The saltiness and creaminess of peanut butter works really well combined with the sweetness of baked goods and is a flavour combination I have recently rediscovered. It works exceptionally well with chocolate, but then I would say that wouldn’t I. When I was reviewing The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook earlier this month, I noted a recipe for peanut butter and chocolate thumbprint cookies which looked appealing. With my birthday tea fast approaching, I thought these would provide something a little different and would fill in the gaps between the slabs of cake.
When it actually came to making the cookies, I decided not to include the chocolate cookie dough thumbprint filling. To me it seemed as though they would be sweet enough without and more to the point, I was running out of time. Measuring cups of butter and peanut butter is not really on, so I did the best I could in terms of approximations.
This is what I did:
- Creamed 1/2 a jar of smooth peanut butter (about 170g) with 2oz (60g) unsalted butter.
- Added 1/2 cup caster sugar and 1/2 cup of light muscovado and creamed some more.
- When light & fluffy beat in 1 duck egg (large hens egg) and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
- Sifted in 1 1/4 cups flour (half wholemeal & half white) with 1 tsp baking powder and stirred until incorporated.
- Poured 1/4 cup of sugar into a bowl.
- Rolled tablespoons of dough in my hands to form large walnut sized pieces.
- Rolled these in the sugar and placed onto two lined baking trays, leaving a 3 cm gap between them.
- Flattened them slightly with a spoon.
- Baked in the middle of the oven at 180C for 12 minutes (until golden and firm).
- Transferred to a wire rack to cool.
- Melted 50g dark chocolate (G&B Cook’s 72%) in a bowl over hot water.
- Ineptly drizzled this over the cookies in a zig zag kind of motion using a cone made out of greaseproof paper.
These made about 32 very substantial cookies. Despite my ineptitude with the melted chocolate and paper cones, more of which covered the kitchen than the cookies, I was rather pleased with the results. They were sweet, salty and delicious and not surprisingly, proved to be very popular.
These would make excellent bake fare for a summer fete or cake stall, so I am submitting them to Tea Time Treats hosted this month by Karen of Lavender and Lovage.