Saturday, March 14, 2015

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

I could never say no to peanut butter. And that has become a problem because once I make something with peanut butter, it tends to disappear too quickly. So I've found a solution. Making a small batch! Which is what I did with these cookies. I baked 8 cookies and left the dough safely in the freezer (but of course there's a drawback - I can't stop thinking about peanut butter dough which is in the freezer). That sounds like a serious obsession!
Ok, enough about my food obsessions. Now about these cookies. They're very crumbly and delicate with crunchy, buttery edges. Corn syrup, brown sugar and an extra egg yolk make these cookies super soft and moist in the middle. But that depends also on a baking time. DO NOT overbake these cookies. You have to remove them from the oven when they still look underbaked and way too soft when you try to press them. Trust me, they will firm up once they cool. Also, do not touch them immediately after taking out of the oven because they will fall apart. Let them rest on a baking tray for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a plate. To serve, dust with some powdered sugar and enjoy with your tea!

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies 

56g (1/2 stick / 4 tsbp) butter, softened
250g (1 cup) homemade peanut butter
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp corn syrup
200g (1 cup) light brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
125g (1 cup) flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cornstarch

1) In a large bowl, beat butter, peanut butter, salt, corn syrup and brown sugar until light and very fluffy. Add egg, egg yolk and continue beating until smooth.

2) In another bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and cornstarch. Stir the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix just until incorporated.

3) Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180C / 350F. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper. Form balls and flatten a little. These cookies will not spread.

3) Bake for 9-11 minutes. Do not overbake - if they look underbaked in the middle it's ok - they firm up while cooling. Remove from the oven and let sit on a counter for at least 10 minutes before removing from the baking tray. Dust with some powdered sugar.

Makes 28 cookies

Recipe by collecting memories

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