One of the things my mom always did for my brothers and me growing up was to make freshly baked cookies. Whether is was her chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies or Scotch Krispies, we always got excited because that meant we got a homemade treat in our lunchbox for school the next day.
Sometimes, she would surprise us after school with a plate of warm cookies for us to snack on before it was dinner time. Other times, she would keep the cookies hidden somewhere in the kitchen and not tell us she baked at all. But when we found our treats in our lunch bags the next day, we were thrilled with the surprise.
A treat is always a treat!
Even though I’m a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom, I still find it difficult to make time in my schedule to make freshly baked goodies for my kids and husband. I always intend too, but then the time slip away and it doesn’t get done.
That’s why I really like these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies for an afternoon treat or school box surprise. These cookies literally take half the time to make because the ingredients are so few, which also means the cooking time is short, leaving more time to get the things done that need to get done.
Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a working mom or maybe even a stay-at-home dad, these really yummy, hardly-need-to-bake-at-all cookies will be enjoyed and gobbled up by everyone.
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup chocolate chips- I used semi-sweet
- Optional: Coarse sea salt for topping
- Beat peanut butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and egg together into a mixing bowl until combined.
- Stir in chocolate chips and scoop batter onto parchment lined baking sheets.
- Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until lightly browned on the edges. Allow to cool for 3-5 minutes before removing from baking sheet and moving to a cooling rack.
- Sprinkle sea salt over the top of the baked cookies.
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