Alcalá de Henares and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Last week I went with some friends to Alacalá de Henares; hometown of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, author of Don Quixote.

It is such a beautiful place… I want to show you some pictures, please allow me.

This is a corner of the courtyard of Cervantes’s home. This is where he was born in 1547.

This is The Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso, main building of the University of Alcalá de Henares, founded by the Cardinal Cisneros in 1499. It is one of the most important works of the Spanish Renaissance and declared a World Heritage Site in 1998.

This is the main courtyard of Schools, also called of St. Thomas of Villanova, the first Saint out of the Complutense University.

This is the Trilingual Patio, which belonged to the College of St. Jerome, built between 1564 and 1570.

This is the Paraninfo, where The Miguel de Cervantes Prize is held every year since 1976.

We should note that the University was the subject of spoliation from the year 1836 and will not be recovered by the residents of Alacalá until 1851. For this reason much of the architectural and decorative richness of this beautiful complex is gone.

Ok, now let’s eat something!

Two of the all-time favorite cookies at home are Chocolate Chip cookies and Peanut butter cookies.  So today’s recipe is a delicious hibrid between those two, better than a Prius ;)


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
  •  4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  •  2 large eggs
  •  1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  •  8 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut into chunks


Preheat oven to 350 ºF.

In a bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda; set aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat peanut butter, butter, and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until smooth. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in chocolate chunks.

Drop dough by heaping tablespoons, 1 inch apart, onto two large baking sheets. Bake until golden, 13 to 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.



About these ads

Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

41 thoughts on “Alcalá de Henares and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  1. Mad Dog March 27, 2012 at 01:06 Reply

    Much better than a Prius – nice post ;-)

  2. niasunset March 27, 2012 at 01:21 Reply

    Beautiful post, I loved so much. How nice Cervantes’ hometown… It is exciting for me. Thank you dear Giovanna, you did so nice shots too… And delicious ending :) With my love, nia

    • Bluejellybeans March 27, 2012 at 18:49 Reply

      Thanks Nia!
      It was my small pocket camera and it did well ;)

  3. ChgoJohn March 27, 2012 at 01:55 Reply

    Great post, Giovanna! The architecture of that area is stunning and the history really interests me. Thanks for the tour and for another delicious cookie recipe!

    • Bluejellybeans March 27, 2012 at 18:53 Reply

      Thanks John!
      I’m glad you like it. Yes it is very interesting. In just a few hours we discovered so much, it is amazing. :)

  4. thedogwalkinggardener March 27, 2012 at 02:17 Reply

    Beautiful photos of such ancient buildings .. magnificent!!
    Do you think that almond butter would work instead of peanut butter? I just happen to have a jar of the a/butter in the fridge….. I bought it because it was different and I was curious .. it almost tastes like peanut butter. thanks!

    • Bluejellybeans March 28, 2012 at 14:43 Reply

      I’m glad you like this post :)
      I think that if almond butter has the same texture as peanut butter, then yes it may work fine. I think that if you see that the dough is too soft, then maybe you can add one tbsp. of flour.
      Now I’m curious too, please let me know how they came out ;)

  5. cookiemomma March 27, 2012 at 03:13 Reply

    Awesome pictures and recipe. THank you for sharing! Absolutely beautiful

    • Bluejellybeans March 27, 2012 at 18:55 Reply

      I’m glad you like it :) It was a beautiful place, so it isn’t so much my merit ;)

      • cookiemomma March 28, 2012 at 00:54 Reply

        Well you did plenty in my book. Your pictures took me to a place I have never been! :)

  6. Just A Smidgen March 27, 2012 at 07:01 Reply

    Hahaha, love it.. yes, they were much better than a Prius. I loved the photo of the Paraninfo… the ceiling was stunning!

    • Bluejellybeans March 27, 2012 at 19:02 Reply

      Hi Barbara!
      I’m glad you like it. Yes, the paraninfu is stunning, but apparently it was even more beautiful long time ago, but due to spoliation the floor and all the lower area of the room was destroyed (and the building use as barn)

  7. Tandy March 27, 2012 at 08:18 Reply

    what amazing pics! and a great recipe too :)

  8. thecompletecookbook March 27, 2012 at 08:21 Reply

    Thanks for taking us along on the tour Giovanna. Your hybrid cookies look like a great end to an awesome day. :-) Mandy

    • Bluejellybeans March 27, 2012 at 19:04 Reply

      Hi Mandy! You’re welcome ;)
      I’m glad you like them.

  9. Food,Photography & France March 27, 2012 at 08:43 Reply

    Wonderful post and sensational biscuits

  10. Chica Andaluza March 27, 2012 at 10:25 Reply

    What a great place – not one I´ve visited (yet!). I´ll add it to my long, long list ;) Lovely recipe Giovanna – very tasty looking and sounding cookies…

    • Bluejellybeans March 27, 2012 at 19:09 Reply

      Hola Tanya!
      Yes it is a beautiful town to visit, you can make a 2X1= Madrid and Alacá de Henares.
      The cookies are so so good… you have to make them :)

  11. Choc Chip Uru March 27, 2012 at 11:19 Reply

    These cookies were made for my consumption – you don’t happen to have a spare batch do you? ;)

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Bluejellybeans March 27, 2012 at 19:12 Reply

      Sorry, those were sooo good; I don’t even have crumbs to share ;)

  12. cocomino March 27, 2012 at 13:36 Reply

    It’s a great architecture. Cool and well kept. :)

  13. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide March 27, 2012 at 13:47 Reply

    Great photos!

  14. Florence March 27, 2012 at 14:47 Reply

    Super photos, especially the amazing ceiling in the Paraninfo. TFS. Cookies look delicious.
    Regards Florence x

    • Bluejellybeans March 28, 2012 at 14:47 Reply

      Thanks Florence!
      Yes the Paraninfo is stunning :) I’m glad you like the cookies too. One question, what’s TFS?

      • Florence March 28, 2012 at 16:22 Reply

        Hi. Thanks for sharing.
        Florence xx

  15. braintomahawk March 27, 2012 at 20:24 Reply

    Perfect timing as I was just reminded that I promised to bake cookies for a function this week!

    • Bluejellybeans March 28, 2012 at 00:19 Reply

      That’s great! I hope they like them ;)
      Thanks for your comment!

  16. glutenfreezen March 27, 2012 at 21:59 Reply

    Beautiful pictures Giovanna!

    And what’s better than peanut butter AND chocolate? Nothing! As a matter of fact…I’m sitting here eating a chocolate peanut butter brownie while I browse through blogs.

    Have a nice day! :)

    • Bluejellybeans March 28, 2012 at 00:31 Reply

      Hi April!
      How lucky you are… I’m on a diet, so no more cookies for me :(
      You too have a nice day!

  17. Jill March 28, 2012 at 01:18 Reply

    Thanks for the tour of the lovely home, and for the cookies!

    • Bluejellybeans March 30, 2012 at 16:48 Reply

      You’re welcome Jill, I’m glad you like it! :)

  18. Four Blue Hills March 28, 2012 at 20:07 Reply

    One more place to add to my “bucket list” of places to visit or live. Beautiful photos and post.

    • Bluejellybeans March 30, 2012 at 16:53 Reply

      Thanks Betty!
      I’m glad you like it. Alcala is totally “bucket list worthy” ;)

      • Four Blue Hills April 6, 2012 at 16:40 Reply

        It looks “bucket worthy” to me! Very! Beautiful place.

  19. rumpydog March 31, 2012 at 14:36 Reply

    What fantastic architecture! And peanut butter? My favorite! mmmmmm…..

OK, let's talk

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 888 other followers

%d bloggers like this: