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Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies



I freely confess that I am a bit of a cookie monster at heart. I do love cakes and pies, but I think cookies are one of my favourite things of all. So much so that I daren't have them in the house too often.

For fear of going overboard with the tasting. When my children were growing up I ate far too many of the first ones coming out of the oven. I could not help myself. They just got in my mouth and before I knew it I would have munched back half a dozen or so.


Yes, I am totally lacking in self control.  And yes, it shows. My hips don't lie. Albeit in a far different way than the intent of that same song sung by Shakira! 

One of my favourite cookies, aside from chocolate chip, has to be peanut butter cookies.  I am a nut (no pun intended) for peanut butter cookies!


My favourite store boughts are Nutter Butters, and Pirate Cookies.  Both because of the peanut butter flavours. I also like Maple Leaf Cookies, but they are a close second to anything peanut butter.

Homemade are always infinitedly better than store bought however. My children always had homemade cookies when they were growing up.


She didn't have time for baking. Until my sister and I got old enough to do it, there was only store bought cookies in our house, except for at Christmas time.

I was very lucky in that I was able to stay home with my children when they were growing up.  I always had a plate or tin of fresh baked something awaiting them when they got home from school. Nobody complained.


These Peanut Butter Cookies turn out very much like Molasses Crinkle cookies.  They are crisp and sport those same wrinkles and crinkles in them.

They are also coated in sugar prior to baking.  They puff right up and then sink, which creates those lovely, tasty wrinkles.


Or course they are lovely just as is.  Singularly. Enjoyed with a cold glass of milk.

But you know me, I like to add things. I like to stretch the taste boundaries. I think double cookies are great. Filled cookies.  Twice the cookie, twice the fun.

 
Crisp and delicious and sandwiched together with some lush frosting. In this case a lush peanut butter frosting.

Creamy and delicious.  And generous as well. What's the point in filling your cookies if you can't notic the filling?


What's the point indeed. If you are going to go to all the trouble of making a cookie and then an icing, and if you are going to fill them with the icing . . . 

Why not be generous!  What's the point in skimping. In for a penny, in for a pound has always been my motto!


So what if it squishes out a tiny bit when you bit into them.  Isn't that half the pleasure of having a frosting filled cookie?

And why have double stuff in the middle unless its going to ooze out.  That way you get to lick around the edges like an ice cream cone.

Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies


In this case a crisp, sugary crusted buttery peanut butter cookie.  Have I tempted you yet? 

Just look a that creamy filling. Knowing it is rich with peanut butter flavour makes me hungry all over again.  I am using all of my willpower to try not to go over to the cupboard and get one out right now.



I found myself wondering yesterday how these would be with an added layer of raspberry jam.  I resisted the impulse, but it really did tempt me to want to try it.

Peanut butter and jam is a quintessential pairing of great taste.  At least to North Americans.  The British don't get it. They think we're crazy.



Perhaps a bit, but what a wonderful way to go.  Thinking on this it reminds me of these Peanut Butter and Jam cookies I used to make a long time ago.  I haven't made them in ages.

They had a dollop of jam baked into the centres prior to baking.  A peanut butter drizzle icing graced the top of the finished and cooled cookies. They had the wow factor for sure.

Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies


 These do too however.  Especially when fresh and served with ice cold glasses of milk. Cookies and milk. Another quintessential pairing that I love. 

I really hope that you will be inspired to want to bake these lush cookies.  I think you will come to love them every bit as much as I do, especially if you like the flavours of peanut butter. Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies, filled with peanut butter buttercream.

As Martha would say, they're a good thing.  A VERY good thing!

Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies
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Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies

Yield: Makes about 15 filled cookies
Author: Marie Rayner
prep time: 10 Mincook time: 14 Mintotal time: 24 Min
A crisp and old fashioned sugar coated peanut butter cookie, put together in pairs with a lush peanut butter cream icing!

Ingredients

For the cookies:
  • 1/2 cup (120g) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (90g) smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (95g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) soft light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large free range egg
  • 1 1/4 cups (175g) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • More sugar for rolling
For the peanut frosting filling:
  • 1/3 cup (60g) smooth peanut butter
  • 2 cups (260g) sifted icing sugar
  • milk as needed (about 1/4 cup or 60ml)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5.  Line a couple of baking trays with some baking paper. Set aside.
  2. Cream both butters and the sugars together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg until smooth.  Sift together the flour, soda and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture, combining well.
  3. Have ready a bowl of granulated sugar.
  4. Shape spoonfuls of the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in the sugar in the bowl and place onto the baking sheets, leaving  about 2 inches of space between each. Press down lightly with a fork.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until set and golden brown.
  6. Leave to cool on the baking sheets for five minutes before lifting off to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. To make the peanut butter filling.  Beat the peanut butter and icing sugar together with enough milk to give you a fluffy, creamy and smooth mixture.
  8. Sandwich the cookies together in pairs with some of the icing in the middle.
  9. Store any leftovers in an airtight container.
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  1. I laughed at "I found myself wondering yesterday how these would be with an added layer of raspberry jam." There is a store bought biscuit in Australia called Monte Carlo that has that raspberry jam layer and I've had a go at making my own version as they aren't available here in Sweden :)

    You are right in that outside of North America the idea of peanut butter and jam together is seen as very odd. It was doubly odd for me when reading books that spoke of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I nearly gagged, as for us, jelly is what you would call jello. Definitely not something you'd have on a sandwich. Mind you, I grew up eating peanut butter spread on celery sticks, so I can't talk.

    These sound really nice - a double whammy of peanut flavour. I love that they are sandwiched together - something a little different. I'll add peanut butter to my shopping list - it's not something I buy very much any more as The Swede doesn't eat it (except in biscuits, cakes or sauces) and the jar would just sit there.

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    1. I was really happy with how these turned out. They are incredibly addictive I have to warn you! I may give them a layer of jam next time I mae them! I am crazy for peanut butter anything! I swear my veins are full of the stuff! Oops maybe that's not a good thing? lol xoxo

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  2. I needed something to make this morning and this perfectly fits the bill, I’m not ready to start my Christmas baking and this will be great! Thanks Marie! I’ll let you know how I make out, I truly am the blind baker now so Garry will be my eyes,,

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    1. I am sure you will do wonderfully Laurie! God bless Garry! Love and hugs, xoxo

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