Monday, November 5, 2012

Peanut Butter Cookies | Milk Bar Monday

Milk Bar Peanut Butter Cookies

I always complain about having to adjust to the time changes but let me tell you what – I am feeling fully rested after actually taking advantage of the extra hour and sleeping in  yesterday.  I rarely do such a thing.  I am a busy body and feel like sleeping in is a waste.  But I did it and it felt amazing.  I did it, in part, because I spent Saturday working my little tail off in the kitchen.  One of my successes: these peanut butter cookies.

Milk Bar Mondays returns and the ladies and I have another Christina Tosi cookie recipe to share.  Although, these aren’t you average peanut butter cookies.  Would you expect average from a Milk Bar recipe?  I have come to expect anything but average.  These cookies start with an amazingly simple peanut brittle with only two ingredients – sugar & peanuts.  It was so fun to watch the sugar transform into a gooey caramel.

Tosi swears by good ol’ Skippy peanut butter, unroasted and unsalted nuts and this simple peanut butter cookie recipe doesn’t even require the normal 10-minute creaming process because of the added fat in the peanut butter.  They are slightly soft but still chewy, have plenty of salty peanutty flavor and are made perfect by the added crunch of the peanut brittle.

Milk Bar Peanut Butter Cookies

My observations on the peanut butter cookies:

– I’ll admit that this is not one of my favorite Milk Bar recipes – the other cookies that we have made have been far superior in my book.  However, everyone that I shared these with absolutely loved them, so maybe I’m just not a peanut butter cookie kind of gal.

– I normally use bread flour for Tosi’s cookie recipes but accidentally grabbed all-purpose instead.  So, after realizing that, I added two tablespoons of flour to the dry ingredients to prevent them from spreading too much.  If you have it, use bread flour for these.

– The recipe calls for half of the recipe of peanut brittle – I used the whole recipe; after adding half, it just didn’t seem like there was enough in the dough so I added the rest and it didn’t seem like there was too much.  Also, I would recommend breaking up the brittle in a food processor just to avoid the huge chunks like I had.

– Tosi never recommends to combine all of the dry ingredients before starting, she just suggests to add them in and mix – I recommend taking this step ahead of time, I find it much easier to mix the dry, and then add them all at once when the recipe calls for the dry ingredients.

Milk Bar Peanut Butter Cookies

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You will find the recipe on Jacqueline’s site, The Dusty Baker

And be sure to check out the other Peanut Butter Cookie posts:

Audra of The Baker Chick

Erin of Big Fat Baker

Milk Bar Peanut Butter Cookies

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52 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cookies | Milk Bar Monday”

  1. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 5, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Ohhh myyyy looooorrrdd. I love peanut butter cookies and Cassie… these look extraordinary. Happy (milk bar) Monday 🙂

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    Audra@The-Baker-Chick — November 5, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    These look great Cassie! i agree that the large piece of brittle in the cookie looks really cool! I bet it was yummy to bite into as well. I’m so glad MBM is back!

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    Parsley Sage — November 5, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    Well, I’m certainly a peanut butter gal and these look HEAVENLY 🙂

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — November 5, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Yay for MBM!! These cookies look completely delightful!

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    Kathryn — November 5, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    Ooh interesting; I’m ashamed to say that, having bought the book over the summer when we were in NYC, I haven’t actually opened it yet! I really must change that…

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    Tracey — November 5, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    I am definitely a pb cookie girl, and these sound amazing! I rarely sleep in either (for the same reason as you) but I took advantage yesterday too and it was glorious 🙂

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    Cookbook Queen — November 5, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    These look like some of the best peanut butter cookies ever. LOVE milk bar mondays!!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — November 5, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    Yep, gonna have to make these bad boys! I have been craving peanut butter lately. Also, how the heck did I miss your BBQ chicken nachos? Have mercy!

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    Ana — November 5, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    I love peanut butter so I think these sound amazing!
    Gonna give them a try!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 5, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    Yay I love that milky bar monday is back! I’m also ecstatic that you made these cookies.

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    Erin | The Law Students Wife — November 5, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Long live Milk Bar Mondays! Great call on the full PB brittle batch. I can only imagine the texture of it is fabulous with the soft cookie surrounding it.

  12. #
    Ashley - baker by nature — November 5, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    Yumm, Cassie – you make peanut butter cookies look so dang good!

  13. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — November 5, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    Can I have them for breakfast? YUM!!

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    JulieD — November 5, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    Love this!! They are so gorgeous, Cassie!!

  15. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 5, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    I am a pb cookie girl and I love the addition of the brittle!

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    cathy @ Noble Pig — November 5, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    I like trying new PB cookie recipes, they are all a little different. The brittle is a cool idea.

  17. #
    Erika — November 5, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    Yeeee I love milk bar monday!!! Sad to hear these weren’t your fave, but I love your description/photos of them!

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — November 5, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    Babies never get that, “Spring Forward, Fall back” memo so it just totally blows when you have kids.
    But these cookies look incredible! I still haven’t bought the cookbook,but I HAVE recommended it to about a thousand people.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 5, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    Thanks for your review of them! I have seen them in her book but as Ive told you, I never have great success with her cookies. They are always ‘fine’ but never quite BAM amazing for me and after all the steps she calls for, I just decided to write off her cookie recipes. lol Even though you may not have cared for them quite as much, they look great! And after playing around w/ bread flour, I am all about it in cookies!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — November 5, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    They look good to me! And sleeping in is a waste? Oh my. Just yesterday I was telling my husband that I think most food bloggers must never sleep because of how many posts they write and how much time they can spend on social media. I don’t even have a full-time job and I can’t find the energy for it! So good for you, miss busy body. 🙂

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 5, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    That extra hour really was the best! And I’m so glad you got to make these cookies! They look to die for! So glad milk bar Monday is back 🙂

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    DessertForTwo — November 5, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

    Ok, I need this cookbook. I’m so inspired by everything you post from her!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 5, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    I love peanut butter cookies! Even better when they’re stamped with a Hershey Kiss in the center 😉 These are perfect, Cassie. Thanks for sharing!

  24. #
    Elizabeth — November 5, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    I love cookies with peanut butter!

  25. #
    Monica — November 5, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    Peanut butter cookies are SO my favorite! I may have to ask my mom to make these! yay!

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    Kari@Loaves and Dishes — November 5, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    Peanut butter cookies with peanut brittle, yummo! My fillings may not be intact after eating these cookies, but I’m willing to risk it.

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    luv what you do — November 5, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    I love peanut butter cookies! These look fantastic!

  28. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — November 5, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    i love me some peanut butter cookies! they look perfectly fluffy and chewy!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — November 5, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    I’d love to make up a tripple batch of these and give them as gifts over the holidays – I bet they’d be a real hit! And I’d probably eat about half of them in the process, but there’s always time to make more 😉

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 5, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    Yum, these cookies look like heaven!

  31. #
    Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen — November 5, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    Not a peanut butter cookie gal?! Oh no! Well, they sound perfect to me. I love how soft they look!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — November 5, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    These are gorgeous Cassie!!

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    Ryan — November 5, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

    Yum! These look like the perfect peanut butter cookie, especially with the peanut brittle! Beautiful pictures too!

  34. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — November 5, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    Peanut brittle IN cookies?! I think I need to check out this book.

  35. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 5, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    So glad MBM is back! These look so heavenly!

  36. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — November 5, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    So glad to see Milk Bar Mondays are back! I definitely need to get this book. These look great! 🙂

  37. #
    Meghan — November 5, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    I’ve been baking cookies all day, and now I could go for one of these! The peanut brittle sounds like a wonderful addition!

  38. #
    Deborah — November 5, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    Ok – I’m totally loving that these have peanut brittle in them. Love it!!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — November 6, 2012 @ 2:18 am

    OMG, totally going to make these! I just made Christina’s Candy corn, chocolate chip with corn flake crunch cookies. They were SOOOOO good!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — November 6, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    Mmmm…these sound wonderful! I so love a good PB cookie!

  41. #
    Angie — November 6, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    These cookies look perfect! Great for holiday giving!

  42. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — November 6, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    PB cookies with a little added crunch sounds good to me!

  43. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — November 6, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    I am totally a peanut butter cookie gal and my keyboard is going to short out from my drooling!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — November 7, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    These look just wonderful to me, but i totally hear what you’re saying. My husband loves peanut butter + loves cookies, but he just isn’t wowed by them together. Luckily, I am, so that means more for me. And I’d love a few of these right now!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — November 7, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    Hubba Hubba! My kids would go crazy over these.

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    BigFatBaker — November 7, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Your cookies look like the turned out perfect! I will have to make these again with bread flour and mix the dry like you did… It is a little odd that she never suggests to do that.

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 7, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    CAssie, these look GREAT! And the extra peanut brittle – i’m sure – went a long way. even though these weren’t your favorite MB cookie, they surely do look WONDERFUL. I am a peanut butter cookie kind of gal. 🙂 I’ve always been intrigued by Tosi’s cookie recipes – have never made any myself. Gorgeous pics too. I kind of want to eat that dough with a spoon.

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    Jacqueline - The Dusty Baker — November 11, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    Ohhhhhhh, your cookies look PERFECT! And brilliant idea of adding all the peanut brittle!

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    Shari-Tickled Red — November 15, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    LOL! It takes me months to adjust to the time change but that’s because of the boys. Getting home from school when it’s getting dark irks them. Love these cookies, they’ll make a great after school snack.


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