Cute Valentine's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

by - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day. A day to celebrate love, whether that's expressing your love for your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, dog, cat or even your gal friends. 

As I've mentioned briefly already (in my Sew Bloom review post, please be sure to check it out if you haven't already) S and I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day. This will be our 3rd and although we're not about the conventional gifts we do get each other a card. To me, that means a lot more than a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates. 

A card and the words written in it is something I can treasure forever.  I know he's taken a lot of time deciding what card to buy and I know he's taken a lot of time thinking about what he's going to write. 

That to me means the world. So rather than buy each other lavish gifts I decided to make some super cute peanut butter chocolate cookies - because S adores anything peanut butter flavoured and although I'm a bit "love it or hate it" I wanted to experiment. 

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This recipe I managed to make 26 small cookies I could've probably made 36 in total. Depending on how big your cookie cutter is, depends on how many cookies you will end up with. 

200g Plain Flour
50g Cocoa Powder
100g Soft Brown Sugar
1/2tsp Baking Powder
65g Butter
65g Golden Syrup
1 Lrg Egg
1-2tbsp Milk
65g Peanut Butter (smooth or crunchy)

Begin by preheating your oven to 180c/350f/Gas Mark 4

Sift your flour, sugar and baking powder together in a bowl.

Add the butter and by using your finger tips you want to combine the ingredients until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

In another bowl lightly beat your egg, before adding 1tbsp milk, the golden syrup and the peanut butter. Now mix and make a well in the middle of your "bread crumbs".

Pour in your egg, peanut butter mixture.

At this stage, you can either use your hands to combine or for ease and quickness you can use an electric whisk. You want to combine all ingredients together until it forms a dough. Don't worry if your mixture seems a bit dry, add another tablespoon of milk.

Once all your ingredients have combined, you want to knead your dough ball onto a lightly floured surface. The mixture might seem a little wet now but don't worry. 

Half the mixture into equal amounts, popping one-half back into your mixing bowl and adding your cocoa powder. Be sure to give this a really good mix to ensure the cocoa powder is combined fully.
Now you want to begin rolling out the first half of the mixture and using whatever shape cutter you like begin cutting your cookies. Placing them on a greaseproof lined baking tray. I then popped my cookies into the fridge to firm up a bit.

While they're in the fridge, I left them for around 5-10 minutes, you can begin rolling out the cocoa mixture. Again using whatever size cutter you wish begin cutting out your cookies. You want to end up with the same amount of chocolate to peanut butter. 

Now place these onto your greaseproof lined baking tray and pop into the fridge for 5-10 minutes to firm up. Take out your peanut butter cookies and begin cutting out your middle shape, as these are Valentine's cookies I chose to cut out a heart shape in the middle.

Do the exact same thing with your chocolate cookies. 

Using alternate hearts to fill in the holes of the alternate cookies.

Now place in the oven on the middle shelf and cook for 18 minutes. I found this to be the perfect amount of times to give a nice mix between a crunchy cookie and a soft cookie.

And most importantly, enjoy! These are great with a cold glass of milk.

As always if you decide to try this recipe, please remember to tag me @itsjess__x on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #WhatJessBakes as I'd love to see your creations.

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