Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Baking Blitz - Peanut Choc Chip Cookies

I was worried my baking blitz wasn't going to work out today - I was thinking of making a microwave cake but realised this morning that I don't have anything that would make a cake-looking thing in the microwave, plus I wanted to make icing and didn't have the ingredients I wanted for that - so disorganised! Plus I moved up a notch in my job last week and am really busy (basically doing two jobs now!) so didn't have any time to think until lunchtime. So I walked home wondering if it was possible to find a recipe (which I had all ingredients for!), bake said recipe, and get back to work in under an hour - it seemed a tall order.

Well, I bargained without Alison Holst and her 100 favourite cakes and biscuits! A quick flick through and I discovered what she calls 'Peanut Plus Cookies'. I've renamed them more conventionally as she gave sunflower seeds and raisins as things to put in them and I didn't like the idea of either of those 'healthy' things cluttering up my highly unhealthy cookies!

Anyway, the recipe was super easy, and I ended up having about 15 minutes to spare - so it was about 30 minutes start to finish, once you count the time walking to and from work, and the time desperately flicking through recipe books. ;-) Oh, and all my colleagues thought they were fantastic - as did I (though I didn't have enough chocolate - next time more of that, methinks). Chewy and delicious - definitely try these!

Peanut Choc Chip Cookies (makes 24 large cookies)
50g butter
1/4 cup golden syrup
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips and/or peanuts (my recommendation would be 1 cup choc, 1/2 cup peanuts)
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 180 C and line or grease a baking tray. In a large pot or microwave bowl, warm butter and golden syrup until butter is completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter. Add egg, vanilla and sugars and mix until combined. Add the chocolate and/or peanuts, then sift in flour and baking soda, and mix until combined.

Use wet hands to divide the mixture into balls. Place on the tray and flatten (leave a gap as they will spread about 1-2cm each). Bake for 7-10 minutes (adjust up or down if you  make them bigger or smaller), until they begin to brown around the edges.

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