Peanut Butter Cookies!! Its all about Smooth Peanut Butter!
Recipe Post updated 03/03/18!
I see a little twinkle, a little sparke in her eyes !! The sky is dark and clear , cold and frosty as it should be in November . Boom !! Hears ZZZ ! As the curtain is gently moved , she see’s colourful sparks in the sky . Curiously looking, My little pumpkin S starts to run all around the house and in excitement. Dada lifts her , strokes her back, sliding her soft locks off her face and tells her its Patas ( fireworks in tamil) . She slowly grasped her newly learned word.
Ever after that whenever she heard a Boom , Bang , Bong her eyes keenly look for the loud chromatic display in the dark sky. Just as the guy fawkes day celebration went past , here in UK , we had an exemplary fireworks display in a local park. Sitting up, cosily in our bedroom, sungged in our fleece jumpers and heater s on , we witnessed a 30 minutes picturesque prismatic exhibit . An extra hug , An extra kiss and more cuddles is what we got for this grandeur celebration . The kids in the neighbour hood were already woeing as this beauty they were all witnessing was drawing to closure..
How I wish , our little kids get to be a part of the traditional Diwali celebration like we used in our childood. They would barely crave nor get high stungon hearing a #Boom # Bang !!
As parents, sometimes we feel , we are depriving our lil ones of their culture and heritage sitting afar.. Something definitely needs to be done to bridge this gap… we want them to experience, a typical celebration like we all did since childhood. A stride that needs some hard work and a lot of thinking before the next celebration , next year !
This recipe of Peanut Butter Cookies comes from my favourite book the hummingbird bakery cookbook, and the logic for making them has got nothing to do with Diwali or with celebration mood . Lol .
But this is here, because of my new essential kitchen gadget, my hand mixer. I have been using my muscle power and a simple whisk in the last 6 months of my baking . The Recipe suggested using was crunchy peanut butter but I have used Smooth Peanut Butter instead. . Kids at home do not relish any abnormal texture on their tongue, so things got be smooth 🙂
I have tried and tested this recipe using only caster sugar and 1/2 light brown sugar and 1/2 caster sugar. Loved both the versions. Original recipe did not call for chilling the dough!
These BEST Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies are one of our favourite treats at home.
- 170 g Plain Flour
- 200 g Caster Sugar
- 112 g Unsalted Butter
- 1 Large Egg
- 120 g Smooth Peanut Butter
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
- 1 ¼ tsp Bicarbonate Soda
- 40 g Dark Chocolate roughly
Whisk the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy using a handheld electric mixer.
Add the egg, beating it well, scrapping the sides until it’s all clean. Reduce the speed to low and beat in vanilla extract, peanut butter until well incorporated.
Stir in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and mix until smooth dough is formed. Mix the chocolate into the dough until evenly mixed. Roll the dough into a log, wrap it in a cling film and chill it for an hour+ until firm.
Preheat the fan assisted oven to 170 F, gas mark 3. Line 4 baking trays with a greaseproof sheets
Get the dough log from the fridge and cut them into equal pieces. Arrange 6 equal amount of the cookie dough on the prepared baking tray. Make sure to space the cookies apart, allowing the cookies to spread whilst baking. Bake in the preheated oven for 14 minutes until the edges start to turn golden brown.
Leave the Peanut Butter cookies to cool in the tray for another 10 minutes, before turning them out on a wire rack to cool completely.
The Peanut Butter cookies turned out to be soft and crunchy!
The recipe did not call for chilling the dough. Since I have had disasters with the dough going really flat and not getting the desired result, I have chilled the dough. You could cut the cookie dough log into equal sizes and place them as it is, or roll them in the middle of your palm and place them on the prepared tray.
Remember if you roll the cookie dough in the middle of your palm, the cookies texture is slightly different from the ones you cut from the log.
Incase you have missed reading all my banausic scribbling, there are few replacements I have done to the original recipe in the book. I have used Smooth Peanut Butter instead of Crunchy Peanut Butter and only used caster sugar instead of a combination of light brown sugar and caster sugar as in the book.