Sunday, August 2, 2009

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

This week's SMS recipe was chosen by Stephanie of Ice Cream before dinner. Peanut butter cookies... they hold a special place in my heart. For one, I LOVE peanut butter. I grew up on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches- I literally had one almost every day from kindergatden through high school. And it was a saving grace when I was pregnant with my first daughter- I had gestational diabetes and it was one of the few things I really enjoy that I was able to eat without too much concern (even fruit was a no-no). Peanut butter cookies are a staple Christmas cookie in my house as well, so they always remind me of the holidays.


This recipe is very similar to the one I grew up with except we always rolled them in sugar and topped with Hershey's kisses. Funny enough, I always used to pick off the chocolate kiss and eat the cookie when I was little! I didn't develop an appreciation for chocolate until I was older. They are super easy to make, especially considering you skip the sugar rolling step. The only change I made to the recipe was the kind of flour I used. Believe it or not, I had run out of white flour and I had already run the to the store about three times this week and it was raining all day so I decided I had to make due with what I had on hand. After debating between whole wheat flour, graham flour, and oat flour, I went with the graham flour. I figured I love peanut butter and graham crackers so it couldn't be that bad!

I think the cookies turned out well, except they were a little flatter than what I anticipated and I kind of lost the cross-hatch effect in baking. I wonder if this had to do with the graham flour- the texture was definitely a little heavier than regular flour. But the flavor was great and they had a nice chewy texture. My husband loves soft cookies so I think he really appreciated them! The recipe is a definite do-over. I really liked the flavor of the cookie with the graham flour, but I'm curious to see if they would bake differently using a different flour.

Be sure to check out the recipe on Stephanie's blog and to see what the other SMS bakers thought of this week's recipe.

10 comments:

Fit Chick said...

Sounds interesting with graham flour and your cookies look like they turned out. You live in a beautiful state!

margot said...

Peanut butter and graham flour sounds yummy to me, the cookies look great! I definitely believe you when you say you ran out of regular flour; I cannot believe how fast I go through baking staples!

Lauren said...

mmmmmm... graham flour sounds great! your cookies look fantastic!

Stephanie said...

YUM graham flour? sounds delish! I thought about mixing some graham cracker crumbs into these cookies when making them.

And .... YOU USED TO PICK OUT THE CHOCOLATE KISS?? Kids certainly are crazy!! :)

Thanks for bakin' along! I'm glad you liked them.

Jaime said...

great job - i agree these flattened out a bit more than i anticipated

Tracey said...

Oh wow, graham flour? I don't think I've ever used that but it sounds terrific with peanut butter! Your cookies look delicious.

spike. said...

I love the cookies with the kiss in the middle!Graham flour sounds cool, I've never tried baking with it

Nina said...

Graham flour sounds awesome. haha =]

Michele said...

I think your cookies look delicious--I like thinner cookies best.

Sarah said...

Your cookies look so delicious! I've never used graham flour, though I've been wanting to... These cookies are making me want to go get some right now!!!

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