Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Peanut Butter Cookies

This is a tale of two butters.
One came from the US and the other was more of a World Citizen. Both had an identity and were rather proud of it.
The one from the US was proud because it had no animal fat. Vegans too could enjoy it. People called it Peanut Butter.
The other was proud of itself because almost everybody in the world knew it. Also, it could be easily made at home too. This was your 'friendly neighbourhood' Butter. Yeah, just plain Butter.
Once they got fighting as to which one was better. Arguments flowed and voices rose. They fought for several hours, but none agreed to give up. Then, when they were too tired to argue any further, they went to the kind(!) girl(!) Vaishali. They asked her to give the verdict. Vaishali, the kind girl(??) she was, convinced them that both were equal. That both were good in their own right, and it was wrong to compare them at all.
To prove that they were both equal, she gave them equal opportunity and importance. In these cookies. :)

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Recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies
(adapted from this German book)

Makes about 25 fairly large cookies

Ingredients:

115 g. butter at room temperature
115 g. peanut butter (Smooth or crunchy doesn't matter.)
115 g. light brown sugar (I use only 100 g. of both sugars.)
115 g. castor sugar (Regular sugar after a whirl in the grinder is ok.)
115 g. oat flakes
85 g. all-purpose flour (Maida)
1 egg, beaten to just mix well
3 drops of vanilla essence
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a baking sheet with some butter or line it with baking parchment. You'd be able to bake all cookies in one batch, if you have three baking sheets. This, however, is not necessary. I always bake them on one sheet in three batches.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine both butters and mix well. You could also use your hand-held blender for this recipe.
3. Add the sugars, egg and vanilla essence and mix again.
4. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl and sieve these into the above mixture.
5. Add the oat flakes and mix thoroughly.
6. Now drop spoonfuls of this mixture well apart from each other onto the baking sheet(s) and press them lightly with a fork.
7. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until they are pleasantly browned.
8. Take the baking sheet(s) out of the oven and let cool for 2 minutes.
9. Then transfer the cookies onto a cooling grill and let cool completely.

Once cool, transfer the cookies into an airtight container.

They are great munchies for when you feel peckish at odd hours. Otherwise, offering them for breakfast with a mug of coffee is not a bad idea either. What say, Nandita? Shall I send them to your Weekend Breakfast Blogging #7 then? :)

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Cookies with Two Butters

32 comments:

Lakshmik said...

Hi Vaishali

The cookies look delicious. Thanks for posting the recipe.

Vini K said...

Hey vaishali,cookies look great.Do you read and write german too?

Nandita said...

Looks YUM, better than the cookies i see in the coffee shops...thanks for your entry sweets...cya soon!

Krithika said...

Looks delicious ! lovely pics

shilpa said...

wow...they look delicious. Can u please tell the measurements in cups, I am really bad at grams and want to try this immediately. I have a great cookie fan at home but I always spoil the cookies. Thanks "kind girl"(no question marks here) Vaish ;).

Anita said...

Looking good, girl! and that texture on them is just great.

mandira said...

Vaishali - the cookies look delicious. I am not a big fan of peanut butter, but won't mind trying these... :)

Daagh said...

Hi Vaishali, the cookies look so delicious... simle recipe as well :-)

Ashwini said...

And the kind girl ate how many of those delicious looking cookies?!!!
PS - forgot to mention in my last comment - congratulations on your younger sister's upcoming wedding. Have fun :-)

Linda said...

Oh my goodness... just when I thought I could get back to normal eating after Thanksgiving. They look so yummy! Now will have to make some of these (for my daughter... cough, cough)who is also a kind girl who loves peanut butter ;)

swapna said...

Hai vaishali

very interesting introduction to ur recipe.hahaha...

nice recipe.butter cookies are looking great.thanku for sharing.

Mythili said...

Dear Kind Girl with a bunch of ? 's and !'s,

Very interesting read this post was. Although I am not a big fan of peanut butter, I am going to try these !!! Goodu one-u

Cheers,
Mythili

Nabeela said...

oh I love reading your funny posts! You're nice to share your recipes with us...you certainly get my "kind-girl" certification! :)

Menu Today said...

Hi Vaishali,
"peanut Butter Cookies" looks great. Thanks for sharing.

Anupama said...

ming blowing Vaishali, simply mind blowing. These I will definitely make. I'll send you the snaps. btw whats with the "Kind Girl " tag. Is it your new technorati tag ? HeHeHe!!!! If you are really kind you will respond to all the mails I have been sending you.
Oh yes! I made your pineapple and coconut muffins but only in the form of fairy cakes. They were fabulous. I am going to blog about them in the Cooking fom other blogs section. Just loved them.

Asha said...

I like the tale of two citi err..two cookies:D:D

Great looking cookies, Vaishali.

Pooja said...

hi vaishali ,
these cookies looks great.
adding you to my blogroll, hopr you will have no problem with that.
I would like to inform you that you can also be a part of my idea of vegetable of the week, by presenting any of your recipe made of the specified veg for that week.
thanks , stay tuned
-Pooja

Vaishali said...

Thanks for dropping by, Lakshmik.

Yes, Vini, I know German. Actually, that is my main means of earning bread and butter. :)

Nandita, really? Thank you so much for saying that. By the way, does that mean that you'll pay me the price in a coffee shop, if I treat you to these cookies when we meet? ;-)

That coming from a pro like you, Krithika, is indeed a compliment.

Shilpa, I'll try my best to add the measurements in cups to this recipe as soon as I make these cookies again. German cookbooks always have quantities in grams. :(

Thanks, Anita. *wide grin*

Do let me know, if you try them out, Mandira.

Thanks, Daagh, I am only trying to offer a variety of recipes like you do on your blog. :)

Ashwini, this girl also happens to be overweight. :( She gave away almost all of them into her daughter's playschool. And hey, thanks for the wishes. :)

Linda, for your daughter, huh? Hmmmmm.... :)

Thanks for the appreciation, Swapna.

If you like cookies in general, Mythili, then you will probably like these despite the peanut butter.

Thanks, Nabeela. Now I am gonna try hard to get a 'good baker' certification from you. It will mean a lot to me, if it comes from you.

Good to see you again, MT. Where were you all these days?

All hints and taunts noted, Anupama. :) And I'll look forward to your post on the muffins.

Are you one smart girl or what, Asha?! Well-read and humorous.

Thanks for offering to extend your idea outside your blog, Pooja. I'll keep that in mind.

Seema Bhat said...

hey vaishali :
your cookies just look picture perfect ...wow i so much wanna eat them..Thanx for sharing
-
Seema

Gudiya said...

Hello Vaishali,

I just wanted you to know that the "Times of India" has mentioned your blog in "Sunday times" this 26th Nov. It was in the Lifestyle supplement, if I remember correctly.

Did you check it?

Sushma

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