Sunday, 29 November 2009

Cookie Time


A friend bought me this book for my birthday back in July and ashamedly, despite admiring the pages, I had yet to actually make anything from it. So, after recently discovering this blog and then through it this blog, I knew I just had to choose the Peanut Butter Cookies as my first introduction to the The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.


Here is my baking process and the recipe to try it out for yourselves if you so desire. I only used half of the quantities listed below as 24 cookies is far too many for me to get through, it made 10 large cookies.


Ingredients:
225g unsalted butter at room temperature
200g caster sugar
200g soft light brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
240g crunchy peanut butter
340g plain flour
2 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
75g chopped dark chocolate
4 baking trays, lined with greaseproof paper


Preheat the oven to 170˚C (325˚F) Gas 3








Put the butter and sugars in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and cream until light and fluffy.




Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula after each addition.


Turn the mixer down to slow speed and beat in the vanilla extract and peanut butter.


Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt and mix well until a smooth dough is formed. Stir in the chocolate until evenly dispersed.


Arrange 6 equal amounts of cookie dough on each prepared baking tray. Make sure that the cookies are spaced apart to allow for spreading while baking. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges and quite flat.


Leave the cookies to cool slightly on the trays before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. The cookies should be soft and chewy.


Devour with a nice cup of rose tea. Ok, that bit is not part of the recipe. But a nice cuppa and biccies are the perfect mix. I would definitely make these cookies again and in this quantity. I did have to keep them in the oven a little longer on a lower temperature. And I used some Galaxy chocolate I already had but it definitely needed a stronger darker chocolate as suggested, so I would stick to the recipe. But other than that, very delightful!



41 comments:

  1. Oh, I am glad, you helped me find your blog. We have a really similar taste and looks:) I'll put you on my blogroll right now! besos Jenny
    http://www.ilovemuffins.es/blog

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  2. I must admit: You're the queen of photos!

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  3. That's so funny. I'm baking cookies right now! :)

    Your peanut butter cookies look delicous. I'm going to try them out as well!

    S*

    Oh, I can't wait for you to get my parcel! Let me know when it's there!
    ;)

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  4. GOOD WORK WITH UR BLOG!

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    PLEASE READ MY POST ABOUT
    THE TSCHERNOBYL KIDS!
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    TZOULES

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  5. The Hummingbird bakery is my all time favourite cookbook. The recipes and the pictures are divine!

    I've only made these once and I can't think why because they were so delicious.

    yum x

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  6. Wow, what a wonderful pile of cookies :) Looks like heaven! You take beautiful photos.

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  7. They look delicious, I love peanut butter cookies!

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  8. Oh those cookies looks very yummy.=) I made a soft gingerbread cake yesterday.

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  9. Holy Shmoly - your styling here is GORGEOUS! You have the same aesthetic in cooking as in fashion - feminine but clean-lined. Just beautiful. And where did you get all those amazing appliances???

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  10. I think I need to have one of those hummingbird bakery books as well!!

    Tagged you for a fun activity at my page:)

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  11. great photos! Love your photography skills!

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  12. Oh ! Délicious ! And fabulous pictures as usual !

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  13. I so wish I had an oven ;/ This looks like heaven.

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  14. Yum! I must bake these, they sounds and looks fab and I adore crunchy peanut butter... ;-=

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  15. They look delicious, I got to try that recipe someday... thanks for sharing.

    The good thing is that now the weader is turning cold so I reather be on the kitchen than any other place in the house LOL

    Saludos,
    Clau!

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  16. Baking done right... beautiful and yummy post!♥

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  17. Oh, wow! These pictures are as good as the cookies! Great recipe. I love chocolate chip cookies. Thanks for sharing.

    xoxo
    B* a la Moda

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  18. Oh, yum!! Your cookies look so delicious. Your kitchen and utensils are gorgeous.

    lululetty.blogspot.com

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  19. If I didn't have a slice of cake next to me right now, I would be salivating!

    Amazing pictures, they are truly gorgeous!

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  20. This looks so good to eat :) I love peanut butter cookies! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  21. OH

    MY

    GOD

    (+ Janice laugh) ^^

    I would KILL for having that "The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook"!!!
    I never ate a cupcake like in the Hummingbird Bakery cupcake shop, in Portobello Road, London.
    How much is it? ££££
    I want it!!

    Your photos are sublime, I wish I was here to taste your delicious cookies :P

    Mwah

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  22. Great blog! I am following you:)

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  23. Great post. These cookies look delicious.

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  24. Ooeh that looks so tasty!! Beautiful pictures... You make me wanna bake a cake :D

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  25. oh I'm so glad you posted this! M&S definitely have the best peanut butter, can't wait to try this!

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  26. Great photos! Peanut Butter cookies are my fav!!

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  27. Mmmmmm. I just said I want to eat tres healthy this week and NOW I want to bake something fierce. Go figure. Ah ha ha

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  28. Yum yum yum COOKIESSS!!!

    What camera do you use to take those amazing photographs?!

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  29. Cutest post ever! I love all these photos, and great directions!

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  30. So amazing!!!! I love these pictures. You make baking look so chic.


    clothedmuch.blogspot.com

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  31. I want to run out and buy ready-made cookies now.

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  32. you have the PRETTIEST baking equipment. i'm in love with your cute timer. ugh. so cute.

    also, that's the pretties egg carton i've seen.

    i'd love to devour half a dozen of those cookies with a glass of lactose-free milk, please! :)

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  33. Oooh, those cookies look divine! I must try out this recipe, but I currently don't have a mixer, so baking always ends up with a sore arm at the moment ;-) Nevertheless, I think Christmas isn't anything without baking at least a few yummies... thanks for sharing!

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  34. hmmm those cookies look delicious. i so want that book, but i'm going to save up for such a lovely recipe book! x

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  35. thank you so much for the lovely comments, i'm very sorry it is taking me so long to respond this week!

    rain_beau - it has now arrived, i hope you have my email. your cookies look yummy!

    cait - it was seeing yours that helped me decide which to make first!

    brinja - thank you so much!

    sher - thank you for the tag!

    valentine - i'm not sure the cost, i received it as a gift but i will have a look for a link. i wish you were here to try them too!

    joanne - i use a canon eos 1000d

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  36. Oh my god! I LOVE your toaster! Where is it from?

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  37. eva - it's a little timer in the shape of a toaster. i just bought it from a local kitchen shop but i've had it for years, i haven't seen one anywhere else :(

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  38. hmm im going to make it right now


    http://healthy-muffins.blogspot.com/

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