Monday, July 03, 2006

Mondays with Maida - Peanut Butter Pillows

Page 142 in the old book / page 176 in the new book

These Peanut Butter Pillows were a hit at my office. Too bad it was such a small batch! The name may sound delicate, but these saucer-sized cookies are anything but. As Terri said, they resemble little pies with their crimped edges and peanut butter filling.

They were not at all difficult to make. The cookies are sliced from a roll like most other icebox cookies, but then a bit of peanut butter is placed between two slices. After sitting at room temperature for a couple minutes, the dough softens and sort of drapes over the peanut butter. You then seal the edge and crimp it with a fork.

I used a natural style peanut butter (just ground peanuts, nothing else) both in the cookie and the filling and was quite pleased with the result. Though it may be that this choice affected the texture of the cookie somewhat. The recipe says that the cookies are crisp, but mine were crisp only on the edges. The cookies were rich and peanutty, and very good.

Unfortunately both Suzanne and Denny were out this week. Herman filled in, but we're down one taster...

Herman: "Your peanut butter cookies are excellent … 4 out of 5!!! They remind me of real peanut butter and have a nice texture. Congratulations!. Rating- 4.0"

Laura: "Crunchy and peanutty delicious! Other peanut butter cookies only dream of being this good! Rating - 5.0"

Terri: "These are outstanding! These are delicious for us peanut butter lovers. This cookie looks like a 'mini-pie' with the peanut butter in the center. Moist and very tasty. Rating - 4.5"

Overall rating by the panel - 4.5

Next week - Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies

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Anonymous said...


I can just taste the peanut butter. Well done!

Joycelyn said...

hi cathy, i'm a total peanut butter addict, so this one really sounds like it will hit the spot - thanks so much for a lovely post!

Anonymous said...

I love peanut butter, and will go along with the cookie panel and commentors. Reading this just made me want to head toward the kitchen and putting together a pb and jelly sandwich!

Regarding your comment on the zucchini...I came over here and searched for your cucuzzi post. They sure do have a resemblance going and now I'm wondering if there's any relation between the ones found in Liguria and Sicily. Great post!

Cathy said...

Hi Ivonne - thanks so much!

Hi Jocelyn - thanks! With the peanut butter filling, these are definitely for peanut butter lovers!

Hi Rowena - you know, when I was eating one I was wondering if it would be worth trying it with some jelly! :)

I think the similarity between your trumpet zucchini and the cucuzzi is just in appearance. From what I understand, cucuzzi is an edible gourd rather than a squash.

Nic said...

It sounds like the people in your office are real peanut butter fans. Maybe you should do one more batch for the abesntees. You know, for scientific testing purposes.
Oh, and I already know how next week's turn out!

Cathy said...

Hi Nic! That's a good excuse - I'll have to remember that one! Yes, I've been looking forward to revisiting those whole wheat peanut butter cookies.