Peanut butter chips are an easy way to add some extra peanut butter flavor to a batch of cookies or brownies. Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Chips are a new item that TJ’s is stocking for the holiday baking season (and possibly longer, depending on how popular they are with consumers). I like peanut butter chips because I am a big peanut butter fan, but they’re a little bit different than chocolate chips – largely because they are not chocolate chips and they’re not made with chocolate. They’re actually a combination of peanut butter, sugar and vegetable fats that are piped into a convenient, chip-like shape. I look for peanut butter chips that have a good texture and that will infuse a solid amount of peanut butter flavor into my baked goods.
The Trader Joe’s chips are made with sugar, peanut flour (which is defatted, ground peanuts), palm oil, dry milk and emulsifier and salt. I like to see real peanuts very high up on the ingredient list in peanut butter chips! They have a very strong roasted peanut flavor to them, with a touch of salt at the end, and are much less sweet than the majority of peanut butter chips I’ve had. Since they’re so full of peanuts, they’re quite dense and have a little more crunch to them than some other peanut butter chips, though they still have a very smooth mouth feel to them if you eat them straight out of the bag. They hold they’re shape well during baking and you’ll definitely get that toasted peanut flavor in whatever you add them to. Peanut butter cookie fans will definitely want to pick up a bag or two to play around with as we get in to holiday baking season!