Friday, 12 December 2014

Peanut Butter Cookies, with Streusel Topping

I recently saw these cookies on my Google+ page, and on the World Baking Page. So the original recipe came from here. They seemed to have been made to test out a branded baking sheet.  I thought it might be nice to try the recipe myself, but first I had to convert the ingredients to metric, from cups of this and cups of that.  I found a website that gives conversions, but wasn't entirely convinced by some of the quantities mentioned. I decided to trust the site and, at least at first glance, things looked to have worked out quite well.

As I type I can smell the sweet aroma of peanut butter, as the cookies cool.  I am not sure how akin to streusel my topping turned out to be, but certainly there is a topping, which I am sure will taste good.  The cinnamon added to the topping should surely enhance the prominent peanut flavour.

Ingredients: as converted by me.

for the cookie dough:
170 g plain flour
180 g peanut butter
120 g butter
90g brown sugar
100g white sugar( I used granulated)
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs

for the streusel topping:
45g brown sugar
30g plain flour
60g peanut butter
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp melted butter

Method:

Preheat Oven to 180 C. 
To make the streusel topping, melt butter in microwave. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugars and cinnamon. Add peanut butter and mix with a fork or hands. Pour in butter. Mixture should be clumpy and crumbly. Add more butter or flour to make more crumbly if needed.

In a mixing bowl(you can use a stand mixer), beat together butter, peanut butter and vanilla extract. Beat in both sugars, salt and baking powder.  
Gradually mix in flour and continue mixing until well incorporated.
Beat in eggs, one at a time. 
Roll into 1½ in balls(I weighed mine to about 90g each) and slightly flatten with fork making a crisscross. 
Top cookies with streusel topping and bake for 10-13 minutes. Let cookies completely cool before moving to cooling rack.

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