I don't often make peanut butter cookies at home. Don't get me wrong, I love them to the ends of the earth. But my incredibly British husband didn't grow up with peanut butter, and finds the taste off-putting.
I know. I don't know how I married him either, but it turns out he's a pretty nice guy and the best daddy around, so I think I'll keep him, peanut butter-hating tendencies and all. I could make batches of the dough and freeze the dough balls, but all that temptation taking up space in my freezer, when it's only me to eat them, is just a little too dangerous. So I just don't make them.
But this year I decided to participate in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap again, after a few years off. (Having a baby will throw off your traditions like whoa, people.) I love that I get three dozen not-baked-by me cookies, and I love that the whole shindig raises money for Kids' Cancer research.
Now that I have a kid myself, I think about those sort of things more, and they always make me cry. I don't like to cry, so instead, I decided to bake cookies and help raise money. It's only a little thing to do, baking cookies, but the raising money thing is pretty huge. I'm amazed at Lindsay and Julie for pulling it off every year.
Now, about these cookies. Maple is a flavor that I love - when it's baked into things. But when it's poured over pancakes and you get sticky hands that then smell like maple syrup for the rest of the day? Not. So. Much. But I do really love maple as a baking flavor.
Paired with peanut butter? Quite magical. It's sweet, a little savory, with that nice nutty undertone. They bake up just like traditional peanut butter cookies, so expect that texture. The only thing to be wary of is over-baking. You do NOT want to do that here, or you will end up with hockey pucks instead of cookies.
Go for the under-baked vs. over-baked. They'll cook a little more on the pan while they cool, and then they'll be just perfect for devouring with a big ol' glass of milk.
If you have peanut butter cookie lovers in your life, you've got to add these to your holiday baking list. They're such a fun twist on the original, and as the Brits like to say, completely more-ish. That means you want more and more of them. Isn't it a great word? I wish we'd use it more in the U.S., because it completely describes some foods, like these maple peanut butter cookies.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter, or crunchy peanut butter
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- granulated sugar, for rolling
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine softened butter and maple syrup. Mix on medium high speed until light and creamy. Add in vanilla extract and mix again until incorporated.
- Add eggs and peanut butter and mix again until both are fully incorporated.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Use a whisk to combine and aerate the dry ingredients.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in three increments, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition is mixed in.
- Use a medium cookie scoop to measure cookie dough into balls. Roll the dough ball in your hands to make it round, then roll it in the granulated sugar.
- Place the dough balls roughly 1-2 inches apart on a parchment or silicone mat lined cookie sheet, then press each one in a cross-hatch pattern with a fork.
- Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Do not overbake!
- Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then move to a cooling rack.
- Store in an airtight container for up to four days, or freeze for up to three months.
- You can freeze the dough balls before baking them, and then bake just a few cookies at a time, whenever you like.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Silpat Perfect Cookie Mat
Le Creuset Jelly Roll Pan
360 Bakeware Jelly Roll Pan