Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Starting things simple! Who doesnt love salted chocolate!??
These cookies were great, mixing the chocolate and peanut butter brought both flavors together, and the salt (kosher or sea salt) just heightened the chocolate! It’s also the same reason Sea Salt Caramel works so well….I’m looking at you Starbucks!
I used Baker’s chocolate and scalded cream for my Ganache. But you can use semi-sweet chocolate chips just as well. And since I wanted to have a little bit more control over my ganache, a sweet double boiler was called into play.
Double boiler = bain marie = steam bath = glass bowl over sauce pot with water to provide a gentle heat and not burn the hell out of delicate things…like chocolate!
The trick is thus: double boiler melts chocolate slightly, add scalded cream to melt further, and with a silicone spatula incorporate both until you get a shiny chocolate sauce.
Basically what a hug feels like.
Orange Zest and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
On to the Orange!! Its another common flavor decision to pair chocolate and oranges together. Walk into any french bakery in New York in the middle of Winter and they’ll have those lovely candied orange slices coated in chocolate. I wanted to recreate that. The refreshing notes of the orange peel against the backdrop of velvety chocolate.
It works. Use a Microplane to get the good stuff out of the orange peel and your cookies will thank you for it. Also, it looks purdyyyy!
Toasted Coconut Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Chocolate and coconut works. Toasted Coconut just adds even move to the experience by being all crunchy and aromatic. Toast a lot of sweetened coconut flakes in a nonstick pan and keep stirring until its crunchy.
Thyme and Orange Zest Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
So go with me on this one…
You get the sweetness of the orange peel, the nuttiness of the peanut butter cookie, and then comes the thyme, woodsy.
It’s definitely a grown up kind of cookie, complex, sweet but not too sweet, and it commands your attention. And that’s precisely what I was looking for, something sweet but not boring, with a bit of the unexpected and enough complexity to keep things interesting.
Tried any of these? Leave me a comment and let me know! I want to talk cookies with you!
These Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies will take you to unexpected places! They’re versatile and carry almost any flavor you put on them. In this guide I include tips to make it your own. Bonus Point! They’re very rich, so you may have them for dessert for a few days and not get bored of the variety!
For the cookies:
- 1 Cup unsalted butter
- 1 Cup Crunchy Peanut Butter
- 1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Ganache:
- 10 oz Baker’s chocolate
- 2 oz scalded heavy cream
For The cookies:
- Mix the butter, peanut butter, and sugar together in a bowl; beat in the eggs.
- In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir into butter mixture. Chill the dough in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Scoop and put on baking sheets. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown.
- Let cool
For the Ganache:
In a double boiler, melt the chocolate pieces and heavy cream. Stir. When mixture is combined, lower the heat to keep the chocolate warm but not cooking still. This will let you coat the cookies without burning yourself.
You can add anything to flavor the cookies. Try a mixture of lemon zest & chocolate, or orange. Add chopped almonds for a crunchier bite. Or play with some other herbs! Mint sounds good….