This is our absolute favorite cookie recipe! I made it all the time in the early years of our marriage, before we left for Vanlife. And I was delighted to learn that I could make cookies on a propane stove top with a covered pan!
If you are like us, and don’t have an oven in your van, you will need a lidded pan to make these cookies. It creates an oven effect on your stove top. If you don’t have a pan lid, perhaps you could try a dinner plate!
If you have an electric mixer, you would be fine just using softened butter. I melt my butter to make mixing easier. I didn’t bring my hand mixer, since we boondock most of the time, and rely completely on our solar panels and battery bank. Fellow boondockers, I know you understand!
Melt the butter in the pan you will be using to bake the cookies on. Yay for less dishes! Once the butter is melted, use a scraping spatula to get all of the butter into a mixing bowl. Stir the peanut butter into the butter until well blended.
Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix until well combined.
Whisk in the egg and vanilla extract until combined
Add flour and mix until well combined.
Finally, stir in your chocolate chips. The dough should be thick, and the chocolate chips might fall off a bit to the bottom of the bowl. That’s okay! Fold in the chip stragglers as you roll your dough into 1 ½ inch balls and place those balls in your pan, spaced at least an inch apart.
Cover the pan, and cook on the lowest flame possible without your propane stove going out (see picture for reference). The lower the flame, the more evenly they will cook. We don’t want burnt-bottom cookies!
Bake for about 40 minutes, or until they firm up, and are no longer doughy. The time could be shorter or longer for you, depending on your stove. Keep an eye on them.