Saturday, 26 April 2008

Peanut Butter Cookies Loaded for Bear

It's a party in a cookie, which made me think it was a good entry for The Great Peanut Butter Exhibition cookie contest. Every bite brings a slightly different balance of flavours - all them yummy. We usually just refer to them as "Everything Cookies" around here, and they are guaranteed to vanish like snowballs in July.

Edited to add: 2nd place! Allright!

36 cookies
30 minutes - 10 minutes prep time

Peanut Butter Cookies Loaded for Bear, or Everything Cookies
1 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup finely chopped preserved ginger

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup Sucanat or dark brown sugar
1 extra-large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup soft unbleached or soft whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt*

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 cookie trays with parchment paper. Measure out the first 5 ingredients and set them aside.

Cream the butter and beat in the peanut butter. Beat in the Sucanat, the egg and the vanilla. Mix the baking soda and salt* into the flour. Mix the flour into the peanut butter mixture to form a smooth dough.

Mix the first 5 ingredients into the cookie dough. Scoop the dough out with a 1" disher or other small scoop and arrange the cookies thus formed on the prepared cookie trays. Give them room, but they won't spread extravagantly. Flatten the cookies slightly. Bake them for 9 to 11 minutes, until lightly browned. Let them cool for at least 5 minutes on the tray before attempting to remove them to finish cooling.

*The peanut butter I used was so purely peanut that it didn't even contain salt; neither were my peanuts or butter salted. Consequently, I added a teaspoon of salt and it was right. However, if you are using salted products, you may need to adjust the quantity of salt downwards, considerably.


Nick said...

Mmmm....I love chunky cookies and these have such an awesome assortment in them, they sound incredible! The ginger must impart such a great flavor, I'd love to try them. Preserved ginger? I don't think I've ever seen that before. I'll have to keep my eyes open. Thanks for entering!

- The Peanut Butter Boy

Bellini Valli said...

We would love these chunky peanut butter cookies. They have all the food groups in one bite:D

giz said...

These are awesome - the lack of sodium is particularly interesting to me. I also like the efact that there's a substantial bite in each cookie.

Ferdzy said...

Giz... between the baking soda and the salt they will have quite a bit of sodium! I'm just noting that depending on what you use in the way of peanut products, there may be other sources of salt besides the teaspoon I call for.

Kevin said...

These peanut butter cookies sound great! I never would have thought to use the coconut, raisins and preserved ginger in a peanut butter cookie.

E said...

Congratulations on your second place win! These cookies look scrumptious and loaded with all sorts of things I love. Thanks again for your participation in the first event, hope to see more entries from you as The Great Peanut Butter Exhibition continues.

Dee said...

Wow, these are loaded with some pretty intense flavours! Congratulations, and this goes on my ever expanding Cook This list :)