The Prudent Pantry: Save Money with this Trader Joes Cookie Recipe Knock-off
Trader Joe’s sells these ridiculously good cookies called Sutter’s Formula Peanut Chocolate Cookies. They’re a tiny bit dry–but the balance of chocolate chunks and peanut butter is perfect. The trouble is they cost nearly $4 for a small bag.
Not in the budget! Right around the time that I discovered Sutter’s cookies (Sutter, incidentally, is John Sutter who discovered the gold that sparked the gold rush), I noticed that TJ’s was carrying something called peanut flour–which is exactly what it sounds like. I had an idea, and I bought a bag.
I used my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, adding the peanut flour in place of the walnuts and some of the regular flour. They came out so good that I have to share them. And since I don’t want to share the actual cookies, I’ve written out the recipe.
Annika’s Peanut Chocolate Cookies
Butter – 2 sticks, softened
Brown sugar – 1 cup
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Vanilla – 1 tsp.
Eggs – 2 large
Flour – 2 cups
Peanut flour – 1/2 cup
Salt – 1/2 tsp.
Baking powder – 1 tsp.
Chocolate chips – 1 – 2 cups
Prepare two cookie sheets. You can grease them, or cover them with tin foil or parchment paper.
Preheat the oven to 350.
- Combine two sticks of butter, one-cup brown sugar, and ½ cup granulated sugar in a mixing bowl (I used my KitchenAid stand mixer).
- The butter should be room temperature–but if you don’t have time to take it out and let it sit, 15 seconds in the microwave should do the trick.
- Beat until combined, then add one teaspoon vanilla and two large eggs.
- Once everything is combined and smooth, add two cups flour, ½ cup peanut flour, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1-teaspoon baking powder.
- Mix together thoroughly, then add in 1-2 cups chocolate chips and stir in by hand (I used a wooden spoon).
- Take large spoonfuls of dough, roll into a ball, and place on cookie sheet about two inches apart. Bake for 10-15 minutes (depending on the size of the cookies and your oven’s temperament) until light golden in color.
- Let cool.
Delicious, and I saved a ton of money!
Annika Barranti is a writer living in Los Angeles and blogging at Through the Looking Glass . She and her husband are raising two children and trying to eat well on a tiny budget.