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Jazzing up Peanut butter cookies???

HannahBanana Jun 14, 2008 10:50 AM

Making peanut butter cookies, was going to add some honey roasted peanuts to the batter or chocolate chips, but have done this sooooo many times before. Any creative tasty ideas??

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    Uncle Ira RE: HannahBanana Jun 14, 2008 12:17 PM

    Never tried this, but how about some chopped candied ginger and/or a pinch of cayenne? Sounds good to me, but then I’ve never met a peanut butter cookie I didn’t like....

    Uncle Ira

    1. chowser RE: HannahBanana Jun 14, 2008 01:42 PM

      I couldn't get over that the winner of this recipe got $1 million for double delight peanut butter cookies but I thought it sounded interesting.


      I'd probably take it, add chipotle or espresso grounds and dip in chocolate after baking, sprinkle w/ sea salt. I think I hit all the trendy foods right there.

      1. Miss Needle RE: HannahBanana Jun 14, 2008 05:28 PM

        Curry powder. I think it would be interesting.

        1. sarahjay RE: HannahBanana Jun 14, 2008 05:42 PM

          Peanut butter cookies make great ice cream sandwiches, with all kinds of ice cream flavors

          1. goodhealthgourmet RE: HannahBanana Jun 14, 2008 05:56 PM

            chocolate & chopped dried bananas
            chocolate & cinnamon [and if you like spice, i'm with uncle ira on the pinch of cayenne]
            white chocolate & chopped macadamias or cashews
            white chocolate & dried cranberries or cherries
            espresso powder & chocolate
            cinnamon & raisins
            chopped dried apricots [chocolate optional]

            1. ipsedixit RE: HannahBanana Jun 14, 2008 10:55 PM


              1. Emme RE: HannahBanana Jun 14, 2008 11:22 PM

                Filled PB and J Cookies
                Roll out the dough and cut circles, or pinch off pieces and flatten to make circlish shapes. On half of the circles, put a dollop of your favorite jam in the middle, then cover with the other circles and seal all the edges so the jam doesn't escape during baking.

                Brown Sugar coated - roll dough balls in brown sugar and bake

                Instead of adding honey peanuts to the dough, take individual dough balls, dip on all sides in honey, then coat with chopped peanuts and bake

                1. viperlush RE: HannahBanana Jun 15, 2008 07:55 AM

                  Bacon. On her Top Chef blog Lee Anne mentioned that she has a recipe for peanut butter cookies with bacon in them that she loves. Sounds good to me.

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                    rizzo0904 RE: HannahBanana Jun 15, 2008 10:12 AM

                    I like to make my pb cookies in a mini muffin tray. Just before they are done, I push a small pb cup into the middle and cook for about one more minute.

                    they are also good rolled in sugar. put a hershey kiss in the middle just as they are finishing.

                    i've also had them where you roll the dough around a small candy...such as a caramel, or whatever you prefer.

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                      HannahBanana RE: rizzo0904 Jun 15, 2008 11:15 AM

                      OHHHHHH....sounds heavenly!! Thanks!

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                        goodhealthgourmet RE: HannahBanana Jun 15, 2008 01:17 PM

                        rizzo's PB cup suggestion made me think of the "PB surpise" muffins i make. i hide either a dollop of preserves or ganache in the center.

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                      Finsmom RE: HannahBanana Jun 15, 2008 04:03 PM

                      Hey sis-
                      Ive had these bookmarked on my computer and haven't tried them yet.. may be interesting?

                      Peanut Covered Peanut Butter Slab Cookies

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                        mark RE: HannahBanana Jun 16, 2008 04:48 AM

                        sprinkle with coarse sea salt before baking.

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                          beelzebozo RE: mark Jun 16, 2008 05:58 AM

                          a little sea salt makes any cookie twice as good. have you had cook's illustrated's crispy oatmeal cookies with sea salt? they're fantastic.

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                            mark RE: beelzebozo Jun 16, 2008 06:43 AM

                            those are wonderful cookies. very addictive!

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                          HillJ RE: HannahBanana Jun 16, 2008 05:07 AM

                          Thumbprint pb cookies with a 1/4 tsp of fluff-a-nutter or jam in the indentation
                          Drizzle baked pb cookies with caramel, apple butter or raspberry puree
                          Chocolate dip the edges or 1/2 a cookie
                          Add crushed coconut to the batter
                          Add diced granny smith apples to the batter

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                            burlgurl RE: HannahBanana Jun 16, 2008 05:47 AM

                            one of my favorite taste memories of childhood is the peanut butter cookies my best friend mom makes..
                            They were peanut butter cookies, with Reese peanut butter chips. (look for them in the bakery aisle). These are heaven!!!!!!!!!
                            I'm actually going to seek these out and make these today!

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                              Ferdzy RE: HannahBanana Jun 16, 2008 03:38 PM

                              There was a peanut butter cookie contest not that long ago...


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                                Dr Chow RE: HannahBanana Jun 16, 2008 06:41 PM

                                Nuts. Put some nuts, whole or crumbled, on any cookie, including already baked, boughten ones. Walnuts. pecans, hazel nuts, cashews or peanuts even (barring serving to persons with various nut and legume allaergies). Makes them tastier and better for you.

                                1. Kholvaitar RE: HannahBanana Feb 11, 2013 06:54 AM


                                  How 'bout some--

                                  Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Stacks


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                                    pine time RE: HannahBanana Feb 11, 2013 09:42 AM

                                    prosaic, but good: add a bunch of butterscotch chips. Once I also slightly crushed some dried banana chips--okay for flavor, but the texture was wonky.

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                                      ohmyyum RE: HannahBanana Feb 11, 2013 10:41 AM

                                      I make triple threat pb cookies with Reese's pieces and pb chips.

                                      My mom freezes snickers bars and chops them up before adding to the dough.

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                                        asf78 RE: HannahBanana Feb 11, 2013 11:26 AM

                                        Instead of some of the butter in the batter, put in a mashed banana. It will infuse a slight banana flavor without the texture issue of banana chips that pine time talked about. Or, dice up a fresh banana and fold it into the batter carefully.

                                        Substitute some of the flour with oats.

                                        Make a frosting (either for the top, or as a filling in a sandwich cookie) that contains some marshmallow fluff, maybe a little bit of peanut butter, and a bit of powdered sugar? I'm going off the cuff here, so I have no idea about measurements.

                                        Some sort of caramel something - either caramel chips, or a chopped caramel candy bar? Or maybe make a caramel glaze. The idea is sort of like a Pay Day candy bar, or a Snickers bar without the chocolate.

                                        Make a cookie version of GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts) and fold raisins into the batter. But let the people know, because there is nothing more disappointing than expecting chocolate and getting raisin instead.

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