It is Valentines Day and I am sure you have been inundated with pictures of heart shaped brownies and red frosted cookies, so not wanting to be excluded from the recipe fun, I decided to share a recipe for Lovers too! Peanut butter lovers that is.
Ricardo, the French-Canadian chef, with the adorable accent,who is happily married and has 3 beautiful children, published a Peanut Butter O’ Henry Bar cookie in his Best Cookies book (which of course I purchased). The recipe is simple with only a few ingredients so I whipped them up making a few tiny switches along the way. I subbed chopped Reese’s mini pb cups instead of O’Henry bars, although I do love O’Henry, and used whole wheat flour and I increased the peanut butter to 1/2 cup from 1/4 cup. These cookies make up quickly, taste amazing, are tender, sweet and contain enough peanut butter flavour to satisfy the pb lover in you or a loved one…these are too good to share with someone NOT on the “love” list…buy some store bought cookies for them! (FYI, I did add in a few extra chopped up pb cups and also baked them at 375F not 400F as directed.)
Bake up a batch and enjoy on your own or spread the love and share. Happy Valentines!
Peanut Butter/Peanut Butter Cookies
Preheat oven to 375F. Parchment line 2 baking sheets.
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 or 1 1/2 packages (104 grams) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, roughly chopped
In a medium bowl whisk flour, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.
Cream the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar together until smooth. Add in egg and beat mixture until smooth.
Add in flour mixture and beat on low speed of mixer OR stir in by hand.
Add in chopped peanut butter cups and mix in well.
With floured hands roll the dough into balls and place on prepared sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. Flatten slightly.
Bake 9-10 minutes or until cookies are light golden brown.
Note: These baked up quickly in about 6 minutes at 375F for me. So definitely check after about 5 minutes, seriously!