Recipe of the week: Peanut butter and dark chocolate cookies

Peanut butter and dark chocolate cookies recipe

This week I’m back on the sweet stuff. Seen as yesterday was national peanut butter day (seriously – there is a day for everything it seems), I thought I’d share a recipe for peanut butter and dark chocolate cookies. A former colleague introduced me to these and she used to make them using a lactose free alternative to butter. You couldn’t tell and they were just as good, so if you don’t want to use butter then you can still make them without, and of course without the chocolate. She took the recipe from Baking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale, but I’ve adapted it and added some chocolate, because, well what’s not better with chocolate?! I like anything that’s super indulgent and these really tick that box! I don’t bother adding extra nuts on top – it’s more faff and I think the chocolate adds more!

Peanut butter and dark chocolate cookies

Peanut butter and dark chocolate cookies

Serves: Makes 12 according to the recipe but I make 16 and they are plenty big enough!

Ingredients:

130g /4 ½ oz butter, softened

200g /7 oz soft light brown sugar

1 medium egg

½ tsp of vanilla extract

200g /7 oz plain flour

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

300g /10 ½ oz peanut butter

100g dark chocolate (I just chopped up a bar as I didn’t have chips – you get bigger chunks that way too. Win!)

Recipe

Preheat the oven to 170°C /150°C fan.

Using an electric beater, cream together the butter and the sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extra and mix well. Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of sod. I then mix in with a wooden spoon as the mixture gets stiff and biscuit like. Then add the chocolate (if using) and the peanut butter.

Peanut butter and dark chocolate cookies

Peanut butter and dark chocolate cookies

The mixture will be a thick sticky dough.

Peanut butter and dark chocolate cookies

Using your hands make little balls of dough. Place on a large baking tray, spaced at least 10cm (4 in) apart. I put six each on a baking sheet. Flatten the balls slightly with the back of a fork.

Peanut butter and dark chocolate cookies

Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until the cookies start to go golden brown.  I prefer to take them out at 12 minutes as I like the squidgy slightly undercooked cookie. They will be really really soft when you take them out but they will cool and firm up on the tray.

Leave to cool completely on the baking tray… if you can resist not diving into one first.

Peanut butter and dark chocolate cookies

Enjoy with a cuppa!

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Peanut Butter And Dark Chocolate Cookies Recipe

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6 Comments

  1. 26th January 2017 / 11:31 am

    Oh my goodness, those look amazing!

  2. 29th January 2017 / 4:20 pm

    Yum, I’ve been looking for an easy peanut butter cookie recipe and this is great because it uses all things I always keep in my store cupboard. Definitely pinning for later x #foodiefriday

    • thisismenow
      29th January 2017 / 4:23 pm

      Do it, you won’t be disappointed! Xx

    • thisismenow
      2nd February 2017 / 7:21 pm

      Haha that is weird! Embrace it!! X

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