the peanut butter lover’s cookie

6 Feb

Peanut butter is one of these things you either love or hate. It is not particularly popular in Greece but thanks to my German mom I was introduced to it early on in my life. So yes, I definitely belong into the first category.

After a little bit of internet research I decided to make my own version of the pb cookie. When it comes to baking I NEVER attempt to create something from scratch. Baking needs the right quantity at the right temperature with the right fat, this is not for me you guys. I want to open the fridge, use my imagination and the ingredients on hand and improvise. That is why I cook and not bake. Just wanted to make that clear. I am a savoury kinda gal and I do enjoy chocolate and co occasionally but I get my junk food fix from other ridiculously unhealthy stuff like chips (or crisps if you are British).

This is the recipe of the easiest flourless pb cookie:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup of mini dark chocolate chips (optional)

I usually make my own peanut butter. It is dead easy, much healthier and a lot cheaper than what you can find here on the super market shelves. Place the peanuts into the bowl of a food processor. Process for 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Continue to process until the mixture is smooth. Depending on the food processor that could take up to 5 minutes. That’s it. Just be careful to use fresh peanuts as stale peanuts will produce a stale tasting peanut butter. I used ready salted peanuts to get that extra sweet and savoury kick I wanted my cookie to have. 

Preheat the oven to 175 C.  Mix the peanut butter, sugar, egg, baking powder and vanilla until well combined. Add the chocolate chips. I used a wooden spatula to incorporate everything.  Form dough, about 1 heaping tablespoon at a time into balls and place them on a baking sheet a bit apart. Flatten them with a fork. Bake until golden about 10 minutes (depending on the size of the cookies it might take a bit longer). Open the oven door and withhold yourself from eating the whole tray 😉
Enjoy!
 
Until next time,
 
love,
 
tatu
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18 Responses to “the peanut butter lover’s cookie”

  1. ramblingsfromamum February 6, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    The only time I eat PNB is from the jar on a spoon…yes my bad 😦 As far as cooking I use a recipe most times, unlike daughters who add a pinch of that, a sprinkle of this..no hang on it needs…. I am in awe no cook book required for a delicious meal. Grabs those cookies and runsssssss 🙂 xxxx

    • wonderlandbytatu February 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

      well I owe it all to the artistic and chaotic mom I have…she let me do whatever I wanted in the kitchen and use whatever ingredients I found…I got a bit more organised while I was studying in England and did all the cooking (and cleaning up) by myself…my sister on the other hand wants the exact recipe and follows it to the T when she cooks, funny how different siblings can be! thankfully N. & Yiannis liked them as well so I didn’t ‘have’ to devour the whole tray 😉

      • ramblingsfromamum February 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

        I recommended meditating mummy follow your blog – she is and is happy that she has found you. Well the English are renowned for doing it ‘properly’ 🙂 my mother is English so you know where I am coming from I hope when I say that. 🙂 xxxx

      • wonderlandbytatu February 6, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

        of course I know!! The Germans are known for being well organised as well, but my mother escaped that for some reason 😉

  2. Gaitanaki February 6, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Good morning Tatu!
    Lovely cookies! I have recently been introduced to peanut butter as part of a healthy program I am following and I really like it! It keeps me full for much longer than other spreads! Love it! Didn’t realize it was so easy to make though… Reading your post I got half tempted on making my own one day…. Hang on… The moments gone! Hahaha good to know though!

    • wonderlandbytatu February 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      hahahahaha….too funny! But you should try it, if you ever find peanuts and the food processor accidentally sitting next to each other, give it a try. Then again, I am thinking Tesco’s and I can’t think of a good enough reason not to buy the ready made stuff..I am sure they have all kinds 😉

  3. memyselfandkids February 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    I definitely fall into the category of peanut butter lover. I think it should be it’s own food group.

  4. sakuraandme February 6, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Oh no! I’m dieting and right now I so want one of those cookies! *Ack* LMAO
    Hugs Paula xxxx

    • wonderlandbytatu February 6, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

      I am supposed to be dieting as well but I am going through my down phase at the moment and I can’t be bothered with sacrificing one of my largest daily joys: food! xxx

  5. nothingbythebook February 6, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    It sounds so simple… really? All there’s to it? On the agenda if I get ambitious in the kitchen today…

    • nothingbythebook February 6, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

      (yes, I’m that enthused about cooking and baking these days that combining peanut butter with sugar requires ambition)

    • wonderlandbytatu February 6, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      yes, definitely simple and no hidden agenda!!

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