Christmas is almost here and most of us are excited (at least I hope so) . This is an easy recipe that takes very little effort to make plus all the ingredients used are probably things you have in your pantry anyways. I’m one of those people who always has groundnut paste/peanut butter at home because I use it in a lot of my traditional recipes especially abomu. This peanut butter cookie makes a semi crunchy cookie on the outside with a soft center. Reduce the cooking time for a soft chewy peanut butter cookie.
what you need
1 cup groundnut paste/peanut butter
1 1/2 cup soft wheat flour/all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, soft
3/4 to 1 cup sugar *
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon salt
I teaspoon baking soda
the quantity of sugar depends on how sweet you want the cookie.
I used a gas oven for this recipe, just preheat at maximum for 15 mins then turn it to minimum when you put the cookies in.
This makes 10 large cookies, divide it into smaller sizes of you want to to cook faster.
If you use an electric oven, preheat to 190C, cookie will be done baking in 8-10 mins
Tip: it stores well, put it in a cookie jar or ziplock bag and it's good for a week.
Mix all the dry ingredients and set aside.
Using a hand mixer or an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, whisk/mix the peanut butter, sugar and butter until creamy then add the vanilla essence and egg. Whisk until it combines completely. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Line a baking tray with a grease proof sheet.
Divide the cookie dough into 10 portions. Roll eachportion into a round ball and place on baking tray. Gently press the cookie down using a fork to create an indentation.
Bake for 30 -35 mins at the minimum setting on the gas oven or just as it becomes a bit hard to touch or cracks appear on top. Allow cookie to sit on try for 3 mins then transfer to a cooling rack. Serve with milk. Don’t worry about cookie being too soft, it'll harden up a bit when it cools whilst the center remains chewy and soft.