Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Adventurous Female Seeks Robust, Peanutty Cookie for Longterm Relationship

The other day I was making something with peanut butter--I think it was this wonderful West African Chicken Peanut Stew, which might sound iffy but I promise is really wonderful--and my husband, who was lurking around the kitchen stealing bites of everything, started making big puppy dog eyes at the peanut butter.

He proceeded to toy with my emotions as he told he how much he looooves peanut butter cookies and hasn't had a good one in years, and his love of the cookies stems back to the time in grade school when his mom used to make chocolate-dipped peanut butter cookies to celebrate his birthday, and he would bring them to school, and all the kids loved them, and loved him, and his mom too...

Well, by the end of this story, how could I not make him some cookies? And did I mention the puppy-dog eyes?

Unfortunately, these particular cookies were nothing to go gaga over. I used a recipe from the usually-reliable Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, but they were pretty blah. Not a strong peanut butter flavor, and a weirdly soft, insubstantial texture. At one point we described them as "wussy." Certainly nothing you'd want to bring to school on your birthday!


So if you have an awesome peanut butter cookie recipe, I'd love to hear about it--either a book recommendation or a link to an online recipe. Our ideal PB cookie has a strong peanut flavor, and a nice chewy heft (but I do prefer the ones with flour, as opposed to the simple pb/egg/sugar combos.) Thanks, yo!

10 comments:

  1. My favorite recipe is a flourless one but I just made these ones (with flour) and they are amazing!
    http://spikebakes.blogspot.com/2010/02/peanut-caramel-cookies-operation-baking.html

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  2. Hey, I came up with a recipe for peanut butter cookies that have a really great chewy texture. The peanut butter flavor is good, though in the future I'm going to work on it being a bit more peanutty.

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  3. My favorite is the one in Dorie's "Baking" book. I think they are fantastic.

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  4. I know I'm no cookie pro...but my family likes the recipe on the back of the Jif Crunchy peanut butter jar. Crunchy is the way to go tho...none of this creamy stuff!! :-)

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  5. Sorry these cookies weren't it for you, but I LOVE the concept. How have I lived for 37 years without ever thinking to dip PB cookies in chocolate? I've made Dorie's PB cookies before and like them. I'll definitely check back to see what other people recommend!

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  6. Hmm...well they look great anyway :)

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  7. They sure look tempting covered in chocolate! My standby PB cookie is pretty crisp. I love them with M&Ms mixed in! Geez, now I want to make some.

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  8. Thanks, guys! I'm thinking I need to have a PB cookie bake-off with Spike's, Christina's, Dorie's, and Jif's recipes (all dipped in chocolate, of course.)

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  9. did you try the one my mom submitted in the family cookbook? you should

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  10. Throw into that bake-off another, I got from Anna's Cookie Madness site just yesterday and actually made them. They are great. One Bowl Criss Cross PB Cookies. Easy and yummy! A dip into a chocolate pool sounds fabulous--I mean for the cookies of course!

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