Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Peanut Butter Cookies (the cat's way)

In this little country of mine the all mighty American peanut butter is not a popular item. I was allready grown-up (when did this happen???) when I first tasted it. I've had 1/2 a peanut butter sandwich to discovered I was ok with the taste and texture of it but not so much when paired with bread.

Short after that experience I went to live in the US for a while and was given the PB shock treatment and found out I actually loved it in baked goods. So now, back home, I usually have a jar arround, it's like having a bit of America in my fridge. Last week I saw on Cookiemadness a nice looking and simple peanut butter cookie and over the weekend I made myself a batch to use up the rest of a long time opened pb jar.

Here we don't have peanut butter chips (asked in the original recipe), but we do have a saying that says "If you don't have a dog, go hunting with a cat", so I added other stuff and came up with this version:


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups (170 gr/ 6oz) flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Cream the butter and both sugars. Beat in the peanut butter and egg. Scrape sides of bowl and beat in the salt, baking soda, cinnamon and vanilla. When well blended, add flour and stir until it is blended. Stir in the sesame seeds, chocolate chunks and almonds. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheets about 5 cm (2 inchs) apart. Flatten balls with the bottom of a flat glass (original has them criss-crossed) and bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly browned around the edges.

This recipe couldn't be simpler and the cookies were very good both in flavour and texture. In fact I loved the raw dough so much that I could have eaten it all like that!

Do you want a bite?


Cathy C said...

I love this recipe The Cats Way. I have never made a cookie with sesame seeds in it what a fun addition. Love the gooey chocolate center as well.

Must try

Leslie said...

oh my ...look at all that gooey chocolate!! Looks yummy!!

HoneyB said...

They look delicious!

Prudy said...

I love the edition of chocolate chips and sesame seeds. I love peanut butter in baked goods too. We made oatmeal bars with chocolate and peanut butter last night-they're gone already, and there are only four of us. Yikes.

Anna said...

I love the sesame seed idea!

Jaime said...

i love PB cookies - you'll have the try the ones in my blog that stuffed with snickers! :)

Katrina said...

Looks de-lish! Seeds? Hmmm? Gonna have to try that sometime. I love pb, your cookies looks great.

Emiline said...

Those look yummy. I saw them on her blog the other day.
I like that peanut butter is so "American". I kind of think of Nutella as being "European".

No PB chips? What a shame!

Zita said...

Aww... need to bake this cookie soon, thank's for sharing the recipe :)

Adam said...

Peanut Butter cookies are a lost art. There are so many ways you can dress them up. I saw you used sesame seeds, and I thought that was very unique. I bet it adds a bit of spice to the mix, and works really well.

Cool site by the way :)

The Stressed Baker said...

Those look delicious - I think I might have to make peanut butter cookies next week! I love your recipes, especially the Jaffa cake ones!

Also, Amelia from Diary from the Last Frontier hit me with meme and as a fellow DBer its your turn! I hope you don't mind I figured it would be a fun way to meet some DBers.....The rules are on my website -

Jenny said...

Oh baby look at that last picture with the chocolate oozing out everywhere, that's my kind of peanut butter cookie girl! Nice!

Madeleine said...

mm que rico! se ven deliciosas tus galletas!!

a ver si las hago!!!! :)


Clumbsy Cookie said...

Cathy- The sesame gives it a nutty feel, pretty cool!

Leslie- A person gotta have a bit of food porn, don't you think?

HoneyB- They were, lol!

Prudy- can't blame you, those bars sound delicious!

Jaime- I went to see them, and oh boy they do look amazing! Thanks for the idea!

Anna- I think it work pretty well with this cookie of yours!

Katrina- You also made this last week didin't you?

Emiline- We don't have any chips here Emiline... It's sad I no...

Zita- Bake it, it's a good cookie, even plain it was very good.

Adam- You're right, you can add almost anything to them without going wrong. Thanks!

Stressed Baker- Why wait for next week? Bake them this week, lol! I'll check your meme, thanks!

Jenny- I knew you would like them! Right up your alley!

Madeleine- Gracias, a mi me han gustado mucho. Si las haces dime que tal!

Mansi Desai said...

they look absolutely gorgeous!

Kevin said...

Those look good! Peanut butter cookies are among my favorites. I enjoy baking with peanut butter and I recent'y discovered how good it can be in savoury dishes.

A&N said...

They look scrumptious! Good recipe there :)

Lina said...

Ive been loving your blog. I tagged you on mine! ;) your pb cookies look wonderful! too bad the portuguese dont love peanut butter as much as the Americans do!

Big Boys Oven said...

wow this is an awesome cookie just like yourself! wow! I am flirting now! lol!

ingegerd said...

its look really god!!yummy

Leslie said... cant find butter milk?
YOu can make it if you really want..a little less than 1 cup of milk and 1 Tbsp white vinager or lemon juice..let stand for 5 minutes.
Oh and the red food coloring was a bit looked like there was a murder in my KA mixer!lol

Lisa said...

What yummy looking cookies. The sesame seeds are a very creative addition.

Arfi Binsted said...

oh yum1 love that melted chocolate! a must-do list! said...

wow. those look mouthwatering! peanut butter and chocolate are a great combo!
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Clumbsy Cookie said...

Mansi- Thank you!

Kevin- you're right, goes very well with salted dished and so does cashew butter.

A&N- The original recipe was actually from Anna over at Cookiemadness.

Lina- Guess most portuguese are missing out, lol!

Big Boy- Lol, thanks!

Ingegerd- They were, they were!

Leslie- Lol! I know I can make it that way, or even use yogurt, but you know I allways have so many other things to bake. But I'll do it some day!

Lisa- I love sesame in everything!

Arfi- That was a bit of food porn!

Emily- I will check it, thanks for mentioning!

Jeanine said...

Look delicious! I love PB cookies too, and love the additions you've made. Hunting with a cat worked well for you. :)

Suzana said...

Como para variar chego atrasada, imagino que não sobrou umazinha para eu provar... Tenho a mesma relação com a manteiga de amendoim que tu e esta versão parece melhor que o original!


Clumbsy Cookie said...

Jeanine- Thank you! I love hunting with a cat!

Suzana- Adivinhaste! Nem uma, lol!

Ann said...


These should be ILLEGAL. That is all I can say.

Anonymous said...

Take those fingers out of the way.. i'm taking a bite!!


Clumbsy Cookie said...

Ann- If they were illegal, so many people would be in jail by now! Lol!

Zen- Auchhhhhhhhhh!