North America is the home of baseball, Hollywood, and most importantly cookies, peanut butter cookies in our case. What is so amazing about cookies that always keeps us coming back for more? I’ll let these cookies speak for themselves
As a kid, I always loved cookies (Duh). I loved them so much, my mom had to hide them because they wouldn’t last the day with me around. I always managed to find them … She’d make bite sized cookies. It was just your regular ol’ chocolate chip cookie, but my mom is awesome and those were my introduction into the world of cookies. I graduated from cookie school when I made these chocolate peanut butter cookies just of the top of my head.
And that’s what is awesome about cookies. All you have to do is get the basic technique down. Once that’s done, you will be surprised at what you can manage to create with your ingredients.
When I came to Montreal, there was no shortage of cookies, of course. Just walk into any super market, and the variety is overwhelming. There was however a shortage of quality cookies, unless you were willing to go to a good bakery and pay the price for quality. Why should we be limited to eating boxed cookies, or paying 2$-4$ (Canadian) to a baker for one single cookie? In this type of situation (as I’m sure you know by now) I always prefer the third option… Do It Yourself !
Making a batch of cookies is not only less expensive, it’s better and is so rewarding. The only question you have ask yourself is : What kind of cookie do I want today?
The possibilities are limitless, and the control is all yours.
So is it extra dark chocolate chips or smarties? Or should I add some mini marshmallows in there? What about Oatmeal and raisin? Maybe I can add some hazelnuts in there ? Of course, I could substitute the peanut butter with almond butter ? The possibilities are limitless, and the control is all yours. Well maybe not all yours if you have kids, but that’s okay. A parent’s joy comes through his kids’ happiness right?
Today’s recipe is a mix of everything I learned from and love about Montreal and North American culture in general. These cookies are my ultimate favourite, they have tons of peanut butter, they are very chewy and just have this perfect balance of flavour depth and sweetness. I used whole grain wheat in this recipe, but feel free to use white flour if you wish. I sincerely believe that it does not compromise the taste or the texture, in fact it makes them even better.
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The ultimate peanut butter cookies !
- 1 Cup whole grain flour. You can also use All purpose flour.
- 1 Cup of organic all-natural peanut butter. Avoid generic - it has a lot of sugar and hydrogenated oils and is a different consistency
- 1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- 1 Cup of organic coconut sugar
- 8 Tablespoons of butter at room temperature.
- 2 Tablespoons of maple syrup.
- 1/2 Tsp of baking soda.
- 1 pinch of salt.
- 1 Large egg.
- 100 g of extra dark chocolate 85% cacao (I used a bar of chocolate and smashed the $h!t out of it)
- 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips.
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- Mix all your dry ingredients in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, thoroughly mix the peanut butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, egg and vanilla.
- Add your dry ingredients slowly to avoid having a lumpy dough.
- Stir in the dark and white chocolate.
- Let your dough sit in the fridge for about 10 mins.
- Line your baking sheets with parchemin paper. If you have only one, you can make one batch at a time, just make sure to replace your dough in the fridge to keep it cool.
- Using a big spoon, scoop up your dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Make sure you space your cookies by 2 inches or so.
- Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the cookies puff, and begin to brown. Your cookies should be very soft to the touch. If you prefer your cookies barely caramel, watch them at 10-11 minutes.
- Take your cookies out of the oven, and let them cool for 5 mins before you move them (using a spatula) to a cooling rack. Patience = unbroken cookies
- Enjoy !