Feb 12, 2009

Peanut Cookies

 

Let me start by saying I really, really like my intro photo. It came out exactly as I wanted it to! *beams*

Valentine’s day is right around the corner and I have a confession to make: it does nothing for me. Absolutely nothing, nada, zip. Aside from the fact I’m about as romantic as a light bulb, it’s way too commercial for me. I’ve never cared much for over-commercialized holidays. Having said that; I have to admit I’ll use any excuse to make these cookies and, well, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, right? So what are you waiting for? Break out the heart shaped cookie cutter!

 

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
5 oz soft butter (150 gr)
5 oz unsalted peanuts (150 gr)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp salt
orange zest
1 egg

 

Directions:

I’m not much of a baker. Somehow things never come out pretty when I make them. But it’s all about the flavor, at least that’s what I like to tell myself!

Butter. My cookies are no different, they all start with butter. I’ve cut up 5 oz butter and let it soften on the kitchen counter. Why aren’t there no-butter & no-sugar yet fabulous tasting cookies around?

 

The recipe calls for 1 cup sugar, but since I prefer slightly less sweetened cookies and top them with confectioners sugar, I went for 3/4 cup in stead.

 

Sieve the flour. Always sieve the flour.

 

I’d already tossed my sieve into the sink before adding the baking powder. I lived to tell and my cookies were very edible, so it’s ok not to sieve baking powder! Isn’t that a relief?

Add 2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt.

 

Now you can combine everything by hand. Knead it until it’s a supple dough. But well, it’s me! I take a shortcut whenever I can. I’ve used my food processor and put the butter, flour and sugar in there.

 

Added 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract and pulsed. How I love being able to just stand there -doing absolutely nothing- while a machine does the work for me. It’s great.

 

Fair is fair, it’s always best to knead the dough a bit until it’s really supple, so I gave it one minute of heavy, intense manual labor.

 

Now it’s key to get it off the kitchen counter, and away from these little hands accompanied by a tiny mouth ready to devour anything that slightly resembles cookie dough.

 

So I’ve quickly put it in plastic wrap and let the dough rest in the fridge for an hour. Kiddo was yelling; “Noooo, don’t put it away“. Heh. Nice try, kid.

 

In the mean time I got to release some aggression on a few harmless and innocent peanuts. You can smash ‘em as I did, or chop them with a knife. Just make sure you don’t end up with peanut powder—it makes for a great suya, but it’s not what you want for these cookies. I’m using peanuts but, really, you can do this with cashews, almonds or pistachio nuts as well.

 

I kinda like it orangey (is that a word?), so I’ve washed and grated the zest of 1 orange. You can go for the zest of 1/2 an orange as well. You could also do this with lemon, too. Whatever makes your skirt fly up!

 

Drizzle 3 to 4 tbsp honey on top of the peanuts and combine everything. Set aside to let the flavors come together.

 

Get someone to do the dishes for you. Bribing them with cookie dough really works, but you didn’t hear that from me!!

 

Preheat your oven to 350F (175C).

Pull the dough out of the fridge and cut it in half. Cover one half with plastic wrap until you’re ready to use it. You want a bite, don’t you?

 

Using a dough pin (or bottle) flatten the dough until it’s about 1/4 inch thick.

 

Now have fun. Create whatever shape you like (keep it G-rated, you hear me!) and keep going until all the dough is gone.

 

I always fall back on basic and boring round shapes—it holds more filling and I’m greedy. Spoon some of the peanut mix in the middle, put another piece of dough on top and seal the edges. You can also seal them with a fork, gives a fun effect.

 

Put them in a preheated oven and bake them at 350 (175C) for 15 to 20 minutes. Let them cool and sprinkle a generous amount of confectioners sugar on top.

Made with love!


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    19 Comments »

    1. 1

      Yay! I’m first!
      I can almost smell the deliciousness……………..

      aadila on Feb 12, 2009 @ 10:11 am Reply
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      Those look LOOOVEly. I have a bunch of peanuts that have been hidden in the cupboard for a while because of maternal fears of young children choking. I think I’ll just have to dig them out and make these beauties. I even have the romantic heart shapes. My hubby will be swoooooning! Thanks. Jane

      Jane on Feb 12, 2009 @ 10:57 am Reply
    3. 3

      Wow! First, yes, the intro and finish photos are spectacular!

      Like you, I am not so much for the sweets, but these look wonderful. I’m going to try a few with almonds instead of peanuts also.

      Ann from Montana on Feb 12, 2009 @ 1:29 pm Reply
    4. 4

      LOVE your site – found it because of P-Dub…
      Your photos are inspiring! – for photography & food!
      These cookies look de-lish! Have tried several of your recipes in the past 2 weeks (that’s how long I have known of your site). ALL of them received rave reviews. My boys will think I am (& you are :)) a genius when we make these for V-Day! THANK YOU!

      SQ Linn on Feb 12, 2009 @ 3:47 pm Reply
    5. 5

      Love this recipe! I will make these cookies very soon!

      Treehouse Chef on Feb 12, 2009 @ 4:53 pm Reply
    6. 6

      These are fantastic. Mine will NEVER look as good as your picture, though.

      Fiona on Feb 12, 2009 @ 5:43 pm Reply
    7. 7

      These look so DAMN good and I love the help you get {{his adorable little hands}} I am a big fan of anything with peanut butter!!

      Cathy on Feb 12, 2009 @ 6:06 pm Reply
    8. 8

      I’m not a Valentine’s Day person either – but those cookies look and sound amazing. Can’t wait to give them a try.

      Karen (KayKay) on Feb 12, 2009 @ 6:12 pm Reply
    9. 9

      How I wish I could grab a couple (or all!) of those cookies! They look gorgeous Kay!

      Priya on Feb 12, 2009 @ 6:27 pm Reply
    10. 10

      I really dislike Valentines day, and I would consider myself a gooey romantic when the time calls for it. But V day is just too commercialized. Those cookies look awesome!

      naomig on Feb 12, 2009 @ 6:28 pm Reply
    11. 11

      Beautiful pictures!
      That is a very interesting recipe, using peanuts and honey and no peanut butter. I think I may have to try them, although my family will not eat anything with nuts. That means, it’s me and the dog to finish off the whole batch! Hmmm, well, I guess you gotta do what you gotta do!
      Love your site!

      Lin on Feb 13, 2009 @ 12:40 am Reply
    12. 12

      These look incredible! So much better than regular old peanut butter cookies. Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try these out!

      Hayley on Feb 13, 2009 @ 2:07 am Reply
    13. 13

      All your photos are lovely (not just the first one)! I’m so impressed and inspired. And those cookies look delicious too.

      Shari on Feb 13, 2009 @ 5:29 am Reply
    14. 14

      I’m SO bookmarking this. Our family LOVES all things peanut or peanut butter – my mouth’s watering as I comment. YUM!

      Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer on Feb 14, 2009 @ 9:42 pm Reply
    15. 15

      I am bookmarking this recipe right now – I love baking cookies and the flavors you put together here are delicious. Not to mention the cookies look adorable!

      Patricia Scarpin on Mar 10, 2009 @ 9:27 pm Reply
    16. 16

      Wicked blog – the guys commenting here are full of it! I’ll be keeping up with your posts :)

      best fruit machines on Mar 23, 2009 @ 11:33 am Reply
    17. 17

      That was a great post…I love this site.. Thanks

      Esche on Jun 5, 2009 @ 2:58 pm Reply
    18. 18

      Great post … I love this site…Thanks

      Rohrbacher on Jun 9, 2009 @ 11:56 am Reply
    19. 19

      Fantastic post, can I link to this from my blog?

      thanks…

      Mclee on May 5, 2010 @ 6:48 pm Reply

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