There are a lot of shortcut recipes doing the rounds lately, with three-ingredient peanut butter cookies the latest trend to go viral (#CookingInTheTimeofTikTok!).
While I’m all for fuss-free few-ingredient baking, when it comes to cookies I have to admit I’m rather old-fashioned. I stick with what I know best: a classic family recipe adapted by my cousin who happens to be a star baker (I really can’t take credit for this one).
Tried and tested time again, it culminates in sheer joy. Gloriously-golden edged cookies which are equal parts sweet and salty, with all the craveable creaminess of peanut butter and gooeyness of melted chocolate chips!
- 3/4 cup All-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup Butter (room temp)
- 1/3 cup Peanut butter
- 1/2 Whipped egg
- 1/2 cup Caster sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt (I used sea salt)
- 1/4 tsp Baking soda
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup Dark chocolate chips/chunks (increase to 1 cup if you’d like your cookie more chocolatey)
- 1/3 cup Peanuts chopped (increase to 1/2 cup if you’d like your cookie super nutty)
- Preheat the oven at 180° C; and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whip the butter and sugar till fluffy; then add the peanut butter, egg and vanilla syrup and whip again.
- Sift the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl; mix to combine well.
- Fold in the flour mixture into the wet mixture, but be careful that you don’t over-mix! Finally, fold in the chocolate chips and peanuts.
- Scoop your cookie dough onto the baking parchment, flatten slightly with a fork and bake at 180° C for for 8-10 mins. Be sure to leave space between the cookies as they will expand whilst baking in the oven. You’ll know you’re done when the cookies are golden-edged but squidgy in the centre!
However, if you prefer your cookie to be evenly-crisp, with a not-so-tender crumb, then bake for slightly longer (15 minutes). While these crunchier cookies might be missing that melt-in-your-mouth chewy feel, they have a rather delicious bite to them too, pairing moreishly with an afternoon cup of coffee!
I’d love to hear from you! Do let me know if you try this recipe – leave a comment below; and tag me in your delicious creations on Instagram @the_foodiediaries.
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