#Secret Recipe Club: Slightly chewy, old-fashioned peanut butter cookies, with chocolate chips.

peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, old fashioned

This is my first month to post with the Secret Recipe Club, and I’m really excited. But there was a little bump in the road on my way to this post.

I came home one evening a couple of weeks ago, checked email and Facebook before heading to bed (please tell me I’m not the only person here who does that), and noticed a cascade of emails from the SRC group chirping about their posts that had just gone up. I felt a burst of panic. Oh God, I thought. Was my post due tonight?

I hadn’t even bought the ingredients yet. How could I have gotten the date wrong? The blog I had been assigned, Turnips 2 Tangerines written by Lynn, wasn’t going to be highlighted the following morning along with everyone else’s. There are rules around this, and I was sure I would be kicked out of the Club before I had even started. I felt horrible.

My husband, whose marriage survival skills immediately kicked in, didn’t tell me I was over-reacting, or point out it was just blogging. Instead, he generously offered to run to the local 7-11 store to pick up ingredients. I glanced at my watch. Ten minutes to midnight. It’s the 7-11 store, not the 7-12 store. I had to work with what I already had.

Could I find a recipe, make it, photograph it, write it up, and sneak the post in before 3am (6am on the east coast)? I didn’t think so. So I sent my SRC leader an email explaining how badly I had messed up. Well, I actually sent her three. I know, I know. An over-reaction.

It wasn’t until an hour or two later that I suddenly remembered that different groups have different posting dates. My group is D, not due for another two weeks. Big. Huge. Relief. I wrote a fourth email to my SRC leader saying, essentially, ‘um…never mind :-/’. But in my fatigued state, never hit ‘send’. The next morning, of course she said no worries. And of course I responded oh thank goodness. But I felt pretty stupid for not being able to follow a simple calendar, and for hitting the drama note before I had even left the gate. A rough start.

I made Lynn’s Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies the next day.  I’d had my eye on them along with her Tortellini Lentil Soup and Maple Baked Beans. But let’s face it, by then I desperately needed cookies. I made some adjustments for baking these at 7000 feet above sea level, and added some chocolate chips. For making these at sea level, just go to Lynn’s original recipe on Turnips 2 Tangerines.They were just the ticket to feeling better, and if I hadn’t had to share them with my husband, I would have eaten every single one. They have just the right combination of chewiness and crumble, and are so easy to make.

Best of all, I found you can make them with ingredients you probably have hanging around your kitchen, even if you want to make them at midnight and the stores are all closed.


Mountain Baking: Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

     by Susan Pridmore

     Makes approximately 40 cookies

       Prep Time: 20 minutes

       Cook Time: 12 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups (5.6 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (or make your own!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375˚F convection, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.

Stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl using a whisk. It’s important to evenly distribute the baking soda as much as possible through the flour.

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter for a couple of minutes until light and fluffy.

Add peanut butter and sugars, and beat again until fluffy.

Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and beat well.

Remove the bowl from the standing mixer and add the dry ingredients in thirds, folding them into the dough with a spatula. Each third should be fairly well combined before adding the next third. This method helps prevent the gluten in the flour from developing too much, keeping the cookie tender.

When the dry ingredients are completely mixed into the dough, fold in the chocolate chips, and scoop the dough into small balls using a small ice cream scoop. Place them on the lined cookie sheet roughly 2 inches apart. I used a scoop that was a little more than 1 inch diameter. Crisscross the tops of the balls with the tines of a fork so that they’re flattened.

Bake for 11 – 12 minutes. The cookies will still be soft in the centers, but the edges will be firming up and a golden brown. If you bake them until they’re firm, by the time they cool, they won’t be chewy at all. They’ll just break apart.

Remove from the oven, and keep the cookies on the cookie sheet for one minute before removing to a cooling rack. Allow to cool enough to firm up, if you can wait that long, before sneaking a few.

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  1. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel August 25, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    Haha! Ooooohh nooo! You poor thing! Glad you didn’t miss the reveal… the cookies look yummy!

  2. Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines August 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Hi! I had to laugh when I read this because it is something I would do:) This was my first time posting a recipe for The Secret Recipe Club and I think I had a dream similar to your “nightmare” I was sure I would post either to late or to early! Thanks for choosing my recipe for Old Fashion Peanut butter cookies:) I have made these cookies many times late at night when my kids would inform me they signed me up for the bake sale at school the next day. I always had the ingredients on hand~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  3. nicole August 25, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    Great choice I love anything with PB

  4. JJ - 84thand3rd August 25, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    Oh no, that definitely deserves cookies! Welcome to SRC :)

  5. Laura August 26, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    These sound and look lovely. I love the peanut butter/chocolate combination. What may I ask do you have to change for high altitude cooking and why? I have no experience of this but I like to learn knew things so it would be interesting to learn the reasoning beyond it =)

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian August 26, 2013 at 10:59 am #

      Thanks so much Laura! High altitude creates a few challenges. Because it’s so much drier at 7000 feet, baked items need more moisture. And because the air pressure is lower, I have to cut back on leaveners or the baked item will blow up in the oven and then completely collapse. Cooking times also get extended for some reason I don’t really understand. But cooking brown rice can take me as long as 90 minutes!! A rough lesson when dinner guests are waiting. And waiting. And waiting.
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      • Laura August 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

        Oh thank you for that, that’s really interesting. I never realised baking/cooking was affected so much. The only thing I would have considered was the air pressure difference but its all good to know!
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  6. Liz August 26, 2013 at 2:54 am #

    Susan, your cookies look picture perfect! Welcome to the SRC (I’m in Group C)…you’ll love it!!!
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  7. Beth August 26, 2013 at 4:30 am #

    That sounds like the kind of thing that might happen to me! So glad you got your dates right and got to participate in SRC.

  8. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes August 26, 2013 at 5:11 am #

    I didn´t send the emails, but had a similar reaction when I read a mail saying it was posting date for group C. I was in group D, right? right? I had to go check it all again. And then yesterday i rechecked the scheduled post more than a few times. Is it scheduled, will it post? Even though we have until noon to post! You don´t want to mess up on the first assignment! These are gorgeous cookies Susan! Pb and chocolate, such a crowd pleaser.
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  9. Renee - Kudos Kitchen August 26, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    I so enjoyed reading this post Susan. It sounds like something I would completely do so I totally understand your sense of panic, relief and then embarrassment. Been there, felt that. LOL Nice job on the cookies…They look yummy!

  10. Janie E August 26, 2013 at 6:03 am #

    I remember when I first started SRC, I had a ton of spaz moments where I was like WAIT is it today? Did I get this right? – so don’t feel like you’re the only one 😛

    The cookies look amazing!

    Great post for your first reveal – welcome to Group D!

  11. apuginthekitchen August 26, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    What a scare, I know you breathed a sigh of relief. Those cookies look really good. Love PB cookies and adding the chocolate chips makes them even better.
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  12. Karen August 26, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    WELCOME to the SRC Susan and what a FABULOUS first post too! I LOVE cookies aka biscuits in the UK and yours look amazing! Karen

  13. Rebekah @ Making Miracles August 26, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    Welcome to SRC!!! These look like a FANTASTIC treat – great choice!!! We love PB cookies; I’ll definitely have to save these ones to try.

  14. Kirstin August 26, 2013 at 7:03 am #

    Yum!!! sounds soooo good. Welcome to the club.

  15. Emily @ Life on Food August 26, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    These looks super yummy. I always try to go savory for the SRC but then I get so jealous of the treats on reveal day.
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  16. Lynda - TasteFood August 26, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Try as I may, I am not a fan of peanut butter cookies. I bet this will taste sublime with almond butter and will report back to you!
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  17. Traci August 26, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    YUM! These look amazingly good. wish I could sink my teeth into one right now! Great SRC pick. Welcome to SRC!

  18. Tara August 26, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    What a wonderful first post! This is my first month too and I was looking over every single detail to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Your cookies look beautiful!
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  19. Erin @ Table for 7 August 26, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    These cookies look beautiful! Welcome to SRC :)

  20. Barb S August 26, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Sounds like a winner and I love your story. I’d need cookies at that point too!

  21. Melissa August 26, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Welcome to the club! These cookies sound great. Thanks for sharing :)

  22. SallyBR August 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Welcome to the SRC! I hope your future adventures will be less painful, although I had to laugh when you revealed the detail of panicking two weeks in advance 😉

    This sounds like something I would do, so you are safe with me 😉

    I’ve been a member for almost 2 years, and every month I am eager for the last Monday to arrive, it’s such a fun day!

    so, I hope to see you around for many many many posts in the SRC

  23. CCU August 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Love these delicious cookies my friend, they look so chewy and addictive 😀

    Choc Chip Uru
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  24. Deb August 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    I can’t tell you how many times I entered the incorrect date for an event on my IPad…. Finally I slowed down and started double checking my entries. All is good now! I am happy your Secret Recipe Club dates all worked out because I am very much enjoying the lush Old fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies!
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  25. mommasangelbaby August 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    I am patiently waiting to qualify to be a member of SRC, I am pretty new to food blogging and only have about 25 recipes on my blog so far, only 1/4 of the required 100. I so appreciate your high altitude version of the recipe, here in Albuquerque, NM, we are at least a mile high, and plenty dry! I am also really excited to add your blog to the many food blogs I follow, as my daughter is a “pescatarian” – she considers herself a vegitarian, but she eats fish and sea food. We are always looking for ways to satisfy her protein needs without getting too boring. Unfortunately, she often gets a fish fillet of some kind, ’cause it’s hard enough to come up with and prepare one meal for the family, soy nothing of two! I really look forward to reading more of your blog!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian August 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      I can remember when I was at your stage! It wasn’t that long ago. I waited and waited until I had the required 100 and a bit more and I’m really happy to be in now. You’ll get here too :-). I did a lot of high altitude baking this summer – if you’re interested in some of the things I made, I’m pretty sure there’s a category here. I should make sure! We spent the summer at 7000 feet, but we’re back at sea level now. It’s really different for both cooking and baking, isn’t it? Thanks for visiting my blog!!
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  26. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl August 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Peanut butter cookies are absolutely one of my favorites. They are addicting and it’s hard to only get me eat 1 or 2. I’m going to live dangerously and make a batch of these, thank you!
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  27. Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere August 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    What a sweet husband! This was my first month too, and I had a couple similar freak outs. :) But, we’re through the first one, and we’ve got a fabulous reveal day! Your cookies seriously have me drooling!
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  28. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious August 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    Welcome to the club! I’ve been in since 2011 and it’s really fun to muck around in someone’s blog, spelunking for treasure.

    Great lookin’ cookies!
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  29. amy @ fearless homemaker August 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Welcome to the SRC – what a perfect choice for your first SRC post. YUM!

  30. Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies August 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    That was a great story…I had a similar experience but it was with the participation form. I didn’t realize I had to fill it out for each month…I hadn’t even done a post and I thought I was going to get kicked out for not filling out the form…but the ladies running this group are great and understood since I was knew I missed it.

    This is a great pick for your first post…cookies look great!

  31. Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen August 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    These cookies look perfect!! Welcome to the club!

  32. Christy@SweetandSavoring August 28, 2013 at 4:42 am #

    Yum! Peanut butter and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations. Can’t wait to make this recipe!
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  33. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories August 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Those look really good. This is my first SRC round too. So fun!
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  34. Terra August 29, 2013 at 6:11 am #

    For all the times I have made peanut butter cookies, I don’t believe I have added chocolate chips. Okay hubby would love love this yummy addition! You cookies sound so delicious! Hugs, Terra
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  35. bakingaddict August 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Welcome to SRC. Brilliant recipe especially as I love peanut butter and I love cookies. I’m so glad you didn’t miss reveal day – it can be quite nerve wrecking. I have to use the time zone converter and always worry that I’ll get it wrong but I’ve been ok so far :)

  36. Nancy @ gottagetbaked August 30, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    omg I hate that feeling of panic when I realize I’ve totally dropped the ball! Kudos to your husband! Sometimes when I’m running around like a lunatic, baking, photographing and blogging at the last minute for an event, my hubby rolls his eyes and says “it’s only a blog.” That’s when I punch him in the throat (in my mind). An old co-worker of mine once went home after work, took a nap, woke up at 7 pm and thought she had overslept for work. She actually got back on the bus to the office to realize that it was only the evening of the same day. It happens to the best of us! Good thing you made these gorgeous cookies to soothe yourself. PB & chocolate is the best combo ever!
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  37. Anne @ Webicurean August 31, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Wait, your 7-11 isn’t open 24 hours?! I can’t wait to try these cookies–my sister’s mother-in-law made the best peanut butter cookies, and now that she’s gone, I have yet to find something even close. I’m on a mission!
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  38. Shashi September 6, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    You are not the only person who checks their FB before going to bed :) These peanut butter cookies look yummy! I make a flourless version – but yours looks way more decadent!
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  39. Mary Frances September 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    You are definitely not the only person who checks email before bed, and not the only one who has looney moments either! The cookies look delicious.

  40. Cass @foodmyfriend September 19, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    I have been craving choc chip cookies ALL WEEK. Yum!

  41. Mary @ Fit and Fed September 28, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Your husband sounds like a real sweetie, I’m glad you were able to reward him with cookies!
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