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Peanut butter is always a big favourite with people. When I post a recipe on twitter or the blog with it as an ingredient everyone jumps for joy! Whether it is the way it reminds us of our childhood or just that great crunchy taste, peanut butter has a big fan club.

When I buy ingredients at Hellené I’m always on the look out for something different to use in my cooking. This time I saw these little peanuts surrounded in a hard shell and then covered in sesame seeds. You can see them in the photo above in the little greeny blue cup. I thought they looked great and brought some home with me. Oh dear, they are impossible to stop eating! In an attempt to stop myself from eating the whole bag, I decided to make peanut butter cookies and add them to the mixture. I also added some toasted black rice to the top of them (as featured in the recipe before) and some choc chips. The result is a batch of cookies with a surprising crunch inside and a few different flavours. I am sure you will enjoy them too.

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Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 cup of creamy or crunchy Peanut Butter

250g of unsalted butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup (plus 1/4 C) granulated sugar  The extra sugar is for sprinkling on top the cookies

2eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup of the peanut butter things with the sesame seeds. (I don’t know what they are called)

some chop chips for decorating

toasted black rice if you want

 

Preheat oven to 175C degrees.

In a medium bowl, stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until blended. (I use a whisk).

In a large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and granulated sugars until creamy occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Reduce speed to low, beat in vanilla, then eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape bowl, now beat on medium speed for 3 minutes or until creamy.  Reduce speed to low. Beat in flour mixture just until blended then add the peanut surrounded in sesame seeds.

Drop dough onto cookie sheets with baking paper.  Press chocolate chips into some and toasted rice into others and sprinkle some sugar on all of them.

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