It had been a while since I had done some baking for work, so one sunny Sunday I whipped up these dark chocolate peanut cookies to take in. They’re sweet, salty and slightly bitter and all round delicious. It’s safe to say they were very well received when I unveiled them at our Monday morning meeting!
I slightly amended a recipe from Taste
- 250g dark chocolate
- 100g butter
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 2/3 cup caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cups plain flour
- 1/2tsp bicarb soda
- 1tbs cocoa powder
- 1/2tsp salt
- 2tbs salted, roasted peanuts
- Preheat oven to 180C and line two baking trays
- Melt together 100g of the chocolate and the butter, stirring to combine
- Stir in the peanut butter then the sugar
- Lightly whisk the egg then stir through
- Sift in the flour, bicarb soda, cocoa and salt and fold to combine
- Roughly chop the remaining chocolate and add 100g into dough, lightly folding through
- Roll 2tsp balls of dough and place on the tray, leaving 3cm between, and flatten slightly with the back of the spoon
- Roughly chop the peanut and combine with the remaining 50g of chocolate. Sprinkle over the cookies, pressing gently in to the dough
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until cooked but still slightly soft in the middle
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes in the pan, then transfer on to a wire rack to cool completely
As with anything that uses peanut butter I highly recommend using natural, high quality peanut butter in these dark chocolate peanut cookies. My personal favourites are Fix & Fogg and Pic’s, although Pic’s is definitely easier to find here in Australia. I think crunchy peanut butter works best as well, but if you’re a smooth PB fan then go for it!
These cookies will spread when you’re cooking them, so make sure you do space them out on the tray. One giant cookie might be a little much to deal with otherwise!
Whilst there are a few different steps required to make these dark chocolate peanut cookies the best part is they can be whipped up using just one bowl. They’re pretty simple as well, definitely something you could make with the kids – as long as the chocolate makes it in the bowl!