I had saved this recipe from Southern Living, first published in May 2004.
Let me just say, these cookies looked JUST LIKE the picture (well, mine were a tad bigger), and were the perfect combo of crunchy-on-the-outside-yet-chewy/moist-on-the-inside, and salty and sweet.
Here is the recipe, with my changes in ( ).
(1 1/2 tsp. vanilla)
PreparationBeat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; add chunky peanut butter and sugars, beating well. Add eggs, beating until blended.
Combine flour and next 4 ingredients. Add to butter mixture, beating well.
Stir in peanuts and chocolate chunks.
Shape dough into 2-inch balls (about 2 tablespoons for each cookie). Flatten slightly, and place on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 375° for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pan 1 to 2 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely.
Double Chocolate Chunk-Peanut Cookies: Reduce flour to 2 cups; add 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa, sifted. Proceed as directed.
Makes 28 cookies