Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies


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Peanut butter is a really polarising food in my family. I don't think my dad will ever accept that it goes great on his ginger muffins! My sister comes round to use my food processor (not to see me!) to fulfill her peanut butter making needs. She came around last week and I couldn't believe how long it was since I had made homemade peanut butter. It really is very easy.

I made these cookies for going over to a friends place. I may have hoped they would soften my competitive quirks... They kept the leftovers so these cookies must have been pretty good. Our favourite board game at the moment is Coup which really tests my ability to keep a straight face. 

So I made peanut butter, then I made peanut butter cookies, and then I felt like I had done way too many dishes for the morning. 

PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE COOKIES

PREP
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g chocolate chips (or chunks)

Preheat oven to 180°C
Line or grease a baking tray

DO
Beat the butter and peanut butter together in a mixer.
Add the eggs and sugar and beat until entirely combined and glossy.
Slowly mix the flour and baking powder into the cookie dough. Add the chocolate when it is almost all combined.
Roll into balls and place onto a baking tray. Squish down with a fork.
Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the cookies can be slid on the tray.

How to make peanut butter at home

Buy some blanched peanuts and roast lightly in the oven. Watch them closely as they go from so pale they could have not been in the oven at all to burnt like I threw them in a bonfire in what feels like two seconds.
Chuck the peanuts in a food processor. You do need a strong one but it doesn't have to be anything fancy.
Whizz those guys up. You will need to use a spatula to scrape down the sides a few times.
Once it is getting smooth and nut butter like you can add salt and honey (or another liquid sweetener) to your taste.
If it is not as spreadable as you would like you can move it into your cake mixer and whip up with a small squirt of flavourless oil.

Making homemade peanut butter is so easy and delicious. You will want to eat this straight from the jar...

xo Kirste Isabel