he say when you told him you, a baker and food blogger ran out of butter? Better yet what did he say when you told him he was almost cookieless?

  2. pinkstripes says:

    Those cookies look so good. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lindsey says:

    Oh, those look SOOOO good!

  4. Clumbsy Cookie says:

    If it makes you feel better I ran out of sugar the other day… Godd thing I always have brown sugar as well, so I went with that. The cookies turned out perfect anyway!

  5. Donna-FFW says:

    Absolutely delicious cookie, two fantastic flavor, pb and chocolate in one, yum!

  6. Elyse says:

    My boyfriend does the same thing! Whenever we’re in the grocery and I put like 5 4-packs of butter and 5-lb bags of sugar and flour into the cart, he looks at me like I’m crazy! Well, if the boyfriends are going to request sweets, then I think they shouldn’t give us flack for getting all of our ingredients in “mass” quantities :) These cookies look awesome! I love the type of cookie that can come together easily at 8pm. Always great to sate my sweet craving!

  7. Leslie says:

    LOL…when I was making my grocery list last weekend, I looked in the fridge and said OMG I am almost out of butter. My husband said, you have a whole pound of butter left. I said, EXACTLY, I am almost out of butter!!!lol

  8. Risa says:

    These cookies look great! The exact same thing has happened to be before with butter, sugar, eggs, flour, etc. Lucky for me I live right down the street from a little market. Numerous times I have had to leave my baking half way though to get something at the market.

  9. Katrina says:

    It’s so fun when you can make a recipe work with what you have and it actually turns out GOOD! The cookies look awesome!