I decided to start with something I’ve made before, but been wanting to make again for ages: peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. Not the most healthy way to kick things off but what did you expect from a baking blog?!
I found this recipe on the UKTV good food website, and followed it pretty much exactly, apart from using milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate chips. Here’s what you need:
70g softened butter (I use stork)
55g caster sugar
60g dark brown sugar
125g smooth peanut butter (I guess you could use crunchy peanut butter and give them a little more texture)
125g plain flour
Half a tsp baking powder
100g milk chocolate chips
It says it makes 25 biscuits but I only got 14 medium sized ones.
- Preheat your oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line and grease your baking sheet(s)
- Cream the butter with both types of sugar till light and fluffy. Although I have to say it’s fairly dense compared to normal caster sugar and butter, so don’t worry if it’s a bit thick.
- Beat in the egg, then add the peanut butter and mix well. As a rule I like to mix things with my hands wherever possible, but DO NOT do this with your hands because it is horrendously sticky and you will NEVER get it off. So please please please use a wooden spoon. It should be smelling absoutely beautiful, and looking something like this:
4. Fold in the flour and baking powder, then stir in the chocolate drops. The mix should be looking a bit firm now but it’s still pretty sticky so I still wouldn’t recommend using your hands to mix it. Here’s what it looks like now:
5. So now we’re ready to roll them into balls and pat them down on the greased baking tray. Leave plenty of space between them so they can expand a bit. Here are mine, I’d reccomend flattening them a bit more than I did so they’re thinner and wider:
They took 20 minutes in my oven but just keep an eye on them and take them out when they’re golden brown around the outside. If you do make them thinner, they will take less time to bake.
They taste absolutely amazing – they literally melt in the mouth. I would definitely recommend this recipe! So easy, and yet the outcome is really special.
So, today’s lesson: peanut butter is amazing to bake with! I’ll definitely be looking for other ways to incroporate it into baking recipes, watch this space!