So, last Friday I received the biggest package in the mail of my life.
You guys, I bought an elliptical!!!!
And it has no less than changed my life. I have been saving for one for months and months, partly because there are no good gyms near my loft and I’ve been losing steam on my usual workout video routine in the winter. And partly because I have a really bad back, so any high impact workouts are bad news bears for me. But mostly I bought it because I just truly-madly-deeply love ellipticals. Hate treadmills. Love ellipticals.
But as I once wrote, I am one of those people who can’t stand to focus on the actual “working” part of working out. I either want to be chatting it up with a friend or watching tv. Otherwise I stare at the clock and count the miles and calories and get bored out of my mind. So, long story short, I ended up shopping around and finding an elliptical with a small tv on top. (Brilliant.) But the catch was that I had to order it online…and assemble it myself.
So what’s a girl to cook to provide a little sustenance to assemble a 200-lb elliptical machine?
Why, this epic chocolate peanut butter skillet cookie, of course. What else? ;)
Ha, ok this cookie was actually on my must-make agenda for the day before the delivery man showed up (a few days late) with the biggest box EVER which took up half of my living room. But hey! People always ask how I don’t gain a ton of weight working as a food blogger, so case in point:
I made this epic cookie of my dreams. Then ate a small slice. Then shared some with my neighbors. Then worked my tail off (and probably most of the calories of the slice) for a few hours assembling this uber-heavy elliptical. Then wised up and decided not to kill my back trying to lift the whole thing to move it into its final position, so I invited a strong neighbor over to help. And then shared more cookie with him as a “thank you”.
Then I woke up the next morning and worked out, and maybe had another small slice for breakfast. ;)
To each, her/his own. But when it comes to desserts, I would almost always rather eat a smaller portion of the real deal than settle for a lighter version that didn’t taste quite as good. And when it comes to taste (and chewy texture, topped with that cold and creamy ice cream), lemme assure you — this one’s GOOD.
Oh, and did you catch that it only takes 15 minutes to prep? Here’s how:
Start by whipping up a simple double chocolate cookie dough. But instead of stirring in chocolate chips, gently fold in some mini peanut butter cups. I used Reese’s, but Trader Joes and all sorts of other brands now offer them as well. (I also recommend saving a few to press on top of the dough before baking so that you can see them. Although if you really want them to hold their shape and not melt like mine did, freeze ’em beforehand!)
Then bake it up to soft and chewy perfection.
And then top with whatever makes you happy.
I went with ice cream, melted peanut butter and chocolate, and a few more peanut butter cups that I halved so that everyone can see the peanut buttery filling. It was perfection. And worth every single calorie, in my humble opinion. ;)
This peanut butter chocolate skillet cookie is decadent and ready with just 15 minutes of prep work!
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or dark chocolate cocoa powder)
1 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini peanut butter cups or peanut butter chips
1/2 cup extra peanut butter cups
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
3 tablespoons peanut butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together on medium-speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and beat to combine. Stir together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt in a separate bowl until combined. Add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients, and beat on medium-low speed until just combined. Carefully fold in the peanut butter cups by hand until combined.
Turn the dough into a 9-inch* skillet that has been well-greased (I used butter) on all sides. Press the dough into an even layer in the skillet, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edges so that the dough is not actually touching the sides of the pan.
Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cookie comes out clean. Let cool for at least 5 minutes on a wire rack. When ready to eat, top with ice cream and sprinkle on additional peanut butter cups. Then melt some chocolate and peanut butter in separate bowls in the microwave, and drizzle on top.
Oh, and enjoy. :)
*If your skillet is an inch smaller or larger, no prob. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
That looks downright heavenly. And I’m so jealous of your elliptical purchase!
Oh my word, this looks like “slap yo momma” kind of good!!!! I can’t wait to try the recipe! Thanks! :-)
Ugh, I’m so with you, Ali. Nothing cuts my sugar craving quite like, as you say, the real deal. Anything else leaves something to be desired, which can be dangerous w/ dessert :)
I’m so with you when it comes to enjoying a little less of a proper dessert and enjoying it – this giant cookie of goodness is a perfect example of that.
This is too good for words…just pass a spoon! :)
Great reward for working your tail off. Or your buns off. WHich brand of ellipitical did you get?
I get extremely bored during my exercise, too. Watching tv would definitely help. This dessert looks amazing. You really can’t go wrong with pb and chocolate. Have fun with your new toy.
Yeah, you are going to love your elliptical! I love ours! And that is how I rationalized watching so many Nashville episodes. At least I was working out at the same time:) And you know you can always get Tim Riggins to motivate you to workout:)
I am coming over for dessert! xo
oh my yummmmy!!!! I need an elliptical after just looking at this.
This kind of stuff is killing me, I’m training for a marathon and this makes it very difficult to keep to a strict diet plan.
I’m like you, would rather have a smaller portion of a dessert than sacrifice the flavor. Well, I pinned it for future use. Might not be until May but this will be in my belly!
So fabulous, I want it!
Congrats on your purchase, you’re going to love it. I’m with you I’d rather eat a small portion than settle for lighter but not a tasty. This is fantastic!
This is so my kind of dessert! Putting together an elliptical plus all of the workouts you will get definitely is deserving of this dessert.
Skillet cookies are one of my most favorite treats, especially to share with friends when it’s still warm from the oven. This chocolate peanut butter cookie looks downright decadent!
You don’t even have to try to convince me that this is worth! WOW!
I’m going to need an elliptical if I get anywhere near this- I could take this bad boy down no problem!! Love it.
Holy freaking goodness – this skillet cake looks PERFECT! Love this!
My 13 year old son just begged me to make this for him. : )
Irresistible! That cookie looks so good that I would finish it at once just by myself :)
Holy sweetness! This looks so very scrumptious! Pinning
Oh my sweetness! Loving all of that peanut butter and chocolate goodness.
I have recently discovered the amazing melted peanut butter. It has been going on everything! Looks fantastic.
These are all of my favorite things in one amazing dish!! Dying to have a bite!
Wow! Your photos are SO AMAZING (and your recipes too, of course!). You are such an inspiration to me. Thank you so much!
I’m so totally with you – I can’t stand not having something to watch or someone to talk to when I am working out. I can get so bored doing the same thing over and over again – which is why I do weights, cause I do a few sets and then do something else a few more sets. But treadmills are so boringggggg with a capital B!!! Have a blast on your new spinny thing! And then have a cookie – this thing looks ah-mazing.
This looks absolutely amazing and delicious.
Ohhhhhh, yum! I’ll take a slice AND that elliptical!!
A long ride on the elipitcal is totally worth it for this cookie.
my son has a girl friend that he goes with that has 5 kids… I think they would love this for a after dinner dessert… I will make homemade ice cream and I think your skillet cookie would be great for them …thanks for sharing…
Yes, please! Enjoy your new eliptical!
Can this dough be made ahead and assembled and baked when needed? It looks amazing!
Yes definitely! :)
Can I make it several hours before consuming? Or does it taste best right after coming out of the oven?
p.s. looks mind-blowingly delicious!
Thanks Janelle! Yes, you can make this several hours in advance, however, there’s nothing like a giant cookie right out of the oven! If you must wait, just let it cool for at least 30 minutes before covering it with some foil or transferring to a container. : ) Hope you enjoy!
How far ahead can you make the dough before baking it?
Hi Alicia! You can make the dough up to 4 days beforehand, or you can always make it in advance, freeze and then thaw the day you’re ready to use it. We hope you like the recipe!
Thank you in advance for my trip to euphoria. In my opinion, nothing equals happiness like peanut butter and chocolate and this is beyond, it looks heavenly. Kudos to you for thinking this one up.
Haha you’re so welcome Sue, we hope you enjoy this!
Hi- I only have a 12-inch skillet. Do I need to adjust the recipe for that size or just make the cookie thinner and cook it for a shorter duration? I’m a novice when it comes to the skillet. Thanks!
Hey Greg! No worries, you can still make this in a 12-inch skillet, it just won’t be quite as thick, and it might not need quite as long in the oven (just set your timer for maybe 12 minutes and then check). We hope you enjoy!
Could this also be made in a baking dish?
Yes, definitely! We hope you enjoy!
Absolutely loved by all!!