Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Peanut Butter Criss-Crosses


Before we get on with the recipe for this week, have you seen Dorie Greenspan's new book, Around My French Table? You must check this book out. I want to make virtually every recipe I've seen. You can find it on Amazon here. Go ahead, I'll wait here while you're away.

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Fall baking is definitely on the menu for the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers. This week's recipe, peanut butter criss-cross cookies, was chosen by Jasmine of Jasmine Cuisine.

I have a love affair, a very unhealthy love affair, with peanut butter. I love it on toast, in cookies, brownies, sandwiches, with celery, spread on chocolate fèves, from a spoon. Yeah, baby. Especially that last one.

The rapture that I read on the Internet about Dorie's peanut butter cookies recipe got me very excited. There is lots of peanut butter in her recipe, plus bonus chopped roasted salted peanuts to heighten the peanut flavor. You roll the cookie dough in sugar before smashing it with a fork (which she brilliantly recommends you dip in sugar...no more cookies stuck to the tines of the fork).

The first time I made it, I doubled the recipe, and some semisweet chocolate chips fell into half of the batch. Both were well received, but the peanut butter cookie purists eschewed the chocolate chips (what?!? and I bake for these people?) So I made the recipe again. This time I made the recipe with chopped honey roasted peanuts and this time some bittersweet chocolate chips found their way into half of the recipe. I hoped the honey roasted peanuts would provide the crunch and pop of flavor they did in this torte. While my tasters liked them as much as the roasted salted peanuts batch, they couldn't discern the difference.

The other change I made was to reduce the baking time for the second batch. I found the full 12 minutes made the cookies a little dry and crumbly, and I wanted a chewier cookie. Baked for 11 minutes they were fully baked but perfectly chewy, just about ideal in my book.

Check out what the other TWD bakers thought here. And many thanks to Jasmine for picking a great recipe!

17 comments:

Cakelaw said...

What - they eschewed the chocolate chips? No taste! Both batches sound good. Glad you've given Dorie's new book the thumbs up, because in an indulgent splurge, I ordered it this afternoon - though in Oz, I won't get it til the end of October, according to Amazon (sob!).

chocolatechic said...

I so wish I had had peanuts.

So I just added peanut butter chips instead.

They were great.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your cookies look delicious. I love chewy cookies!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your cookies look great! I love chewy cookies.

cindy said...

These were one good cookie but I do want to add chocolate!

Tia said...

I want that book!!! nice job on the cookies too :)
My version of these is PB and J thumprints. Great job this week!

Madam Chow said...

Honey roasted peanuts sound absolutely awesome.

And I'm with you on Dorie's new book!

Peggy said...

I can't wait to make the recipes in Dorie's new book. Your cookies look fantastic. Mine were a little too crisp. I like a chewier cookie as well.

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Mary said...

Hmm...I will try the shorter time frame next time. I can't wait to get my copy of AMFT!

Katrina said...

Yay for Dorie's new book.
Yum to your cookies. Goodness, you made a lot of them!
I added chocolate, too. Had to. Didn't have any peanuts. Chocolate it was!

Di said...

Thanks for the tip to reduce the baking time--my cookies had a great texture, nice and chewy. I bet my girls would have liked your chocolate addition. =)

jillbert said...

I thought these were wonderful with chocolate chips. And wonderful without them!

I have Dorie's new book, and I think I have that plate your cookies are on too :)

natalia said...

Ciao ! I love all your trials would have love to eat them with you !!

Flourchild said...

I could eat these cookies for days! Im glad you enjoyed them!

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

Hi Leslie! I love when chocolate chips just sneak into your cookie dough without asking ;)

These look really great! And to those purists... you have NO idea what you're missing out on ;)

Have you ever dipped an oreo into peanut butter? You haven't lived until you do!!

Kayte said...

Yep, me, too, love peanut butter. These were so great. Yours look like a party on that plate, I just love those big old polka dots on that plate...always makes me smile when I see it.