Monday, July 10, 2006
Mondays with Maida - Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies
Page 143 in the old book / page 177 in the new book
Another plain, but very good cookie. The twist here is that raw sugar is used, which contributes to the crunchy, crumbly texture of the cookies.
I used a natural style peanut butter again for these cookies. I made these once before and remember them having a firmer (not so crumbly) texture. Either I'm remembering wrong, or possibly the peanut butter I used made the difference. It was the same variety, it's just that it had been hanging around longer. If you've ever bought this type of peanut butter, you know that the oil separates out with time. You're supposed to stir it back in, but I always blot it with a paper towel or pour it off. I wind up with some very solid peanut butter (not exactly spreadable!), but I rationalize that it's healthier since it's lower in fat. Next time I'd be tempted to cut back on the butter a little to see what happens, that is unless I've got some old peanut butter hanging around!
Update - I just remembered the other difference. I was out of unsalted butter and used salted butter. Hmmm...
These cookies are a little difficult to slice - they tend to crumble on the bottom edge - but they can easily be mended with your fingers. In spite of these slicing woes, they always seem to bake up to near-perfect circles.
The panel was lukewarm on these cookies, but they did have their fans.
Suzanne: "Whole wheat must mean that the cookie is healthy and therefore we can have as many as we want. I also like anything with peanut butter in them and I like the crunchy texture. Even though the cookie was healthy, had peanut butter and was crunchy, it wasn’t anything special so I gave it a rating of 3. Rating- 3.0"
Denny: "My Aunt Josephine made the best PB cookies ever, so I'm not objective. Rating - 3.0"
Laura: "Tasty and crunchy and peanutty. A tad crumbly, but still delish. Rating - 3.5"
Terri: "Very tasty, especially if you like peanut butter. These remind me of a shortbread cookie with the peanut butter flavor. Rating - 3.0"
Overall rating by the panel - 3.1
Next week - Icebox Nut Cookies