Are you a fan of peanut butter? I am. I love peanut butter so much that, when I was a kid, I used to grab the jar and eat it with a spoon (I hope my mom is not reading this right now)! I bought two big tubs of peanut butter when they were on sale a couple of months ago. The best before date is approaching but there is still plenty left. To use them up quickly, I turned them into peanut butter cookies. This is another recipe I tried from The Art and Soul of Baking which I purchased last Christmas. Other recipes I’ve tried from this book all yielded satisfactory results. Like many other non-Asian recipes though, I had to reduce the sugar level to fit my Asian taste buds. The original recipe has the cookies filled with a peanut caramel sauce which is too sweet to my likings. So I switched to dark chocolate ganache instead and added some sea salt on top. When my daughter who is not a fan of peanut butter keeps asking for more, I know this recipe is definitely a keep.
I hope you will like it too =)
你喜歡吃花生醬嗎？EC十分喜歡！EC小時候甚至會拿着瓶子用匙羹挖着大口大口地吃。(希望媽媽沒有看到此文章吧！) 幾個月前見到大樽裝的花生醬減價便買了兩瓶回家，現在快到期了卻仍然吃不完。為了快些把它們消滅，EC便做了些花生醬曲奇。今次繼續嘗試The Art and Soul of Baking一書的食譜，書是聖誕節時買的，EC已試做了書中的幾個食譜，效果很令人滿意，但非亞洲人寫的食譜始終比較甜，EC要將糖量減低才能符合亞洲人口味。原食譜使用花生焦糖醬作餡料，怕甜的EC以黑朱古力醬(ganache)代替，並在曲奇上洒上海鹽。當不太愛吃花生醬的女兒嚷著要吃時，EC知道這是一個藉得收藏的食譜！
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Thumbprints with Sea Salt
Makes 56 cookies
115 g unsalted butter, softened
45 g light brown sugar
45 g granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
180 g smooth peanut butter
250 g all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
60 g whipping cream
60 g dark chocolate, chopped
Sea salt, for sprinkling
無鹽牛油 (放軟) 115克
Preheat oven to 350°F/180ºC. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
In a medium bowl, sift and combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Beat egg slightly in a small bowl. Set aside.
In a separate mixing bowl and with an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth. Add both sugars and continue to beat until light and fluffy,
Add the egg and vanilla and beat until fully incorporated. Mix in the peanut butter. Stir in flour mixture in two batches and mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
Shape the dough into balls (about 12 g each) and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Make a depression in the center of each cookie with your thumb or the back of a measuring spoon. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes until the edges are firm and lightly golden brown on top. With the same measuring spoon, gently reinforce the depression in each cookie (the well will puff up during baking). Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before filling.
For the ganache filling, heat cream in the microwave to almost a boil. Place chopped chocolate in the hot cream and let sit for 2 minutes before stirring. Mix until smooth. When the ganache has cooled to room temperature, spoon it into each cookie. Sprinkle with sea salt, if using. Let cookies sit until ganache is set, about 15 to 20 minutes (depending on the weather).
For irregular cracking patterns in the center of cookies, raise oven temperature to 375ºF/190ºC and bake 2 to 3 less.
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