I love anything with Peanut Butter. It is a wonderful ingredient, perfect in sweet dishes and in my favourite chocolate treat (Reese’s peanut butter cups!) as well as in savoury dishes, such as a good satay sauce.
My thought this weekend was to make some delicious Peanut Butter cookies, great with a hot drink. I like to make mine a bit soft in the centre, so I bake them just a little less than the recipe suggests (about 9 to 10 minutes). I spent part of my childhood in the great US of A, and I find it a little easier to bake using American cup measurements.
Here is the recipe:
1 1/4 cups of sifted plain flour
1/2 cup of white sugar, plus a little extra for dipping the cookies prior to baking
1/2 cup of brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup of crunchy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 190C and grease a baking sheet.
Mix the flour, baking soda and salt together, set aside.
Cream the butter and sugars; add the peanut butter, egg and vanilla extract.
Add the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Roll dough into balls about the size of a walnut and dip the balls in white sugar.
Press the balls onto the baking sheet until slightly flat with about 1.5 inches of space between them and create a criss-cross pattern with a fork. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. Allow them to cool slightly and carefully transfer them to a wire rack.
You can dip the cookies in melted chocolate for an indulgent treat if desired.