Peanut Butter Cookies

Again our choir management committee was meeting at our house, there are 11 of them making plans, dishing out jobs and generally getting things done. So they need something to keep them going and my peanut butter cookies are just the thing.

These really are cookies; nice and soft in the middle with plenty of gooey cookie ‘give’. As they have both peanut butter and salted peanuts in them they are a source of protein so not fattening at all!

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Peanut Butter Cookies
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Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
Cookies
Ingredients
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
Cookies
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. In a bowl cream together the butter, peanut butter and the two types of sugar. You can use a bowl for this but I’m using a large jug, the steep sides keep the mixture in close contact with the mixer blades.
    Cream together butter and sugar
  2. Once all combined drop in the eggs, one by one mixing well each time. Mix in the rest of the fluids, that’s the golden syrup, water and vanilla bean paste.
    add vanilla bean paste
  3. Mix together the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda and the salt. Do not use flake salt or rock salt as they will not combine with the mixture, nuggets of salt are not what we are after here. Once all the dry ingredients are combined tip them into the wet mixture and combine, just until mixed – over working the dough will alter the texture.
    mix in flour
  4. Tip in three-quarters of the salted peanuts and mix gently, mixing too much or at too high a speed will break up the nuts and that could ultimately lead to disappointment, disillusionment and despondency.
    add peanuts
  5. Put the oven on at 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5. This mix will make 30 very decent sized cookies, I use the desert spoons from my cutlery set, but could also do this by eye. Use an unlined baking tray and do not grease the tray, the cookies should not stick but oiling the tray makes the bottom of the cookie ugh! Leave a gap between each cookie as they will spread out quite a bit. Just before you put them into bake press a few salted peanuts into the top of the dough.
    bake
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 mins, catch them just before they go very brown. When you take the tray out of the oven you must leave the cookies alone for a couple of minutes to firm up. If you attempt to transfer them to a cooling rack straight from the oven they will fall apart.
    move to cooling rack
Recipe Notes

The gentleman of the management committee liked these cookies very much, they are always an appreciative audience. I took some over to my father who also enjoyed them, he only had half of one whilst I was there as he didn’t want to spoil his dinner.

My mother in law is a different case altogether. I took her 3, one she polished off in a hurry and she went for a second, so I had to move them out of her reach. As soon as I left her house she opened the box and shovelled the other two in! Naughty girl – but another appreciative audience.
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4 Comments

  • Dave 22nd August 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Nothing like good peanut butetr cookies, unless someone who is allergic to peanuts. Fortunately not me.
    Thanks for the recipe and keep up the good works.
    Dave

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    • Mark 23rd August 2017 at 7:53 am

      Hi Dave, thanks for the heads up about the spelling. As always lovley to thear from you! Mx

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  • Bruce 23rd August 2017 at 10:39 am

    I don’t think I had appreciated that I was being used as a formal guinea pig and thus comments were almost an obligation but I’m happy to record that these jolly old biscuits were super. I rather liked the chewy bits in the middle. As you will no doubt appreciate I am unlikely to make such things as there are those on the distaff side who are very good at that sort of thing but additional morsels are always appreciated.
    Dad

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    • Mark 24th August 2017 at 8:32 am

      I appreciate you will not be wielding the spatula any time soon but I’m glad you enjoyed these! mx

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