Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pinwheel Cookie

This peanut butter chocolate swirl cookie recipe is both fun for the kids to help with and delicious to eat. Using the rolling method creates a perfect swirl effect on these sweet treats. It’s a great alternative to simply adding in chocolate chips. Have your children help mix, roll out dough and spread the chocolate.

Ingredients

Cookie dough

• 1 cup room temperature butter
• 1 cup peanut butter (creamy)
• 1 cup white granulated sugar
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• 2 eggs (large)
• 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
• 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• ½ teaspoon salt

Chocolate Spread

• 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
• 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
• 1 tablespoon shortening

Directions

  1. Using an electric mixer, cream butter, peanut butter, both sugars and eggs.
  2. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Blend into wet mixture completely.
  3. Separate the dough into two equal parts. Form into balls. Wrap with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for one hour.
  4. Roll out one of the balls into an 11x15 inch rectangle on a thin floured towel. Roll gently because the dough will be soft.
  5. In a separate bowl, melt the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and shortening in the microwave. Microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between until smooth.
  6. Place spoonfuls of the chocolate onto the rolled out dough. Use only half of the chocolate. Carefully spread over the dough’s surface. Children love this step.
  7. Use the towel to help you roll the rectangle of dough into a log shape. Wrap the log with plastic wrap, and put it in the freezer for 20 minutes. It can be left longer.
  8. Continue the same process with the second ball of dough and remaining chocolate while the first log is firming in the freezer. The chocolate can be re-melted in the microwave if it’s set up. You will have two logs in the freezer until ready to bake.
  9. You can bake the cookies on the same day you made the logs or wait until a future date. When you are ready to bake them, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  10. Remove firm cookie logs from your freezer. Slice into ¼ inch thick cookies.
  11. Place sliced cookies onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes. Cookies should no longer look or feel gooey.

 

Valentine Treats

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Being a mom is not easy. It would be nice if things were easier every now and then, wouldn't it? If doing laundry only took 15 minutes a week, or if dishes were magically washed and put away, or even if everyone in the family could pitch in at meal time, life would be a bit easier. Well, here are a few easy recipes to please every member of the family on Valentine's Day. These treats are "mother tested and kid approved"...and easy, too!

Valentine's Day Chocolate Dipped Wafer Cookies

All you need for this recipe is parchment paper, wafers of any flavor (or madelines, or other plain cookies), a bag of chocolate chips or candy melts and a bottle of sprinkles. You first melt the chocolate. Your children can do the rest of the steps with your supervision. Get them to dip the wafers in the melted chocolate and place the dipped wafers on the parchment paper. Then have them put sprinkles over the chocolate. The last step is to put the dipped wafer cookies in the refrigerator for about 10 minute to help speed up the hardening process.

Chocolate Pudding Cookies

This easy recipe takes only 10 minutes to cook and 15 minutes to prep. Your kids will love mixing their yummy treat. For this recipe you will need:

  • 4.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 (3.4 oz) packs instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups softened butter
  • 1.5 cups packed brown sugar

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Start prepping by mixing together the salt, baking soda, and flour, then set it to the side. In a much larger bowl mix and beat the white sugar, butter, brown sugar and instant chocolate pudding mix. Blend in your dry mix. Next, add the vanilla and eggs. Once mixed well, add the chocolate chips. Lastly, drop spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool the cookies on a wire rack and let your family dig in!

Mozzarella And Tomato Salad for Kids

This recipe is the easiest on the list. No baking or mixing! Arrange basil leaves on a plate in a heart shape. Form a large heart shaped outline with cherry tomatoes. Last, fill the center with mozzarella balls. Let your kids do this or do it yourself.

On Valentine's Day, don't let your children forget who your favorite Valentine is...them!