Did you know that last month was Peanut Butter Lovers month? I had no idea, even though I love peanut butter, until Innovative Bites* got in touch and said they’d like to treat me to a couple of samples. Oh boy, was there a lot of samples and I found myself wondering what to do with it all. I thought the best way to use a lot in one go was to bake so I made Peanut Chocolate Chip Cookies with the Peanut Butter Chocolate bars.
It’s a really simple recipe, I simply used this from BBC Good Food and swapped the dark chocolate for milk chocolate bars filled with peanut butter. They went down a treat (no pun intended) at work the other day. I was worried first that the peanut butter had messed up the recipe but colleagues went for seconds and even some for thirds. I think the mix of caster and brown sugar gives them more of a caramel taste.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Makes 30 cookies in 6 easy steps and under 30 minutes.
150g salted butter, softened
80g light brown muscovado sugar
80g granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
225g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
¼ tsp salt
200g Peanut Butter Choclate Bar
1. Heat the oven to 190C or 170C if you have a fan oven like me. Line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.
2. Put the butter and sugars into a bowl and beat until creamy. Beat in the vanilla and egg.
3. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into the bowl and mix it in with a wooden spoon. Add the Peanut Butter Chocolate bars (broken up into small pieces) and stir well.
4. Use a teaspoon to make small scoops of the mixture, spacing them well apart on the baking trays. This mixture should make about 30 cookies.
5. Bake for 8–10 mins until they are light brown on the edges and still slightly soft in the centre if you press them.
6. Leave on the tray for a couple of minutes to set and then lift onto a cooling rack.
I read the recipe wrong and used table spoons when scooping up the mixture so I only got 18 cookies in the end. Spacing was tricky as well so some of them melted together but once cooled down, they’re easy to break apart.
In addition to the Peanut Butter Chocolate bars, Innovative Bites sent me Twinkies which I got really excited for as they’re Peanut Butter Twinkies. I’ve not had Twinkies since my teens and first visit to the US. I remember liking the originals but that they’re very sweet. The peanut butter version isn’t as sweet and I think I prefer them. Chocolate cake filled with buttery peanut creme. Best bit, they’re available in Asda.
Innovative Bites’ version of Reese’s Pieces cups are also really nice! The originals of course the best but the smooth peanut butter cream filling is very moreish. I’m slightly more sceptical towards the jam filled cups. I know that jam and peanut butter toasts are popular but when chocolate is involved, I’m not as convinced. They remind me too much of liquid pralines which I’m not a massive fan of.
How did you celebrate Peanut Butter Lovers month? Let me know if you try these cookies and what you think of them.
*PR samples. All views are my own.