Today is some-what of my first official day of my holidays. I had to swing by campus early in the morning but I have spent the majority of the day with Ninja :)
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 1/4 c. granulated sugar
Plus 1 c. for rolling
1 1/4 c. dark brown sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1 c. peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla
3 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1c. of chocolate chips
1/4-1/3 c. vegetable shortening
1/4 c. crushed peanuts
**The amount can vary depending on how many cookies you would like to dip
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until creamy, approximately 6-8 minutes. Then add eggs, one at a time until incorporated. Next add peanut butter and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda. Add dry ingredient to wet and mix until just incorporated.
Scoop out on inch rounds of cookie dough (I used a cookie scoop- so much easier). Roll the cookie dough into balls and roll in sugar. Place on cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart-- usually peanut butter cookies do not spread, these do! Using a fork, gently press a crisscross pattern into each cookie (each press should be 90degress from the other press). Bake for 12-16 minutes-- allow to completely cool.
To dip cookies: in a double boiler (I do not have a double boiler, I place a bowl over a pot of boiling water- works just fine). Melt the chocolate and shortening until smooth. Dip each cookie till it is covered in half. If your bowl is shallow, use a spoon to push chocolate against the cookie. Sprinkle cookie with crushed peanuts. Allow to chocolate to harden completely (I used cooling racks to keep my cookies standing up).