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dinami Aug 11, 2007 04:27 PM

I want to make some peanut butter toffee cookies and it calls for smooth peanut butter. Is there a more favored brand of peanut butter for cookies?

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    bigjimbray Aug 11, 2007 09:10 PM

    No matter what style smooth or crunchy I like the flavor of JIF.

    1. Emme Aug 11, 2007 11:35 PM

      Take a look a the Cooks' Illustrated taste-off for PBs in and out of cookies... http://www.cooksillustrated.com/image...

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        dinami Aug 12, 2007 08:06 AM

        Thanks!! This helps a lot! :) I love America's Test Kitchen but I don't subscribe to Cook's Illustrated. :)

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          AMFM Aug 12, 2007 08:35 AM

          that's crazy to me that people all hated the natural pbs. interesting. i love smucker's natural and that ground at the store (although the grind your own is HARD to cook with). And I like many of the organic brands but you have to be careful since many of the organics aren't sugar free the way the naturals are.

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        slowfoodgrrl Aug 12, 2007 09:04 AM

        Jif has worked best for me. I find Skippy too salty.

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          Oh Robin Aug 13, 2007 02:39 PM

          JIF by far. Dark, rich and creamy.

          1. wino22 Aug 13, 2007 04:41 PM

            JIF, especially when baking.

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              HillJ Aug 13, 2007 04:53 PM

              dinami, if you buy a bag of roasted peanuts and good quality peanut oil you've got the makings for homemade, smooth or crunchy pb with a quick whirl in the food processor. It's an easy, first step to baking without the added sugar. You can't get any fresher!

              1. briaberger Aug 14, 2007 01:22 PM

                I used to make peanut butter cookies ALL the time and I loved Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter I got from a peanut butter store in the Mall of America. You couldn't really taste the chocolate in the cookies but it made them so rich.

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                  hollyeve Aug 14, 2007 08:31 PM

                  That would be PB Loco

                  www.pbloco.com

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                    HillJ Aug 15, 2007 06:30 AM

                    holy pb! that's some wild adult pb..pays to be creative!
                    I can't imagine pb & sun dried tomato...wow

                    thanks for the link-might make for an interesting gift.

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                      briaberger Aug 15, 2007 10:02 AM

                      Yes, I've been to PB Loco several times and sampled all (yes, all) of the peanut butters as I'm a complete fanatic. They're all delicious, but I especially love the mocha for breakfast items and the asian curry spice for satays (have seen several different spellings for this word..?). Fun store, I definitely recommend stopping by if you're around the area.

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                        HillJ Aug 15, 2007 04:56 PM

                        Their recipe for Baked French Toast (avail on the website) looks great! I found a local PB Loco supplier!

                2. Infomaniac Aug 15, 2007 06:56 PM

                  Peter Pan brand because most of the recipes I make using peanut butter come from a Peter Pan cook book that I have.

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