A Cautionary Tale with a Sweet Ending (Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Cookies)

A Cautionary Tale with a Sweet Ending (Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Cookies)

I can’t resist perusing the racks at airport bookstores.  Even though I always carry an Ipad, book or magazine, I still stop and browse. While waiting for my flight to Nashville I flipped through a copy of People Magazine that at the end had an interview with Stella Parks of Serious Eats.  Her recently published book BraveTart, an homage to iconic American desserts, was already on my radar of course. The article included a recipe for Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Cookies.  They looked and sounded delicious. Trying to be as stealthy as possible I took out my phone and quickly snapped a shot of the recipe, mission accomplished I tucked my phone back in my pocket and left to catch my flight.

Bake sale goodies, Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Cookies, Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies and as Jason calls them Double Butter Rice Krispy Treats (aka Brown Butter Salted Rice Krispy Treats)
A bake sale to benefit a bird and butterfly sanctuary directly in the path of that ridiculous wall Trump wants to build was the perfect opportunity to make Park’s Honey Roasted PB Cookies.  The recipe called for processing honey roasted peanuts for a minute until finely chopped.  Uh-oh, I don’t think so, a minute in a food processor does not result in finely chopped nuts more like pulverized nuts.  Quick, to my laptop to fire off a tweet to Stella Parks..please clarify.  A couple of minutes later..yay, a response- “should be like flour, length of time variable depending on your processor”. First hurdle cleared. Surveying the recipe I noticed some of the ingredients had weights, some didn’t.  Auugh!  This started my rant to the hubster on the inconsistencies in the recipe.

Me yelling: Why would you put the weight for butter but not the flour? WTH! This is silly! And the finely chopped nuts, that wasn’t right!  Wow, and she writes for Serious Eats?!  Boy, this book has been getting a lot of press!

Hubster hears: blah, blah, blah, BLAH and nods sympathetically (I’m sure)

I continued to grumble. After making the dough I decide to look for the recipe online, lucky for me the page for her Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Cookies is available on Google.

I ATE HUMBLE PIE.  My rant was misplaced.  The recipe in the book contained weights for every ingredient and the description for the peanuts was to grind them until they were fine, like flour.

So naturally I did what anyone would do in this situation..I started to complain about People Magazine and how they messed up the recipe. Moral of the story-do not depend on a celebrity gossip magazine for a recipe.  It also gave me an excuse to add BraveTart to my cookbook collection.

I still didn’t grind the peanuts enough which I believe changed the texture of the cookie…hesitation as I was fixated on the finely chopped verbage. The cookie did not spread like a traditional cookie and ended up looking like little cracked hockey pucks. I’m guessing too much flour (no weights-grrrr) I was looking for a flatter classic looking cookie ironically like the picture in People magazine.

I ended up smushing each cookie like old fashioned PB cookies.  I will definitely try these again but next time I will grind the nuts longer and weigh my flour and use the book, lol. They are YUMMY and besides I still have half a jar of honey roasted peanuts! Below is the recipe from her book, BraveTart.

Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Cookies from BraveTart

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (4.5 ounces) AP flour
  • 1.25 cups (6 ounces) honey roasted peanuts
  • 1.25 cups (10 ounces) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cube (4 ounces) unsalted butter, soft bt cool (65 degrees use an instant thermometer)
  • 1.5 cups (10 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 t kosher salt or half that amount if using regular table salt
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, straight from fridge, well beaten
  • 3 T milk (1.5 ounces)

Instructions

  • Adjust oven rack to middle position. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Sift flour into bowl of a food processor (scoop and sweep method if not using a scale)
  • Add peanuts and pulse until fine (approximately 1 minute) almost like flour
  • Combine peanut butter, butter, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder and vanilla in bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment
  • Mix on low speed to moisten then increase to medium and beat until soft and light ab out 3 minutes
  • With mixer running add the egg in 2 additions, mixing untile ach is incorporated
  • Reduce speed to low and add peanut flour, followed by milk, mixing to form a very soft dough
  • Divide into 34-2 T (1.125 ounce) portions
  • Arrange on parchment lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart
  • Bake until the edges are firm and just beginning to brown but cookies are still puffy and steamy in the middle about 16 minutes
  • Cool on baking sheet until cookie is set about 10 minutes
  • Store in airtight container for up to 1 week at room temperature.
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9 thoughts on “A Cautionary Tale with a Sweet Ending (Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Cookies)”

  • Wish I’d seen these comments before baking the cookies. Mine came out looking NOTHING like the picture in People. In fact, if you process the flour and peanuts as long as recommended, you definitely will not get the nut pieces that are clearly visible in the photo. Regardless, they’re pretty good, albeit a little dry/crumbly, definitely not “chewy,” as stated in the People subheadline. I may add more butter next time for a better spread (and to hold the cookie together a bit better) and these absolutely need to be flattened. Just OK…I’m still in search of the perfect peanut butter cookie recipe…

    • Hi Tracy, I know how you feel! A couple of things I think make a difference. Stella uses Gold Medal flour, I use King Arthur which has a bit more protein generally. If it seemed a little too dry try taking out a tablespoon or two of flour. Definitely go by weights. If you are looking for another PB cookie, I made these in a previous post that I think are pretty darn good..the recipe is from the Buttery in Santa Cruz. They are delicious.

  • Mine also turned out like hockey pucks. Too dry and didn’t spread out like the pictures. I only baked off one dozen. Any suggestions has to how to improve the remaining dough. Is there something I can add to change the consistency?

    • Hmmm, mine did not spread but they weren’t hard. Try pressing them like I did, to flatten. Bake them for a little less time maybe? I will post this to Stella and maybe she can help!

    • This was Stella’s reply on Twitter, Did you use weights when making the recipe? Hmm, I was thinking too much flour can cause toughness in a cookie or overworking dough. Hope this helps.
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      Wow, I’ve never heard of that! With 14 ounces of fat + only 4.5 ounces of flour, these cookies should spread like crazy.
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      Replying to @BraveTart @chubchub94
      It sounds like an ingredient is out of whack; like missing baking soda, reduced sugar, or a packed cup of flour…

      • Another thought Joanie. What kind of flour do you use? BraveTart uses Gold Medal. I use King Arthur which has a higher protein content. I called KA and they suggested perhaps reducing the flour (if using KA) by 1 T per cup to adjust for the lower the protein content of Gold Medal. Just a thought.

Thanks for reading, comments welcomed!