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From the Biscuit barrel… classic American Peanut butter & Choc Chip Cookies

July 14, 2012

This weekend’s biscuit/cookie of choice is the classic American cookie, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip …. wholesome, almost good for you… perfect with big mug of tea, or hot milk if its bed time!  Size-wise this cookies are so big, you will definitely only need one!

First, gather together the ingredients.  You will need: 240g unsalted butter, 225g caster sugar, 225g soft brown sugar, 3 medium eggs, half tsp vanilla extract, 250g crunchy peanut butter, 350g plain foour, 2.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda, half tsp salt, 75g dark chocolate chips, 40g chopped unsalted peanuts, 30g chopped salted peanuts (or 70g of one or the other!)

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3 / 170deg C / 325 deg F and line 4 baking sheets with greaseproof paper.

Method:   Put the butter and both sugars into a free-standing mixer and cream together until lovely and light in colour.  Add the three eggs, one at a time – mixing well in between each addition.  Next add the peanut butter and mix until just incorporated.  Take the bowl off the mixer stand, add the vanilla extract, flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt, pop back on the stand and beat together on a slow to medium speed.

Finally, remove the bowl, clean down the beater and scrape the sides down.  Mix together with a couple of stirs of a spoon.  Now add in the peanuts (chopped) and chocolate chips.  Stir again with the spoon until evenly distributed.

Take scoops of mixture, quite generously sized,  form into balls and place on the baking sheets – again, maximum of 6 cookies per baking sheet.  Bake in the middle of the oven, for about 10-12 minutes, until they are an even golden brown in colour.  Turn once towards the end of the baking time for even cooking.

Once out of the oven, leave to cool on the baking sheet for a few moments, then finish off by cooling on a wire rack.

Enjoy.

Denise x

PS: if you haven’t got any chocolate chips, you can chop up bars of plain chocolate into rough chunks – that will work just as well.

PPS: thank you America for this scrumptious cookie!

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