Thursday, September 3, 2009

Peanut Chews (Treats for Co-Irkers and FPF)

I am not a bird killer, nor a promoter of such an activity. But if I were, I can only imagine the thrill one would get from acquiring the skill and accuracy it must take to kill two with one stone.

Figuratively speaking, I did just that today. I finished off two feathered fowl in one fell swoop by combining both Treats For Co-Irkers and Food Processor Fridays into a single post. If this happens to become a future Olympic event, I now feel somewhat qualified. And if I ever figure out how to kill three birds with one stone by including the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge, I will consider entering the next local Triblogathon. (That's where the real money and Nike sponsorship is, don'tcha know.)

Peanut Chews (adapted from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking)

1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup water
2 TBSP dark corn syrup or honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper or Silpat.

Process peanuts with metal blade until finely ground. Remove to small bowl. Set aside.

Place peanut butter, sugars, egg, water, corn syrup, vanilla, baking soda and salt into processor bowl. Pulse to thoroughly combine.

Add flour and ground peanuts. Pulse until well combined. The dough will be somewhat stiff.

Drop the dough by tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheet. Press the top of each cookie with a fork to make a crisscross design, flattening the cookies to about 1/2" thick. Dip the fork in cold water if it starts to stick.

Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and transfer them to a rack to cool.

This recipe will yield 2 dozen cookies (plus two that you eat yourself and two that you're kind enough to share with your hubby and daughter)


Jennifer said...

These look SO good and I love the whole grain kick to them!

Co Irker said...

Protein and whole grain - how very healthy for us! Yes, I am ignoring the whole sugar and syrup thing. Let me believe what I want.

And I believe these are good - real good. As one of the guys said today, "I'm gonna put Mrs. Lauer on my Christmas card list." - and, yes, that is a very high compliment from these guys. They're country boys, alright?

Also, I'm so glad that you were able to combine posts and if you can do the trifecta - we will gladly reap the rewards.

Thank you, our peanut butter pocessing petunia.


stephchows said...

Me and PB cookies go wayyy back. I can't help but grab one if they are around!

Snooty Primadona said...

I think they might consider a new Olympic event if they saw your cookies! I love peanut butter cookies more than anything in the cookie world & these look just like the ones my M-I-L used to make. C. O. M. F. O. R. T.

Nina Timm said...

ng here is the black coffee......I can even feel the peanut butter clinging to my palate!!!Yum!

June said...

Ohh, I'm so craving a PB cookie and these look divine. Dipped in Hershey's Choco sauce I'd probably swoon! Can't ever keep any baked goods around here for hollers to me from the cupboard (or the freezer). Loved the "two birds" - like your kinda' dove huntin' better.

Moogie said...

You do know that you are the up and coming new Martha Stewart. You heard it here first.

Mags said...

Jennifer: Thanks for commenting!

Co Irker: I love that you see I'm trying to keep you guys somewhat healthy. Protein and whole grains make it possible to eat cookies for breakfast. YAY! And... I get so tickled to see what my title is going to be each week. Peanut Butter Processing Petunia...that's me!

Steph: I know you like whole grains too and these were really good.

Snooty: You're right. PB cookies are definitely comfort food.

Nina: YUM... exactly! Thanks for commenting.

June: Good thing every last one of these got sent to work with hubby or your suggestion of dipping them in chocolate would have me running for the cupboard. RIGHT NOW!

Moogie: You're trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear with that (Didn't Martha already do that?)

{kiss my spatula} said...

i LOVE pb cookies and yours look superb!

Mags said...

Kiss: Thanks!

mommythecook said...

Mags, these cookies look incredible ! I love your blog... its so sweetly personal & your recipes rock !

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Mmmm... these look delicious! They look like the PB cookies my grandmother used to make, which I love!

Mags said...

Mommy: Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to comment!

Jen: Grandma's cookies just can't be beat, can they?

Barb said...

I made these today and they came out very yummy- I had to switch to my mixer at the last moment- my processor could not handle all the dough- I had my doubts but 3 cookies later can state they are pretty good!