Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Peanut Butter Swirl Cookies

Okay...I admit that the handwritten scrawl on the worn paper said "Peanut Butter Pin Wheel Cookies" but as mine did not turn out perfect....I am thinking a swirl is as good a name as any. I found this recipe inside a book in a stack of recipe books given to me to sort through from a good friend and colleague. The recipe seemed easy enough although peanut butter cookies are very sensitive and break easily, so do be careful and allow them to cool properly...on a rack! The aroma was so delicious I had to break down and be the taste tester this time....they did not disappoint.

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar and 1 cup white sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour

Filling:
2 teaspoons butter
6 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in peanut butter, vanilla and egg. Add baking soda and salt, stir until well distributed, then add flour and stir until it is absorbed. Chill dough for 45 minutes max.

While the cookie dough is chilling prepare the filling. Melt chocolate with butter in a bowl in ten second intervals in the microwave. Let cool slightly

Divide chilled dough in half. On a lightly floured surface roll each half into 10 X 8 inch rectangle and spread each rectangle with half the chocolate mixture, stopping about ½ inch from sides.
Starting from long side roll up each rectangle jelly roll style to form 2 long rolls. Wrap separately seam side down in plastic wrap. Chill until firm at least three hours or overnight.

Using a sharp knife, cut into 1/4 inch slices. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes of until lightly browned. Transfer to wire rack to cool. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen medium sized cookies. NOTE: Make sure that your oven is at the right temperature.

8 comments:

  1. thanks for the new cookie recipe, it is peanut butter so they can't take it to school, but what a tasty treat after school, they look yum (lecker)=}

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  2. oh I feel so bad for those with nut allergies. . . so far so good at our house. I'll be whipping these up soon, we have a cookie after lunch EVERY day. . I'm a big fan of eating what I like in moderation. So far that theory has proved okay.

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  3. I can't wait to try these cookies...they are so pretty!
    ~Kelli

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  4. These look like the best peanut butter cookies ever! I do need some help eating all the baking I want to do! Even at one cookie a day....

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  5. These look so good! I just found this blog today and can already tell I'll be spending a lot of time here going back through all the wonderful recipes.

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  6. I like peanut butter anything and this is such a pretty cookie.

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  7. I made these cookies the other day and they are by far the best tasting peanut butter cookie I've ever had. They look great too. My husband said they looked like something you'd buy at a bakery. Still have a roll of dough in the freezer for when guests come over. Thanks very much for the recipe.
    Jackie

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  8. mmm.. I just took the first batch out of the oven and tried a cookie. it was very tasty , thank you for sharing the recipe.

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