Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients :

  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (I used demerara sugar)
  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Shortening (I used vegetable oil)
  • 1/4 cup Butter (room temperature)
  • 1 Ex-large Egg
  • 1 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour/Maida
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

Instructions :

1. In a large bowl, combine together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, shortening, egg and mix well. In another bowl, whisk well the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Slowly add the flour mixture to the first prepared mixture and knead slowly to form a soft dough.
2. Place the dough in the refrigerator for two hours or until firm. Line 2 cookie sheets with baking paper. Then take a heaped teaspoonful of the dough, form into ball shape by rolling it in your palm, Place it in the cookie sheet then press in crisscross pattern to flatten them using a fork dipped into sugar. make sure you leave at least 2″ between each cookie because they really expand while baking.
3. Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. Place the cookies in the middle rack and bake for about 13-14 minutes until it turns golden. (The original recipe asks to make a 1 1/4 inch ball and bake at 375 degree Fahrenheit (190 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 9-10 minutes. I thought 375 was 180 degrees, only realised it wasn’t after my cookies took longer time than mentioned in the recipe. But don’t worry, they turned out perfect. I normally do almost all baking at this temperature, cos that’s the safest temperature for many cakes and cookies.)
4. Cool for 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheet and Cool on wire rack. This cooling on wire rack is essential, because this allows the steam to escape, which otherwise will get absorbed and make your cookies soaky. After it is completely cooled, store in airtight containers.


N.B: Don’t attempt to remove the cookie from the sheet as soon as they come out of the oven, because they will be very soft and will crumble.