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!
200gSalted PeanutsI use the jumbo ones, regular are fine but not dry roasted!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.