Ying Yang Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cookie // Becca Bakes (www.becca-bakes.com)

Have you ever seen the memes of Pinterest Fails floating around the internet? Essentially, people attempt adorable and unrealistic pinterest projects and hilarity ensues when the results aren't as promised. Here are 17 examples from Buzzfeed. When I saw a photo of these cookies on pinterest I immediately wondered why I hadn't thought of this earlier - it's genius! Peanut butter cookie with chocolate chips + chocolate cookie with peanut butter chips. It's a perfectly balanced ying-yang cookie. Shortly after discovering this beauty I speculated the reason must be that they probably fall into the "Pinterest fail" category. However, did high possibility of embarrassing failure stop me? OF COURSE NOT. And you know what? These actually did work! These cookies involve a bit more effort than just plopping a ball of dough on a baking sheet and tossing it in the oven but in the end it's totally worth it. And if you make these and they don't work you can always achieve internet fame via pinterestfail.com. win, win!

Ying Yang Cookies
Adapted From: Sally's Baking Addiction

Chocolate Cookie Dough:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons milk
1 cup peanut butter chips

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use natural PB)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

1. Make the chocolate dough: Cream the butter and sugars together with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly mix it into the wet ingredients  The dough will be very thick. With a spoon or rubber spatula, mix in the milk and then fold in the peanut butter chips.
2. Make the peanut butter dough: Cream the butter and sugars together with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Mix in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla (in that order). Slowly mix in the baking soda and flour. Do not overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips. Chill both doughs for at least 1-2 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line cookie sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Measure 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter cookie dough. Roll into a ball. Take 2 Tablespoons of chocolate cookie dough. Roll into a ball. Smoosh the two balls together and roll them into 1 large ball. Repeat for each cookie. The chocolate cookie dough will get onto your hands, so wash/wipe them after you roll each cookie. It is important the chocolate cookie dough is chilled or else it will be even more messy.
4. Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes, not exceeding 13 minutes. The cookies will look very soft, puffy, and almost undone. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet and they will continue to "bake" and set up. As they cool, the cookies will firm up.

Photo: Zac Wolf Photography