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!
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
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!