Friday, 24 July 2009

Peanut Butter Cookies

Hi Friends, Hope you all are doing good there. Before I go I thought of sharing this wonderful recipe with you all. You should be thinking all of a sudden, where am I off to...Yeah, I just forgot to mention that in my previous post ;only after posting it struck my mind. We are shifting to a new place by the end of this month and so I got soooooooo much of packing to do (while my son unpacks......grrrr). Since my little one keeps me busy full time, I just couldn't do much packing. I try packing things, he just pulls the stuffs out of the box and drag them away and then try to sit inside the box!!!.I don't know what he is up to, but I then thought I will stay up late tonight and do some packing...... At present we are in the southern tip of UK which is comparatively warmer and sunnier than anywhere in the UK. And now we are moving to the north, 7 hours drive from here...We will be moving again after two months from there to another place. We should be there for few years. Its so cold there in the North, I am just not very happy going there thinking of the chilling weather up north and have been moaning since the time my husband got his new job there. Probably once I settle down there, I will be fine.....Don't think I am trying to be a bit British here. Anyone who live in the UK, will just wish for some streak of sunlight after the long nasty winter which is always cloudy and raining and sometimes snowing. If it is up north always snowing in winter. God!!! I remember, when I was in UAE, where most of the year is warm, sorry, smoking HOT, how crazy everyone including me used to go crazy when it rains. I used to wave my hands outside the window to get hold of few drops of rain in my hand. It just rains once or twice in a year and may be not even that. It is such a bright country and always sunny. It is really really hot during the summer in UAE....It always hits 50 degrees Celsius during July-August!!! But the winter is really cool. When I used to be in UAE, I felt the winter was terribly cold. I used to wear 2 sweaters and sit under the blanket and still shivering. After coming here, I really came to know what real winter is....

Anyways all I wanted to say is that, I don't really know how long it will take to get the Internet connection in the new place, so I might not be able to blog for sometime. Sometimes, we might get the connection in a weeks time, may be less or more. This will be my last post before leaving, But I surely will be checking on my blogger buddies' updates and new posts until I leave.

About the Peanut butter cookies, I came across these wonderfully crunchy and crumbly cookies from Divya’s blog. The look of the cookies itself was was so inviting and tempting. So I baked it a couple of days back and it was really good. I love peanuts and I love peanut butter, so for me these cookies were a slice of heaven. So if you are someone like me who loves peanuts, you will love these cookies. As usual, I have the habit of playing with the dough through out baking. I keep adding different ingredients to see how it tastes. I wanted to add some chopped peanuts, but dint have any but used few other ingredients to seee how well it pairs with the peanut cookies. With these amount of ingredients and if you are using a teaspoonful of dough you should get 3 dozen cookies! Isn't that a huge amount? I made it in three batches. The 1 st batch, I just made plain cookies, without making any changes. The second batch, I rolled the cookie balls in a mixture of cinnamon powder and sugar, then pressed it and baked it. It tasted heavenly. And the third batch, After the cookie was baked and cooled, I melted some bitter sweet chocolate and drizzled on top......For me the winner is the Chocolate drizzled peanut butter cookies. You can see all the three types I made in the picture provided. The chocolate and the peanut butter cookies works so well. If you want to be bit more 'Chefy', you can place Hershey's kisses in the centre of cookie. It tastes sooooooooooooo good. Talking about this fabulous cookie, it's the recipe of Betty Crocker and I followed the ingredients as such.


Here is the recipe:
Ingredients:
1/2 cup castor sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar (I used demerara sugar)
1/2 cup Peanut butter
1/4 cup Shortening (I used vegetable oil)
1/4 cup Butter (room temperature)
1 Ex-large Egg
1 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour/Maida
3/4 teaspoon Baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt

Preparation:

1. In a large bowl, combine together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, shortening, egg and mix well. In another bowl, whisk well the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Slowly add the flour mixture to the first prepared mixture and knead slowly to form a soft dough.
2. Place the dough in the refrigerator for two hours or until firm. Line 2 cookie sheets with baking paper. Then take a heaped teaspoonful of the dough, form into ball shape by rolling it in your palm, Place it in the cookie sheet then press in crisscross pattern to flatten them using a fork dipped into sugar. make sure you leave at least 2" between each cookie because they really expand while baking.
3. Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. Place the cookies in the middle rack and bake for about 13-14 minutes until it turns golden. (The original recipe asks to make a 1 1/4 inch ball and bake at 375 degree Fahrenheit (190 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 9-10 minutes. I thought 375 was 180 degrees, only realised it wasn't after my cookies took longer time than mentioned in the recipe. But don't worry, they turned out perfect. I normally do almost all baking at this temperature, cos that's the safest temperature for many cakes and cookies.)
4. Cool for 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheet and Cool on wire rack. This cooling on wire rack is essential, because this allows the steam to escape, which otherwise will get absorbed and make your cookies soaky. After it is completely cooled, store in airtight containers.

N.B: Don't attempt to remove the cookie from the sheet as soon as they come out of the oven, because they will be very soft and will crumble.

23 comments:

Sushma Mallya said...

hi shabs....this cookies also looks yum and delicious....and thanks for visiting and joining in....

Faiza Ali said...

yummmmm, they look soo soft and yummy. Perfect for kids.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow....crunchy and yummy....love those chocolate glazed ones....

Ann said...

Shabs,I always feel that we humans complain about the weather often..when its too hot,we sigh and comment,"ho how hot..when its going to rain." and haha,after 5 days of rain,our opinion change..am i right da ? lol
I love London too..hey,but i love the lill one of yours more..you are goin nuts now ? haha..enjoy shifting..take care

Pooja said...

Oh I know hard it is to move from one place to another with all the packing involved, not to mention with little ones around! Drains all your energy. But I guess you would get adjusted to the cold weather after staying there for some time. Would be togh at first!

The peanut butter cookies look so delicious Shabs! I have to try this sometime. I love peanut butter and I often snack on it too much to the amazement of my hubby!

Reg: your query about visibility of followers widget:This is a temporary problem which hasnt been solved yet. At least thats what I read some time back. It will become normal after some time. Or you may try changing your browser. For me this happened with Google Chrome for one whole day and then I switched to Firefox until the problem got resolved! But nothing would happen to your followers list. So dont worry :)

Pooja said...

I guess the prob got resolved automatically! I can see your followers now!

Pavithra said...

I know how it is difficult to do the shifting works with kids, anyway all the best and sure we will miss your posting too.. settle well and come back soon for regular routine. By the way the cookies are looking so good and perfect..

Varsha Vipins said...

aww..loling at ur son's cuteness Shabs..I know now if it happens to me,il go mad.."arantammakku pranthu pidichal.." u knw that line..hehe..I know shift can be hectic..take care n wishes dear..
not a big fan of peanut butter or cookies..so can just say that it has come out nice..:)

Divya Vikram said...

Hi Shabs, Am so happy that you tried the recipe. Am definitely going to try it with the choc drizzle and cinnamon next time I bake these! And I know how hectic moving can get. Anyways enjoy the move!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Shab, its 52 C here in the UAE today, feels like i might jst evaporate. The cukies luk delicious and thanks for ur reply regarding the tiramisu
Zeb

Smitha said...

Shifting is a big deal. Packing and unpacking etc. OOOF!
I did see this recipe recently. Nice that u acknowledged the original author.

Parita said...

I know what you are going thru..m too shifting to a new place this week and packing has not yet started fully..gosh i hate shifting...

Parita said...

OOPs i forgot to mentione, cookies look awesome, love that cute decoration on the top!

Pooja said...

Saw your query Shabs reg recipe index creation. Glad you liked it. I got the idea from Mishmash's blog. Do check hers too. With basic HTML coding you can achieve this. Upload your pics and obtain link to each. Create HTML table, a table row(tr) for each row and table data(td) for each data. Yes it takes time to make but will be really useful :)

Prathibha said...

They look lovely with that choc nest..

Smitha said...

Have something for u on my blog:)

Shabs.. said...

Sushma, thx for stoping by.

Faiza, thx for ur lovely comment.

Lubna, thx. They really are good.

Ann,U r very right about that ann, Humans are nevr happy. They will never be happy even after
conquering the whole world.:)

Pooja, thx for the lovely comments and the help. Much appreciated.

Pavithra, thx sweety.

Varsha, I dono about that proverb. My sis shud be good at it...u shud have completed it...hehe..

Divya.:)

Zeb, Thanks dear for ur sweet comments.when u told me u might evaporate at 52 C, my college days came to my mind.... used to sweat like pig in the sun.God....

Smitha:)

Parita, thanks.

Prathibha, thanks for the comments.

Maria said...

hey shabs

great cookies, I think I will like the plain one the best :) and hey happy shifting!! btw, you are always welcome to Bahrain to enjoy the sun, its almost same as UAE :)

Yasmeen said...

Scrumptious cookies ,shabs:D. I know what you are talking living in cold\snowy place is no fun,I'm kinda vexed up of long winters here.we are moving couple of hours down south this month,Inshallah.

vidhas said...

Mouthwatering cookies, Nice presentation. Shifting is really a great job especially with kids. Take care and enjoy, :-)

Faiza Ali said...

Hey dear, I have awards and tag for you on my blog. Please accept them dear.

Seena said...

Shaby, net kittiyal mail ayakkutto... was thinking what happend to you.. :)

Shabs.. said...

Maria, thx for the offer, Will visit bahrain, whenever possible:)

Vidhas, thx for ur lovely comments.

faiza, thx for the tag and awards.

Seena, thx for checking on me....that's so nice of u dear...

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