Saturday, August 7, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookies

Tried out David Lebovitz's Peanut Butter Cookies from his cookbook, Ready for Dessert. My previous attempts at peanut butter cookies ain't so successful because it's so tough playing with peanut butter! It either ends up too dry or if you incorporate more butter to tackle the dryness, it ends up lacking of the nutty taste. His recipe counter-ed the problem by using melted instead of room temperature butter. Omg so smart lol

He also suggested rolling the cookie dough on granulated sugar before baking. The result is a crunchy cookie with chewy centre. Love the occasional crunch I get from the freshly rolled on sugar before baking. I thought that that is really ingenious. There's so much punch in each cookie that it literally feels like eating peanut butter in a cookie form. Great for peanut butter lovers. But I'm not so crazy over peanut butter, this is just one of the to-do items in my baking list =p

The only thing is the recipe states that it yields 30 cookies and despite following the instructions closely to make 1 inch-ed size dough for each cookie. I ended up with a 75-strong army of peanut butter cookies. No harm having more though haaaa! Am also kinda happy that my cookies look pretty to similar to what he has posted on his facebook heehee!!

Peanut Butter Cookies (adapted from David Lebovitz's Peanut Butter Cookies)

175g all purpose flour
115g unsalted butter, melted
260g creamy peanut butter
100g white sugar, more for rolling before baking
120g brown sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

1. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt
2. Cream white and brown sugar, melted butter and peanut butter in hand mixer until smooth
3. Beat in egg and mix well
4. Add flour mixture to wet mixture and mix until dough just comes together
5. Chill cookie dough overnight
7. Let dough come to room temperature
8. Preheat oven to 175°C
9. Pinch dough to make 1 inch sized balls and roll in granulated sugar before flattening it with a fork to make criss cross pattern
10. Bake for 9-10 mins and transfer to wire rack to cool...and profittttt!!! xD

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