Soft and chewy peanut butter cookies with semi-sweet chocolate chips. If reincarnation exists, I would come back as this Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie!

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This morning as I made my way to work, I put down my phone and stared out the bus window.

About half a mile in the bus stops at a red light. As I waited for the street light to change from “Stop to “Go”, I watched a guy in front of a grocery store – Headphones firmly nestled in his ears, bopping to a beat I couldn’t hear.

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He was smoking a cigarette, head bopping. Smoke billowed, intermingled and disappeared in the city air. Suddenly I spot a guy walking towards him. He nonchalantly slips him something and keeps on walking.

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I live in the South Bronx and if you know this borough, you know The South Bronx is in a transient state – From ‘hood’ to on the cusp of gentrification, but still ‘hood – so naturally I thought this was a narcotics hand-to-hand.

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Cash for drugs, keep it movin’, right?

I shrug my shoulders.

We’ve all seen it.

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But this wasn’t any ordinary hand-to-hand. And I can bet you’ve never seen one quite like this. The dude, sporting a very stoic expression casually slips cigarette dude… A lottery scratch off ticket.

And keeps walking.

The light turns green and I leave him scratching his way out of whatever fate awaits him.

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I know what you’re thinking. “Well, that was unexpected”

Wasn’t it, though?

And wasn’t it awesome?

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This is how I feel about these Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. While perusing The Pinterest for Peanut Butter cookies I came across the food blog Dessert Now Dinner Later where she wrote about these amazingly Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies.

It’s not that I didn’t believe her, per say – It’s that my past experiences with peanut butter cookies have been of the crunchy variety. I expected more of the same. To hedge myself from a certain disappointment, I added some semi-sweet chocolate chips to the cookie dough and popped them in the oven.

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I was expecting a good cookie. I mean, it’s peanut butter! What I wasn’t expecting what the cookie that came out of the oven.  The cookies puff up as they bake and remain puffy even as they cool. This cookie is mostly peanut butter flavored. The chocolate chips are icing on a very delicious cake. Um… Cookie…

You know what I mean.

They are indeed very soft and chewy.

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Unexpected yet oh, so nice.

Like a someone who’s  handed a lottery scratch off and is afforded a chance to change his fate.

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