It isn’t often, at the moment, that I’m getting a sweet craving; but when I do…I need it NOW! I’ve taken to keeping a few bars of Lidl dark chocolate in the house, just in case the baking mood overtakes me! And on Monday…it sure overtook me!
I make no secret of the fact that I potentially view Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups as one of the greatest creations of the modern day. I love those things, the familiar orange, garish packaging, the satisfying crunch that leads to a smooth hit of peanut butter. If you’ve seen Fifty First Dates and you’re anything like me, then that scene when Adam Sandler is given a huge box stuffed to the brim with Reese’s is a bit like porn!
Anyway, with a taste for peanut butter and about half a jar left milling around in my cupboard, I decided to try my hand at a cookie homage to my favourite sweet. I tried a basic peanut butter based recipe and dipped half the cookies in melted dark chocolate for an extra hit. As usual, I rustled these up from bits hanging around in the kitchen cupboards – and the choice of Lidl chocolate is only 35p per slab, an absolute bargain! Try them if you dare…
Ingredients (To Make Approximately 8 Large Cookies)
100g Golden Caster Sugar
100g Demerara Sugar
140g Plain Flour
120g Butter (softened)
1 Large Egg
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
Approx 3 heaped tbsps Smooth Peanut Butter (crunchy is an option)!
100g Dark Chocolate
In a mixing bowl, cream together both sugars and the butter until light and a little fluffy. Then add your egg and beat until combined.
Follow this by adding the dry ingredients to your mixture – the flour, bicarb and salt. Mix with a spatula and ensure that the mixture is all incorporated. Finally, dollop your peanut butter in and mix until combined.
Using a dessert spoon to roughly measure, separate your dough into 8 equal sized balls and place on your prepared baking tray.
Place the cookies in the oven for approximately 20 minutes – the cookies should be golden brown in colour but not hard. Remove and leave to cool.
Meanwhile, over a pan of boling water, heat your dark chocolate in a bowl. Once the cookies have cooled, dip one side of each cookie in the melted chocolate, place onto a cooling rack and allow to harden.
Go put the kettle on, relax and enjoy a cuppa with your new favourite frugal cookie!