Two of my favourite spreads are nutella and peanut butter. (A close third is kaya). When The peanut butter boy announced the first great peanut butter exhibition featuring cookies, how can I resist participating?
I remembered the first time I baked cookies. It was in my home economics class. I was 14 then. I believe those were butter cookies. Encouragingly, the boy sitting in front of me in class ate it all up (and didn’t die of food poisoning). Total random note-10 years later, we realized that we had a crush on each other that time…and no! we didn’t tell each other. Might explain why he decided to eat those cookies though-despite them being rock hard…
The 2nd time I baked cookies were flourless peanut butter ones. They were burnt (Lemongrass-yup.that was one of my baking disasters) . I refused to give up and tried another batch. Those turned out golden brown and had a beautiful crunch to it.
Fast forward 7 years later, I decided to combine three of my favourite ingredients. Peanut butter, pistachios and chocolate chips. These cookies were crisp on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. They were also flourless. I started with a tablespoon but these babies spread like wildfire so resist the temptation of rolling more than 1/2 a tablespoon of dough per cookie onto the tray. When they are done, be careful- They are very addictive. Oh! and I really enjoyed the wonderful peanut butter aroma lingering in the house after. Yum Yum.
1 cup super chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup pistachios shelled
Preheat oven to 180C. Mix first 5 ingredients in medium bowl. Mix in chocolate chips and pistachios. Using moistened hands, form 1/2 tablespoon of dough for each cookie into ball. Arrange on 2 lined baking trays, spacing 2 inches apart.
Bake cookies until puffed, golden on bottom and still soft to touch in center, about 12 minutes. Cool on sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to racks; cool completely.
Check out The peanut butter boy’s blog for more peanut butter inspiration. I can’t wait to see what the other bloggers have baked for this event!