The peanut butter cookie, unsurprisingly, was invented by that king of the peanut, George Washington Carver. His first “recipe” for the cookie was published in 1916 and used crushed peanuts; it wasn’t until 1920 that he changed the ingredient to peanut butter. It’s obvious that Carver was a scientist and not a baker, but where would we be today in home cooking without the peanut butter cookie? Crunchy but also chewy, sweet but not overly sugary, peanut butter cookies are one of the easiest cookies to make for the home cook, but can also be spruced up with fixins (nuts, chocolate chips, even coconut shavings!) so every baker can have their own recipe.
Brooklynites like me know about The Cookie House in Kings Plaza. Ohhhh, the Cookie House. Us old-timers will remember when it was a kiosk in the middle of the mall, but now it’s got premium real estate on the corner of one of the square-shaped legs of the Plaza, churning out delicious batches of cookies, pretzels, and making the whole place smell amazing. When I was a kid I always got the best cookie possible, which of course meant it included every ingredient known to taste yummy inside a cookie: peanut-butter-chocolate-chip. Nowadays my tastes have refined and I have (somewhat) learned to resist the wafting scents of baking cookies at The Cookie House, and searched for greener, and tastier, peanut butter cookie pastures.
It may not be the nostalgic Cookie House of my youth, but you can bet that Insomnia Cookies makes a better–and more convenient!–peanut butter cookie. The Greenwich Village bakery caters heavily to college kids with the drunk munchies–an obvious choice, seeing its prime NYU location and its hours sometimes running until 3AM. But if you’re expecting mediocre baked goods because Insomnia doesn’t have to try too hard to profit, you’ll be absolutely wrong. They take pride in the products they bake, specializing in cookies that are the stuff of stoned dreams. Not only do they make a regular sized peanut butter chip cookie (at $1.25 each), but they make a monstrously-sized cookie that incorporates hunks of Reese’s peanut butter cups baked directly into the peanut butter cookie batter. Talk about peanut butter cookie overload! One of the big cookies is more than enough to satisfy a cookie craving, so for only $2.50 each, it may be the cheapest and most rewarding drunken late-night purchase you’ll make all year.
50 W 8th St (between Mac Dougal St & Avenue Of The Americas)
“Peanut Butter Chip Cookie: Peanut butter lovers rejoice! With creamy peanut butter chips melded into a soft peanut butter flavored cookie you’ll think you’ve gone to peanut-buttery heaven.”–Insomnia Cookies
“Peanut Butter Chocolate Jumbo Deluxe Cookie: These colossal treats are more than double the size and twice the taste of our regularly sized cookies and with hunks of Reese’s peanut butter cups baked into a peanut butter cookie, they’re also a ticket to peanut butter paradise.”–Insomnia Cookies
“This Greenwich Village bakery is aptly named considering they deliver to N.Y.U. dorms and area residents until 2:30 a.m. (they are open for walk-in customers until 3:00 a.m.). Seven types of warm and chewy cookies only cost $1.00, but for $2.00 we suggest trying one of their two deluxe cookies: chocolate peanut butter cup and triple chocolate chunk. Whether you’re cramming for finals or just hanging out with your friends, there’s no better late night snack for your sweet tooth. Just remember to brush before you go to bed!”–About.com
Some reviews from Yelp.com:
“Peanut Butter cup: only thing to describe this is “mmmmmmmmm” rich in peanut butter and chocolate. filled with peanut butter cups. I’m not talking small tiny cups either. They are a decent size. I could pick out the cups if i wanted to. But i refrained from this as i wanted to taste the entire thing together. Took me 3 days to finish this one. again I wanted to savor the flavors.”–Terita S.
” Perhaps a slightly heartier variation at Insomnia Cookies’ arsenal is the Peanut Butter Cup Cookie. Contrary to the Chocolate Chip, the bold and rich flavors derived from the combination of Peanut Butter and Chocolate engulfs the cookie. Consuming this variation can best be described as complex and savory. Each bite reveals an abundance of peanut butter that’s followed by a compliment of light sweetness that’s derived from the chocolate. Although the cookie dough itself helps with providing a much needed textural contrast, the peanut butter flavors are boasting throughout this application.”–Chun I.
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