Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies
These Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies are perfect on their own but I suspect if you dipped them in melted dark chocolate, they would be fab.
Sometimes it snows and you bake Peanut Butter Cookies.
If only because you went to the grocery store the night before the impending storm of doom and promptly left because of all the crazies who needed to stock up on bottled water and cans of corn.
I didn’t even get out of the car. I only wanted fresh thyme for food photography and alphabet pasta for a cute Valentine’s Day surprise…
Watching from my window, the snow fell and covered the roads and cars became almost invisible. There was no way I would be going to get alphabet pasta or thyme. With little in the way of ingredients, I turned to my old friend, peanut butter.
You can’t go wrong with a classic peanut butter cookie, especially in a snowstorm where you are expecting over a foot of white fluffy snow that will ultimately turn brown and ugly.
I wanted to dip one side of these cookies in melted dark chocolate but alas, there was no chocolate in the house (gasp!) and no way to go pick some up. I don’t even know who I am anymore.
The addition of the whole wheat was my attempt to be healthier. Dipping these in dark chocolate would have been okay because hey, antioxidants! Am I right? (Yeah, I am!)
On a more personal note:
My friends are in a band, Yoma. They’ve just released their new full-length album and it is pretty damn good! Now, I know what you’re thinking. These guys are my pals and that is why I’m saying this. So far from the truth! If I didn’t actually enjoy it and if I wasn’t actually listening to the third song titled “Tides” right now, I wouldn’t dare share it with you. I probably would have just been polite and said: “Oh hey guys, cool songs!” and moved on with my day.
Above is a photo I took for them a long time ago, before they added two dudes: Sorry Dan & Matt.
So, if you are into any post rock music (To name a few really great bands: Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Isis, Slowdive, Caspian and Jesu) and you feel really good about supporting independent music, then you can buy their new album, Approaching Silence via Band Camp and PayPal.
If you live in the Hudson Valley/Albany area, they play some kick-ass shows so keep an eye out for that as well. While you are at it, connect with them on Band Camp, Sound Cloud, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
This recipe calls for dark brown sugar but you can use light brown sugar in its place. Don't bake for longer than 10 minutes even if it looks like they aren't done, trust me, they will burn! If you don't want to do the whole wheat thing, just use 1 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour. But you should add the whole wheat, it's good!
Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Total Time: 20 min
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375° F and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
Beat the butter and sugars together until creamy in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer. Mix in the peanut butter and the egg.
Whisk the all-purpose and wheat flours together. Add the baking soda, baking powder and salt into the flour mixture.
Add the dry ingredients into the sugar and butter mixture and mix together until just combined, be careful not to over mix.
Using a small cookie scoop, scoop the dough and drop onto the prepared baking sheet. Flatted with a fork in two directions so fork marks overlap each other. Bake until rims begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Cookies might collapse in the middle if you touch them, they are still done. Don't leave them in any longer or they will burn. Let cook on a baking sheet and then use a cookie spatula to transfer to a cooling rack.
Slightly adapted from Simply Recipes
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Disclosure: I bought Approaching Silence with my own money and gave over the $7 they are asking because I for real like the music. My friends didn’t ask me to shout them out like this, I just did it because I think they make awesome sounds. There are also some affiliate links throughout this post. Thanks for supporting my work!