Sunday 27 February 2011

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

 As usual I am running at the last minute. Mind you Dom this is the only challenge I have managed this month so feel extremely flattered. Dom is running a random challenge. The idea is brilliant. Run your hands randomly over the spines of your cookery books. Stop at one. Then open the book and cook/bake whatever appears.The book I stopped at was The Essence of Chocolate by John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg. I have never cooked anything from this book so it was good to make me perform so to speak. The book fell open at PB&C Cookies. So here they are. Lovely cookies but (there is always a but isn't there?) I followed the recipe except I halved the amount of cookie dough dropped on the tray. The impression given by the pics and the recipe is that the dough will spread giving you large thin cookies. That does not happen. I had three trays in the oven when I noticed this. I Had four cookies left to bake so I flattened the before ovening. I looked at the pic and I could see they had been flattened by fingers but nowhere in the recipe does it tell you to do so. I hate when recipes leave out details like this. Anyway I flattened the last four cookies with a spoon and that is what you see in the pic. I loved the flavour but would I make them again? No I would not. I will adapt another recipe I have which will give the thinness and chewiness I love. Watch this space.Thanks Dom for making me bake from this book. I don't think I'll use it again though.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (may need to reduce depending on your pb's saltiness)
8 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temp
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter (natural preferred, with no added sugar or salt)
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (or 6 oz chopped bittersweet chocolate)
1. Preheat the oven to 325° F and line two baking sheets with parchment or a silpat.
2. Melt the unsweetened chocolate.

3. In a mixer, combine the softened butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix on medium speed to blend, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the vanilla, egg and peanut butter and mix for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the melted chocolate and mix just until combined. Stop the mixer and add the dry ingredients. Mix just until combined.
4. Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the chocolate pieces by hand.

5. Drop large mounds of dough, about 3 heaping tablespoons each, onto the two prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly cracked on top, rotating the pans halfway through.
6. Remove from oven, cool 2 min on sheets, then transfer to a rack and cool completely.


Grannymar said...

I think I'll skip this one. I seem to have gone off choccie biccies lately. For some reason I want to make home made fig rolls. Not mastered it yet. :(

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those cookies are beautiful and that combination is just perfect!



Brownieville Girl said...

I'm with you on getting proper directions ... where are the editors of these books??

I have to say these cookies look great though!

Unknown said...

fabulous... thanks for taking part... everyone seems to have come up with such different stuff... brilliant!

Rhyleysgranny said...

Grannymar - Fig Rolls? Now there's a challenge.

Rosa - Thank you as always x

BVG - They weren't all that nice a texture. they look better than they tasted. Very hard.

Dom - Can't wait to see what everyone came up with

Maria♥ said...

Those cookies look great, big and chunky!


Manu said...

Beautiful cookies! Well done! LOL

Anna's kitchen table said...

At least you challenged yourself to do something you wouldn't usually. They look great though!

Pistachio and Rose said...

Just saw your cookies on Dom's blog, they look so yummy, I adore chocolate and peanut butter!

Crepes of Wrath said...

They look fabulous to me! The cookbook challenge is such a good idea, but I'm probably too chicken to try it. What if I land on something with like, 80 steps? I'd probably just keep flipping through (aka cheating) until I found a recipe that appealed to me. Kudos to you for having the courage to just go for it!

Rhyleysgranny said...

Aw thanks everyone. It was a fun challenge

P and R - How nice of you to take the time to come over and comment on my blog. Nice to see you x

CofW - I hadn't even thought about landing a recipe with 2 pages of instructions. If I had I wouldn't have been so gung ho about taking part. LOL.

Gloria Baker said...

My dear Brenda these cookies look yummy!!! gloria

Lesley said...

They certainly look good! Just wanted to say thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog. It is so reassuring to get such feedback from someone who has been blogging a lot longer than I have. I've just been reading some of your helpful tips too - some great ideas!

Rhyleysgranny said...

Gloria - Thank you.

Lesley - You are so welcome. Your Blog is looking so good. I am looking forward to lots more x