Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies for National Peanut Butter Day




Do you believe that things happen for a reason? Or that there's a silver lining in every cloud? Well I do :) I was supposed to go to the gym (stop laughing!) today for a double session but I got stuck in an almighty traffic jam causing me to be very late for my gym class so I did what any sensible person would do which was to head home and cook a delicious dinner! I saw a tweet from Mike's Baking announcing that it's National Peanut Butter Day. I absolutely LOVE peanut butter so I definitely could not let it go pass without baking something suitable. I believe that I was meant to make these cookies which is why I never made it to the gym (yes yes call me delusional!)

I won a lifetime membership to Eat Your Books from Jam and Clotted Cream recently - thank you again! If you have not already discovered eat your books, check it out NOW! It's absolutely amazing!! It's basically an online cookbook search engine. You add the books you have on your bookshelf (and online recipes too) and when you want to make something, just type in the ingredient and it will search your cookbooks for you. Today I typed in peanut butter and the first recipe to appear was Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies by Lorraine Pascale from Baking Made Easy. It was fate. I had to make it and I'm so glad I did as these cookies are Delicious!! Yes with a capital D :)

If you are a peanut butter lover like me then you will definitely enjoy these cookies. I can see why Lorraine calls them irresistible! They are really soft and crumbly with the lovely peanut buttery taste. I love the crunch of the peanuts on top and the sweet, salty combination. 

 flatten cookies with a fork 

 sprinkle some chopped peanuts on top 


 Delicious!! 



Recipe adapted  from Lorraine Pascale's Baking Made Easy 

130g butter
175g light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
200g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
300g peanut butter (I used crunchy as I prefer the crunch)
Handful of ready roasted, salted peanuts - chopped. (optional)

  • Preheat the oven to 170C.
  • Grease and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Add in the egg.
  • Finally, stir in the peanut butter - don't overmix the batter. 
  • Scoop small scoops of dough using a small ice cream scoop and place at least 2 inches apart. 
  • Use a fork (lightly dipped in water if required) to flatten the cookies.
  • Sprinkle the chopped peanuts on top (or skip this step)
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
  • The cookies will be very soft when removed from the oven but will firm up once it's cooled. 
  • Allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 

39 comments:

  1. Mmmmm...I love peanut butter!

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  2. I might give these a go in the weekend! Easy peasy! :)

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    1. I hope you do, they really are easy and taste great :)

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  3. looks so yummmy...wat a great combo of flavors..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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  4. If I hadn't made Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting for National Peanut Butter Day, I sure would have tried my hand at these cookies. Irresistible!

    Thanks for sharing, Ros...Glad you enjoyed the poem too:)

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Louise, always lovely to hear from you :) Your cake looks drool-worthy!

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  5. they do look irresistable I had no idea that it was national peanut butter day, now I feel the need to make something right away

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  6. I'm not really a peanut butter lover but these cookies look like something my bestfriend would love :)

    Ohhh i've gotta check out Eat Your Books! It seems great :)

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    1. Eat Your Books is great especially since I've recently expanded my bookshelf!

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  7. I never realized there was a National Peanut Butter Day.

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    1. I didn't really either but am so glad that I do now :)

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  8. How fun! Great way to use the fork tines to help keep the nuts in place.

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  9. I love the way you think-that's exactly what I would have done too given the situation! And it's national PB day? How fabulous is that? :)

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  10. I love peanut butter cookies, they are sooooo good. EYB is fab too. Great if you need to use up something in the fridge and can't think what to make.

    ps Tinned Tomatoes is on Eat Your Books. You can add it to your list of cookbooks :)

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    1. Already have tinned tomatoes on EYB :) I think your peanut butter recipe was further down the list.

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  11. Yummy! I would have a hard time waiting for these to bake. The dough looks so good!

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  12. I almost burnt my tongue as I couldnt wait to try them! They are better cooled as they firm up.

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  13. N thy say-so I just signed up for Eat My Books! They have all my weird and wonderful cookbooks, but sadly, none of them have recipes listed. :( oh well, will still use it.

    I love peanut butter cookies because my sister wouldn't eat them so I got more. :)

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    1. You will love Eat Your Books! Its a great source for recipe inspiration or if you want to cook/bake with a particular ingredient.
      Can't believe your sister won't eat them, more for us I suppose :)

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  14. I am so making these tomorrow.

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  15. Yum, yum, yum, yum, YUM!!! and I could go on, but I think that makes my point!! x

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  16. Hmm yum, you can't beat a peanut butter cookie! For National PB Day I ate a peanut butter kit kat that my husband bought me as a surprise! have you tried one yet? they are seriously good!

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    1. I love peanut butter kit kat and was very upset when they took it off the market but its back on sale now so yay! :)

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  17. Hi BakingAddict - I haven't had peanut butter cookies in years! My mother used to make them quite a lot and I remember the first time I tried them. I was never a big fan of peanut butter but I used to adore these because once they're all baked up they taste completely different to peanut butter (at least in my opinion they did). They really have this "quality" which makes you just want to eat them by the handful! :D Yours look fantastic. Beautifully crunchy and golden!

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    1. Hi Charles, thanks for dropping by. Ironically I never used to like peanut butter either but now I LOVE it!! These cookies are seriously good and you really can't stop at one!

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  18. Wow.. another peanut butter recipe & these cookies looks soo yummy! Definitely trying these recipe :)

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    1. I know I do like my peanut butter :) Do let me know what you think - I think they are the best peanut butter cookies ever and everyone really enjoyed them and keep asking for the recipe!

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