Peanut butter cookies


 

My goodness, this week has been a shit show. Both Rich and I got hideous colds. Not just bad colds but the In bed for a week colds. THE WORST. Thankfully early January isn't too busy for us so we were able to hide away in our apartment until we weathered the sick storm. Of course now it is safe to come out it's bloody freezing outside. Can't win. 

Today I finally felt better, so of course it was time to make cookies! I have made these a bunch of times but never gotten around to sharing them. bought a few sometimes from our local smoothie shop without realising that I had the recipe sitting at home. They are from the Ovenly cookbook, which is one of my faves, but I also took a lot of notes from the Queen herself, Deb of Smitten Kitchen.  These cookies only have four ingredients - Peanut butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. You simply whisk it all up, scoop them out, and bang them in the oven and it is a done deal! They are fudgy on the inside, and a lovely level of sweetness, balanced out by flaky sea salt on the top. They also happen to be dairy and gluten free, by some sort of happy accident (which in my opinion is the best way!). THE BEST EVER AND YOU HAVE TO TRY THESE.

I followed Deb's tips and froze the mixture both before scooping and before baking to help keep the striations on the top, but you can most definitely just scoop them out straight away if you are strapped for time / aren't as worried about the look of the tops. I used a 1/4 cup sized cookie scoop, which gave me 12 cookies, but you could use a 2 Tbsp scoop to make twice as many. If you don't have a cookie scoop in your life, I strongly suggest that you get one right away, they are a game changer (I have about four and use them all as much as each other) 

Ovenly suggests that you use Skippy peanut butter, which is, for those not from America, a smooth, more heavily processed peanut butter, as it helps them hold their shape well (For NZers, Kraft Smooth would work really well, otherwise any smooth peanut butter will work perfectly! I'm a big Eta or sanitarium fan) 

I converted both the peanut butter and sugar measurements into grams because I dunno about you, but measuring peanut butter with a cup seems to be a recipe for disaster. If you don't have scales, I highly suggest spraying the inside of the cup measure with a little baking spray before you start so that the peanut butter slides out nicely. Trust me on this one, it makes things much less sticky. And there is far less chance of getting it in your hair (Trust me on that one too) 

 

 

Peanut butter cookies
- Makes 12 large cookies or 24 smaller cookies. -

From Ovenly, following method by Smitten Kitchen 

1 3/4 cup (490g) Smooth peanut butter
1 3/4 cup (350g) packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract
Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, for finishing

- PROCESS -

Preheat oven to 350f/180c. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

In a large bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together until uniform and well combined, and you cannot see any streaks of peanut butter. (I started with a whisk and finished with a rubber spatula). 

Place the bowl of mixture in the freezer for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice. 

Using a 1/4 cup cookie scoop for larger cookies or a 2 Tbsp scoop for smaller cookies, scoop out portions onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving room for spreading. (I grouped them close together to begin with so they would fit in the freezer, then spread later for baking because we have a teeny freezer). 

Place the baking tray in the freezer for 15 minutes to allow the cookies to firm. 

Sprinkle with sea salt, and Bake for 19 to 22 minutes for large cookies, or 14 to 16 minutes for smaller, until golden brown around the edges. 

Allow to cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before removing using a spatula, and cooling completely on a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container.