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Peanut Butter Cookie Bakeoff

Posted by Trish on June 21, 2010 at 5:25 PM

How do you like your peanut butter cookies??  Do you like them chewy, soft, crunchy or cake-like?  Do you like them plain, or sprinkled with toppings?  Do you like them big or small?  



(My adopted plants from the local farmer's market: lemon thyme and italian basil)


I like my peanut butter cookies either soft or chewy, plain or with toppings depending on my mood.



(Bison steaks from the local farmer's market: new york steak on right and ribeye on left)


I tested two very different recipes today for peanut butter cookies.  My goal is to achieve a cookie that is close to the texture that I'm looking for.


Recipe A has flour, white and brown sugar, and butter.  I chose to top this one off with chopped peanuts and Reece's pieces. (javascript:mox()).




Recipe B is as simple and pure as peanut butter cookies come but I swapped brown sugar for white sugar to get a chewier texture.  This recipe is found on the jar of Kraft PB:


1 Cup Peanut butter

1/2 C sugar

1 egg


1. Combine ingredients in a bowl.  Roll dough into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Flatten with fork (I did not do this step) and bake for 15 minutes at 325F.  Do not over bake.




What I liked:


For Recipe A: the dough produced good-sized cookies for what the recipe recommended for serving size.  The cookies remained soft the next day without being placed into air-tight containers.


For Recipe B: The flavour was the strong peanut butter taste I was looking for and it had a nice soft crumb with a slight chewy texture near the end of a bite.


What I disliked:

 

I hate how you can't have  either cookies immediately out of the oven since they aren't "completely done" and you must wait for them to cool.

For Recipe A: I disliked the cake-like texture and the butter really washed out the strong peanut butter taste that I was looking for.  I was lucky enough to have the toppings in the dough to help out with the flavour.

For Recipe B: the dough produced really small cookies per recommended serving.  The cookies hardened the next day.


Overall: I prefer Recipe B because it had the better flavour and texture.  I think in this case, less is more.




So I previously mentioned a cookie cutter contest give away!!!  And It is happening now!!  This is how you can win a set of cookie cutters chosen by me.  For the next few weeks, I want you to send in a picture of your favorite cookie baked by you!! There are no limitations and can be made using cookie mix.  Send in your photos to [email protected] and I will declare the winners in a few weeks!


HAPPY BAKING!

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2 Comments

Reply Joyce
11:05 AM on June 23, 2010 
amazing. you are alive. lol.

For a moment i thought you were going to add steak or basil into your pb cookies... lol

(make me the winner) :D
Reply trish
2:16 PM on June 23, 2010 
haha i know joyce, it's been busy here!! Send me a pic of your cookies!