Freshly Baked. Salted Peanut Cookies…With A Hint Of Cocoa.

Salted Peanut Cookies

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve made peanut cookies. So much so I had forgotten just how fabulous they can truly be. For too long I’ve overlooked using peanuts in my baking  in favour of  rather  more sophisticated almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans and macadamia.  Not surprisingly,  it’s high time I redressed the situation.  Easy to do given there is always a foil sealed packet of peanuts in my pantry – ready to be transformed at a moments notice into a spicy satay sauce or used to add all important crunch and texture to a pad thai, massaman curry or asian slaw.

With just a hint of cocoa and a lingering salty hit, these peanut cookies are crisp on the outside yet soft and chewy in the centre. My idea of cookie nirvana. Truth be told at one point I did consider throwing in a handful or two of dark chocolate chunks into the mix, but at the end of the day I’m glad I didn’t. Peanuts, chocolate and salt are indisputably a marriage made in heaven, but at the end of the day this version is all about allowing the mellow toasty flavour of roasted peanuts to come shining through. And it truly does… in spades.

Salted Peanut Cookies
Makes 24 large cookies

250 g unsalted butter, softened
1 cup soft brown sugar
1/2  cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups self raising flour
1 heaped tablespoon Dutch process cocoa
1 1/2 cups  salted peanuts

PREHEAT  oven to 180C and line 2 or 3 baking trays with baking paper.
CREAM butter and sugars until light and fluffy
ADD eggs and vanilla and beat again until well incorporated
SIFT flour and cocoa into the bowl and mix lightly.
STIR in peanuts.
DROP tablespoons of mixture about 5 cm apart onto the baking trays, flatten slightly. Alternatively you can shape the dough into a log, wrap in cling film  and freeze for about 15 minutes before slicing into 1 cm rounds and placing on trays for  baking.
BAKE for 10-12 minutes until pale golden.
COOL on the trays for 2-3 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

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5 Responses to Freshly Baked. Salted Peanut Cookies…With A Hint Of Cocoa.

  1. Antonia says:

    Oh my! They look dangerous 🙂 Peanuts are so good. I definitely need to make these!

  2. reggiorif says:

    This makes me a very happy peanut fan! I will try it soon. I especially like the use of salted peanuts since here I can’t find them “nature” and already de-shelled.

  3. chef mimi says:

    Peanuts and chocolate? Sounds like a winner!

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