I have a complicated relationship with peanut butter. I find it a curious ingredient. Mr CC enjoys it on toast but I hate it like that; the gloopy, claggy texture and the way it coats your mouth. Not for me. However, baking with peanut butter is a different story – you lose the texture but retain all that lovely peanut flavour.
These biscuits are so easy to make – there isn’t even any time consuming rolling out of dough, as you spoon the biscuit dough straight on to the baking sheet.
Using crunchy peanut butter adds texture and it’s satisfying when you crunch into a piece of peanut. The biscuit dough has a nice crisp bite to it, just how I like my biscuits. They have to be able to withstand a dunk in a cup of tea.
When I saw the small amounts of ingredients I was tempted to double up the ingredients. Then I read that you should get 35 biscuits from the mix. I actually got only 17 (Mr CC can’t waste his time with miniature biscuits) but it still goes to show how economical biscuits are to make. Imagine what it would cost to buy 17 artisan biscuits.
90g unsalted butter, at room temperature
150g soft brown sugar
4 heaped tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
125g plain flour
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 180˚C/fan oven 160˚C/350˚F/gas mark 4.
Line two baking sheets with baking paper.
Beat together the butter and sugar until it is whippy and paler – it will never get fluffy and pale with brown sugar but it will get fluffier and paler...it’s all relative! Beat in the crunchy peanut butter
Beat in the egg.
Stir in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon and mix well.
Drop teaspoonfuls of the dough on the prepared baking sheets leaving space for the biscuits to spread as they cook – don’t worry about pressing them down, they’ll find their own level when they cook.
Bake for approximately 12 minutes or until the biscuits are golden and firm to the touch.
Leave to cool, still on the tray, on a wire rack.
When the biscuits have cooled and firmed you can place them directly on the wire rack – if you do this when the biscuits are soft straight from the oven they will break.
Store in an airtight tin.
Bask in the glory of the wonderful thing you have created.