the daring baker that wasn't ... but here are some peanut butter chocolate cookies instead :)

there's no excuse her ladies and gents. it just didn't get done. along with the human rights paper that i am totally dragging my arse on.

but that doesn't mean it won't get done! i HAVE to finish my paper this weekend and i WILL make that opera cake!

got. to. get. it. together. ugh.

but in the meantime, please go check out hundreds of other more worthy daring bakers than i and their beautiful opera cakes of all shapes and flavors. and for a little sweet to tide you over, here are some chunky cookies i made awhile ago. super easy, super delish!

peanut butter chocolate chip cookies


chunky peanut, chocolate, and cinnamon cookies: makes 5 dozen
from martha's website (click here)

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cups roasted, salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
2 tsp vanilla

1. preheat oven to 350F. whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.

2. put butter and peanut butter in bowl of mixer with paddle attachment and mix on medium until combined, about 2 minutes. add sugars and mix another 2 minutes. mix in eggs. gradually add flour mixture; mix until just combined. fold in chocolate chips, peanuts, and vanilla. refrigerate until slightly firm, 15 minutes.

3. roll dough into 1 inch balls. space about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment. flatten slightly (i didn't, wanted them more humped). bake until just golden, 13 minutes. transfer to wire rack to cool.

martha said to serve these with ice cream ... and who was i to ignore her instructions! ;)

with ice cream


  1. i just ate opera cake 3 nights in a row. i'm OK with a few cookies!

  2. I think I might like the cookies better! ;)

  3. I have been thinking of these for a while now - they look super yummy, Mimi!

  4. Don't worry about it... I couldn't manage either, so like you... I posted cookies instead :)

    The cookies look better than opera cake anyways!

  5. I'm thinking the paper is more important than the cake right now too! I'll be back to see how your opera turns out though!

  6. Those cookies look perfect! I've been really craving cookies... well I'm always craving cookies!

  7. Those cookies look delicious - and just how I like my cookies!!

  8. Plop the ice cream between the layers and voila - almost the layered Opera ;-).

    Nice pictures and good luck with getting the paper done in this gorgeous weather...

    Alexandra, who slacks off on MM

  9. I know the feeling. If I hadn't made my cake before last weekend, then it wouldn't have happened.

    I agree with Dianne - I probably would like the cookies better! However, I did love the buttercream!

  10. The opera cake is a major undertaking - I speak from experience! I can totally understand how you didn't get it done, it's one time consuming cake. Good luck though if you do decide to make it. Your cookies will tide you over I am sure.

  11. Um, yum! I have to agree with breadchick, paper wins. That is why I'm stopping my blog scavenging right now and finishing my thesis. Really.

  12. You know... I didn't do the cheesecakes pops challenge... just couldn't get myself into the groove. I think it's okay to take a break once in a while. And those cookies look fab!
    Ann at Redacted Recipes