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You know that food you absolutely must have after those big nights out? Those nights where you maybe have a bit too much to drink, not enough to eat, stay out wayyy too late, and get home only to realise that your driver has somehow by-passed Maccas and now you need to find that food to round out the night and help you get a decent sleep? Well, mine is toast. With crunchy peanut butter. Nutella too, if there's any in the house.
So I have a radical idea. A chocolate cookie. With peanut butter filling. Like a baked version of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Sous-Jeff is excited. So is the Kitchen Bug (although he's not really sure what he's excited about exactly, he just knows that people in the kitchen is always a good sign). I quickly Google peanut butter filled cookies, as I'm not really sure how to tackle the peanut butter filling, and find a stack of recipes. Some advocate mixing the peanut butter for the filling with flour, others recommend corn flour, others still suggest castor sugar. A few recipes advise the addition of icing sugar; that's that one that grabs me the most. My intuition says that the saltiness of the peanut butter would benefit from the sweetness of the icing sugar, toning it down a little and making it more cookie friendly. So, I whip out my 1 Dough, 100 Cookies book for my fail safe chocolate cookie recipe, recruit Sous-Jeff, and here's how it's done...
First, to make the filling, spoon three quarters of a 375g jar of crunchy peanut butter into a bowl and microwave for 15 - 20 seconds. Then, add 3 tsp of icing sugar, mix to combine, and refrigerate until ready to use.
For the cookies,
- 225g butter, softened
- 140g castor sugar
- 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 225g plain flour
- 70g cocoa powder
Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon. Then, beat in the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Sift together the flour and cocoa, then mix in thoroughly until combined.
Next comes the hard part - putting them together. Scoop out a tablespoon-sized ball of dough, and gently flatten it on the baking paper.
Take the peanut butter mixture out of the fridge, and spoon a little bit (about a teaspoon worth) into the middle of the flattened dough.
This is a little tricky and time consuming - it works best if you wash and completely dry your hands in between every few cookies. Once that's done, into the oven they go, for 15 minutes.
|In they go...|
|... and out they come!|
The chocolatey cocoa hits you first, they the stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth gooeyness of the peanut butter... just really, really yummy! Also had one very, very happy friend who was visiting from Hepburn Springs, who went home with a box full of these bad boys. Next time I'm planning a big night out, I'll be sure to have a batch of these on stand by!
So, what are your favourite post-big-night-out comfort foods?!