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Cooks Spotlight:Peanut Butter-Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Photo by Susan Pridmore

Photo by Susan-The Wimpy Vegetarian

I saw this recipe on one of my favorite blogs The Wimpy Vegetarian, I have known Susan for quite some time, we first met on Food52 and I admire her delicious recipes, sound nutritional advice and beautiful writing style. Most of her recipes are vegetarian, she uses healthful ingredients and manages to whip up dishes that make you swoon, and believe me they are loaded with flavor and are truly satisfying. These cookies had me drooling, I love peanut butter and chocolate and fully planned on making them for this post but held myself back, I have been on a diet and am making headway with my weight loss and I knew if I made them I would eat them all so I am reserving this recipe (along with a few others) as a treat for when I reach my goal weight, 9 lbs to go!!  Just because I am on a diet that wont stop me from sharing what I believe is an amazing recipe. Look at these : Roasted Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich With Harissa Mayonaise or Roasted Strawberries And Honey Ricotta On Crackers. Each recipe is delicious and nutritions and beautifully written, you will feel like you are sitting at the kitchen table chatting with a good friend. Please visit Susan’s beautiful blog, i know you will love it as much as I do, there is a wealth of great recipes, sound advice and wonderful stories.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 ounces unsalted butter, room temp
  • 3 ounces peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2.8 ounces confectioners sugar, sifted, plus some for sifting over the baked cookies at the end
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 1.5 ounces unsweetened cacao (chocolate) powder
  • 1 egg
  • 5 ounces all-purpose flour

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Fit a pastry bag with a tip for the shape you wish to pipe. Bigger is better here, as the cookie dough can be a little stiff. If you don’t plan to pipe the cookies, they can be spooned out onto the prepared baking sheet too.

Beat the softened butter and peanut butter with a paddle attachment until lighter in color and creamy (about 2 -3 minutes). The color changes due to the air being whipped into it, which translates into a fluffy base for the cookie.

Add the vanilla extract and salt. When fully incorporated, add the sugars and beat again until fully incorporated, starting on low speed.

Add the cocoa powder and egg and mix until fully incorporated.

Sift in the flour in thirds and mix in using a rubber spatula until flour is just incorporated before adding the next 1/3. Do not overmix as this will result in a tougher cookie.

If you’re piping the cookies, spoon ½ cookie dough into the pastry bag and pipe cookies onto the parchment paper or silpat, 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart from each other. I pipe mine about 1 1/2″ in diameter at their base. They will spread a bit in the oven from the butter, and the tops will sink a bit, but the overall shape should hold fine.

Bake for 8 minutes or until just starting to set up. Do not cook until they become hard or browned.

Cool on a cooling rack. For larger cookies, you may want to let them cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute before removing to a cooking rack.

Sift with a little confectioners sugar just before serving.

55 Comments Post a comment
  1. Gorgeous looking (and sounding) cookies. They look like fresh figs… I imagine the mixture of the salt and chocolate is TDF…

    June 8, 2013
    • I have no doubt that these cookies are amazing. I can’t wait to give them a try.

      June 8, 2013
  2. I can’t say one would hit the spot, unless it was one tray 😀
    This looks incredibly delicious!
    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    June 8, 2013
    • They sure do and I could not eat just one. I love chocolate and peanut butter.

      June 8, 2013
  3. Those look soooo good! Peanut butter and chocolate? Yes, please!!!

    June 8, 2013
    • Oh yes, they have very little flour and i bet they could easily be made GF too!

      June 8, 2013
  4. Suzanne thanks so much for featuring my blog and recipes today !!! I love your blog too, and value so much our friendship !! Your writeup is beautiful 🙂

    June 8, 2013
    • Completely my pleasure, you know how much I love your blog and follow it religiously and value your friendship. Something this good must be shared.

      June 8, 2013
  5. A wonderful recipe and another great blog to follow. Thanks!

    June 8, 2013
  6. I’ve never seen such beautiful cookies, really. What an inspiring post!

    June 8, 2013
  7. These look so great and love the mixture of all the ingredients with the peanut butter, chocolate and salt – perfection!

    June 8, 2013
    • There is no way this can be anything but delicious with that combination! Thank you!

      June 8, 2013
  8. Now I’m drooling over Susan’s pretty cookies! I can’t resist chocolate and peanut butter together.

    June 8, 2013
    • I can’t resist the combination either, those cookies look and sound so good.Thank you!

      June 9, 2013
  9. Suzanne – that’s awesome re your success with the weight loss. It must feel good. Congrats and good luck in making your goal. (Getting inspired by your example to follow suit – but first, I would love a good round of nibbles of these wonderful PB chocolate kisses to magically in my lap. They look super great! (I’d never heard of coconut sugar btw … that’s entirely new to me) Anyway, I’m a fan of wimpy vegetarian – her recipes always look Ah-May-Zing and these are no exceptions

    June 8, 2013
    • Well, I still have a ways to go but am trying very hard. I haven’t posted very much lately because i am trying to stay away from making things that I would eat. It’s hard to do but I am determined. Susan’s recipes are a nice balance between decadent and healthful which is what I love about her.Thanks so much.

      June 9, 2013
      • Fig & Quince #

        You’ll get there – rooting for you! Maybe this would be a good time to post about little known (and healthy) Italian sauces or condiments or relishes? I know personally I would love to find out more about things like that (and it wouldn’t blow your diet.)

        June 9, 2013
      • Thats a great idea, caponata comes to mind but I make the usual Italian stuff but without pasta and bread. I will have to think about a post. Thanks so much

        June 9, 2013
  10. Naww these are so cute! Can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate 😉

    June 9, 2013
  11. Peanut butter and chocolate is a great combination! These look fantastic!

    June 9, 2013
    • Thanks so much, yes, Susan is a fantastic cook and her recipes are amazing.

      June 9, 2013
  12. What cute and tasty looking cookies!

    June 9, 2013
  13. These look fantastic! It is so nice of you to feature another amazing blog considering you are not necessarily making these delectable treats for yourself right now! I’ll go see her blog now. Thank you!

    June 10, 2013
    • Thank you, I do intend to make these cookies just not right now, I have to stick to my diet. So glad you will check out Susan’s blog, it’s wonderful and love her recipes.

      June 10, 2013
  14. These look so pretty and delicious! One of my favorite flavor combinations for sure!

    June 10, 2013
  15. These look delicious!

    June 10, 2013
    • Thanks Leslie, I know they are, Susan’s recipes always are. Can’t wait to make them.

      June 10, 2013
  16. The cookies sound wonderful. Great job on the weight loss, you go girl!

    June 10, 2013
  17. Good for you, Suzanne! Keep up the good (dieting) work! 🙂

    June 10, 2013
  18. Great looking cookies, I am sure they taste as good!

    June 12, 2013
    • Thanks Katerina, I know they will taste good, Susan’s recipes are always delicious.

      June 12, 2013
  19. chocolate and peanut butter are one of those perfect, cannot-go-wrong flavour combinations!

    June 12, 2013
  20. I just took a look a Susan’s blog. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this recipe Suzanne. Great work re the weight loss goal! I’ve never attempted to abstain from treats so I can’t imagine how hard it must be (argh?! No chocolate? Gotta be kidding!). But in saying that, you’re going to enjoy these cookies so much when you feel that you’ve ‘earned’ them! 🙂

    June 13, 2013
    • It is so wonderful, great recipes, photography and writing, I love it! Well, I have to admit I can’t stay away from chocolate, a bite or two of bar chocolate is part of my almost daily routine and I curtail my caloric intake to compensate. Must have chocolate, but am staying away from baked goods which for me is VERY hard. Thanks so much!

      June 13, 2013
      • I think a couple of bites of chocolate can fall into the ‘therapeutic’ category… you know, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium from the cacao, a bit of aphrodisiac effect (well, that’s what they say but I’ve never experienced that effect!). I think you’re doing awesomely. I adore baked goods so your willpower is super admirable! xx

        June 13, 2013
      • I totally agree, chocolate is health food as far as I am concerned. Baked goods are my weakness so that is the hardest part but I am trying. Thank you.

        June 14, 2013
  21. Liz #

    yes to swooning (and drooling) over these cookies!

    June 14, 2013
    • Yes thank you so much. Me too, I just love chocolate and peanut butter.

      June 14, 2013
  22. These look so good, I can hardly believe their vegetarian! I will definitely give these a try.

    June 15, 2013
    • Thanks I hope you like them. Susan has tons of delicious vegetarian recipes on her site. I use her recipes often.

      June 16, 2013
  23. Wow, your photo makes me wish to have one of them immediately!

    June 17, 2013
    • Susan took the photo and yes it is so beautiful I want one right now too! Thanks so much.

      June 17, 2013
  24. Thanks for sharing! Good luck on completing your diet! 🙂

    June 17, 2013
    • Thanks so much, still plugging away. Hoping I can reach my goal soon.

      June 17, 2013
  25. Thanks for sharing! Have liked on FB and following on twitter! Lovely cookies!

    June 21, 2013

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