Monday, May 23, 2011

Peanut Butter Crisscrosses


Today, is one of the happiest days of my life. I am very proud to announce that my blog Simply Sweet 'n Savory turned 6 months old, today. How time flies!!! Just started this blog six months back to keep record of all my recipes at one place ... I never thought that anyone would ever come to my blog.

I would like to thank you all, my readers, followers & fellow bloggers; for being so supportive! Really appreciate you taking out time for visiting. It is always nice to feel appreciated, and I do thank you for appreciating my work. Don't know how long can I do this as my family does not even know about it. But, I'm sure they will be pleasantly surprised to know that. I hope you will continue your support. Hugs to you all :)

Now coming back to the recipe, Peanut Butter Crisscrosses by Dorie Greenspan, they were a huge hit. My mother loves peanut butter cookies & I've already posted two recipes before ( here & here ). This recent one is my favorite, packed with peanuts while my mother loves this melt in the mouth type. BTW, what's your favorite one :)

I just made a 1/2 batch of the original recipe. Skipped the rolling in the sugar part, chilled the dough after making balls, then criss-crossed the cool dough before baking. However, the cookies lost its pattern after baking. Anyhow, it does not matter as long as they tastes good. They are crispy around the edges, soft & chewy in the center as I reduced the baking time from 12 minutes to 8 minutes. So here's goes the recipe:

Peanut Butter Crisscrosses
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Recipe from Baking: From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan

* Prep. Time : 20 minutes
* Cook Time : 8 - 12 minutes
* Makes : about 36 cookies


Ingredients :
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg ( I skipped this )
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter ( crunchy or creamy, I used crunchy )
  • 1/2 cup ( packed ) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/8 cup  sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup sugar, for rolling
Method :
  • Preheat the oven at 180 C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in a bowl.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  • Add the peanut butter and beat for another minute.
  • Add both the sugars and beat another 3 minutes.
  • Add the egg, beating well. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • Now at low speed, add flour mixture; beating until just incorporated.
  • Add chopped peanuts.
  • Divide the dough in half. Add mini chocolate chips in one half.

  • You'll have a soft, pliable dough.
  • Pour half cup of sugar into a small bowl.
  • Working with a level tablespoon of dough for each cookie, roll the dough between your palms into balls.
  • Drop the balls, a couple at a time, into the sugar. Roll the balls around in the sugar to coat them.
  • Place on the baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between them.
  • Dip the tines of a fork in the sugar and press the tines against each ball first in one direction and then in perpendicular direction ( you should have a flattened round of dough with crisscrosses indention ). 
  • Bake for about 8 - 10 minutes, rotating the sheets until done ( they will be lightly colored & still a little soft ).
  • Cool cookies on the sheets for one minute before transferring to cooling racks to cool completely.
  • Repeat with remaining dough, making sure to cool the baking sheets between batches.
Storing :
These cookies will keep for about 5 days at room temperature, well wrapped or in a cookie jar. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.


Linking this to Savory Sunday at The Sweet Details by Amanda


Also to These Chicks Cooked at This Chick Cooks by Katie 


  
Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!

36 comments :

  1. Congrats Ambreen. Crunch looking cookies.

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  2. Ambreen congrats on completing 6 successful months ...n you were able to keep it a hush hush affair !! Wow keep posting such delicious recipes.
    peanut butter cookies look yummy and crunchy

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  3. Lovely cookies..I just love peanut butter flavor..:)

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  4. Congratulations! I pray that you will continue your blogging journey. It is wonderful and supportive. It is also a way to preserve your recipes for the future. I hope that you will continue on your foodie adventure. Wonderful recipes and delicious peanut butter cookies. Blessings, Catherine

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  5. Thank you so much Radhika, Deepa, Prathibha & Catherine for the sweet comments. Thank you for your encouragement .... Really nice of you :)

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  6. Congrats Dear:) Keep up the good work... Cookies look delicious:)
    Reva

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  7. Congrats dear....keep rocking....cookies look delicious...

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  8. Crunchy biscuits looks so inviting...

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  9. Congrats Ambreen, keep rocking gal.. Cookies looks scrumptious,flavourful,addictive and wonderful..

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  10. Congrats..crunchy and yummy..perfect cookies.

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  11. Congratulations on your 6 months...the peanut butter cookies look yummie, like the idea of adding chocolate chips and peanuts. Have a great week ahead Ambreen :-)

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  12. Delicious and drool worthy..tempting me a lot.

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  13. Congrats on the 6month completion.Wish you a real long blogging journey!

    Cookies look perfect! Happy blogging!

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  14. congrats dear !! peanut butter cookies looks so crunchy and perfectly done !!

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  15. Congrats dear - you have an awesome blog and the cookies just prove it :)Many more milestones await! Keep rocking! hugs, priya

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  16. Congratulations dear! Keep posting your yummy recipes and this one is no exception...

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  17. Thank you so much everyone from the bottom of my heart. So sweet of you! Please continue your support :)

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  18. My son's favorite .. looks good. Congrats :)

    Vardhini
    VardhinisKitchen

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  19. Congrats sweetie...great going! My kids are gonna love these cookies--they love peanut butter :)

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  20. A huge congrats on your 6th month anniversary! These beautiful cookies look like the perfect way to celebrate...I love the peanut butter and chocolate combo!

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  21. Thank you so much to all of you for saying nice things. Really made my day :)

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  22. Aahaa..yummy..
    Your family members are so lucky to have you..u r so talented my dear

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  23. hey ambreen rock on dear, share this achievement with ur family too- they will be very proud, the cookies look totally smashing !

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  24. congrats Ambreen! wow and what a lovely blog u have built in just 6 months! hats off to you. The cookies look so good. Would love to have couple.

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  25. Thank you for appreciating my efforts :)

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  26. Sweety.. They look adorable.. just perfectly made..
    Congrats dear ... great going.. Wishing u a very long journey..

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  27. Thank you Mehjabeen for your kind words. I appreciate your wishes!

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  28. IT is wonderful you are celebrating six months. Keep on going. You have a very nice blog. I plan to return.

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  29. Thank you Comfy Cook for stopping by & for your nice words. Welcome and keep visiting .... Hope to see you around more often :)

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  30. Congratulations on 6 months of blogging! I wanted to invite you to come over and share your cookies at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a great day :)
    Katie

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  31. Thank you so much Katie for stopping by & the invite. I would love to come :)

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  32. Thanks for coming by to share your recipe :) Have a great weekend!
    Katie

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Thank you for visiting and brightening my day with your sweet comments. I try my best to respond to your comments ASAP, though it might take some time to get back to you.

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)

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