Recipes // Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies


 
I'm very fussy when it comes to cookies. For me to like a cookie they have a big criteria to stand up to. They have to be thick, not thin. They have to be chewy, not crunchy. I like my cookies to be nearly cake like, soft and chewy. A kind of cookie that you wouldn't dare try and dunk in a hot cup of tea in case of it breaking off and sinking to the bottom of your mug. What a waste of a cookie.

Earlier today I had a huge, strong craving for peanut butter which is strange considering I'm not entirely in love with the stuff. I once went through the stage of thinking I enjoyed a peanut butter sandwich but I did not. I couldn't stand it getting stuck to the roof of my mouth, it's a bit like toffee in that it sticks and it takes time and effort to scrape it off with your tongue. It is like a meal all in its self.

I knew I couldn't indulge in a jar of PB with a spoon due to the above reasons so I decided to hunt for a recipe that suited my cookie needs. Luckily I ended up stumbling across Completelydelicious' blog and, well, say no more. This recipe comes from Annalise at Completelydelicious using her Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Recipe but I did tweak it very slightly. (This recipe is also a perfect base for a soft and chewy cookie - take away the PB and add whatever you like!)

Ingredients:
113g unsalted butter (at room temp)
200g peanut butter (I used Sun-Pat's Wholemeal PB which was chunky but you can use either types)
230g soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 egg
225g plain flour
3/4 of a teaspoon of baking powder
3/4 of a teaspoon of salt
OPTIONAL: 200g chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C or 170°C fan oven then line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.
2. In a bowl mix together the sugar, the peanut butter and the unsalted butter together until creamed or until everything is incorporated and it has changed to a paler colour. This may take a few minutes using an electric mixer.
3. Mix in the vanilla extract and the egg.
4. Put the flour, baking powder and the salt into a different bowl and add that to the butter/sugar mixture in batches. Mix on a low speed until everything is incorporated. OPTIONAL: If you're adding chocolate chips, stir them in now. You should be left with a somewhat sticky dough. (It may be a bit dry and crumbly at this point. As long as you can roll it into small balls and it stays together then it should be okay - if not, add a little bit of milk so it becomes a little bit stickier.)
5. Using a teaspoon, scoop the mixture into little balls and roll using your hands, then place onto the greaseproof paper. I used two/three teaspoons of dough per cookie for the smaller cookies and three/four generous teaspoons of dough for the larger cookies. Keep rolling until you've ran out of mixture then press down with a fork slightly. (I managed to get 17 cookies out of my mixture. 19 had I not left mixture in the bowl to eat whilst they were baking!)
6. Put in the oven to bake! Small cookies: 8-10 mins. Large cookies: 11-13 mins. Or bake until golden but try not to overbake.
7. Leave to cool and then place in an air-tight container for up to a week.

I know peanut butter isn't to everyone's tastes and whilst I may not be digging in to the peanut butter jar with a spoon, these cookies are heaven. They are soft, chewy and comforting. I dare think about how many calories are in each cookie, I wouldn't want to depress myself whilst in peanut butter heaven, but each calorie tastes beautiful.

My mouth is watering at the thought of these cookies sitting in my kitchen. I admit and say a lot of these didn't make the cooling down stage as the smell was just too good to resist. They are equally as good just out of the oven as well as cold.


Oh, and whilst we are on the subject of peanut butter, is there nothing better than watching your pet try to eat some? Here's a snapshot of my Ted mid PB feast.

2 comments

  1. This looks so good, I can just imagine chewing one of these right now. I love peanut butter so I'm definitely going to have to give these a go! Thanks for sharing. Ted looks like such a cutie! X
    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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