Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Browned Butter Peanut Butter Cookies + Peanut Butter & Co

There's a little shop in lower Manhattan called Peanut Butter & Co. About a year ago, while my best friend Alex was visiting, we made a trip out there to eat some huge and delicious peanut butter sandwiches, share a peanut butter sundae, and buy some jars of peanut butter to take home. If you're not familiar with PB & Co, you should be. I could talk about them all day. But visit their web site, google them, you'll become enlightened. They're not only a sandwich shop-they produce 10 varieties of amazingly delicious and addictive peanut butters: Smooth Operator, Crunch Time, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, The Heat Is On, White Chocolate Wonderful, Dark Chocolate Dreams, The Bee's Knees, Mighty Maple, Old Fashioned Smooth, and Old Fashioned Crunchy. (visit here to find them in a store near you, or you can always order online). They don't just sell peanut butter either-what they sell encompass all you would want/need that goes along with it. They love peanut butter. I love peanut butter. Match made in heaven. So, I was super stoked when they sent me a shipment including 2 of my favorites of the amazing PB & Co peanut butters:

Dark Chocolate Dreams
 Dark Chocolate Dreams: peanut butter blended with dark chocolate. This is my favorite. I love it. I simply love it. It is rich and delicious and is so amazing in so many different things. This peanut butter is so phenomenal that my, aforementioned, bff, Alex, brought a jar with her to England for her semester abroad. If you knew what a tough time she had fitting everything into the small amount of luggage she was allowed, you would understand how big of a priority she made this stuff. It can be utilized in many different recipes, but, honestly, just about anything you dip into this chocolate will come out amazing. It can also make a mean PB&J. Or PB&marshmallow. Or...heck...just anything. You could just cut out the middle man and go at it with a spoon:

The Bee's Knees
  Peanut butter and honey go together like...well...peanut butter and jelly. I'm actually pretty sure there are camps about this. I take no sides. If we're talking a sandwich, I'll go for the jelly, but if we're talking desserts, I prefer to pair the peanut butter with honey. The Bee's Knees is a delicious peanut butter that's already blended with honey. It makes great sandwiches, smoothies, peanut butter toast, oatmeal...and many many other things (such as those desserts I mentioned). Speaking of desserts! I have some amazing cookies to share with you that I made using The Bee's Knees. The browned butter really pairs great with the honey and peanut butter flavors. Michael and I adored these cookies and ate them up quick!

 Browned Butter Peanut Butter Cookies



Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar + more for sprinkling
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup peanut butter (whatever kind you like. PB & Co's The Bee's Knees is delicious!)
  • If not using The Bee's Knees: 1/2 tsp. honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
Preparation:
  • In a large bowl mix the sugars.
  • To brown butter: Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, whisking often-continuously, until it turns brown and little specks show up (it will take a little over 5 minutes).
  • Add the browned butter to the sugars. Let the mixture cool 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Once cooled, add peanut butter (and honey?) to butter mixture and beat on medium speed (with mixer) until smooth.
  • Beat in egg.
  • Mix in the milk.
  • Add dry ingredients into wet until just incorporated. 
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours-up to 10 hours.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Roll cookie dough into 1 inch balls. Flatten with a fork (while holding sides to maintain circular shape) then flatten with the fork again at a perpendicular angle to the first, to create a cross-hatch.
Like so.
  • Bake cookies 9-10 minutes, until the edges are beginning to brown, but still somewhat doughy in the middle.
  • Upon removal from the oven, immediately sprinkle the tops of the cookies with sugar.
  • Cool on sheets until firm.

Peanut Butter Recipes (that I've posted so far) you should try using PB & Co for

Disclaimer: Peanut Butter & Co provided me with free samples, and I was under no obligation to review them, or give a positive review. My opinions are always my own.

32 comments:

  1. Those cookies look FABULOUS! I love the Bees Knees! It's my favorite stuff!!

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  2. I have a jar of chocolate dreams sitting at home. I usually eat it with a spoon. :-)

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  3. Amazing!! I wish we had things like this in the UK. Peanut butter is my all time favourite. xx

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    1. There ya go! I've heard a lot of UK-ers are wary of peanut butter...you know what's good, though :P

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  4. I love their products they're just so good!! If I ever go to NY I have to go to their shop!!

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    1. You do-it's super awesome! Very tiny but the sandwiches are HUGE!

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  5. I've seen that brand at Whole Foods by me but I've never tried it, sooo buying it next time! I need some of that dark chocolate dream! Your cookies look super good too :) Those are like perfect little pb cookies with the forking!

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    1. Girl, DO IT! You have no idea. Also, immaturity is about to emerge: teehee..."forking" :P lol

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  6. GAH!! I want to eat everything in this post! OMG, I have never seen this PB, probably not available in Montana, but you can bet I'm going to seek it out. And, with my brown butter obsession I can't believe I never thought to make BB PB cookies! I bet these were out of this world!!

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    1. They're amazing!!! And if you look at the site they can tell you retailers near you that sell their PB---I found at least 2 places in Missoula! :D

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  7. I made some peanut butter cookies recently but they didn't turn out nearly as good as yours. These look scrumptious!

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  8. Yummy!
    I just made some butterscotch cookies a little while ago, but these look really good!
    Thanks for the step by step pic's, that always helps...and make you hungry. =)

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  9. i need to try this peanut butter, it sounds fantastic! and those cookies look amazing - i love that you used brown butter in them! genius!

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  10. Flavored spreads are all the rage these days and this brand does look like they have some excellent flavors. You have been creative with the products and it does inspire. Your cookies here look to be a tasty recipe, especially with the browned butter. Have a great day and enjoy one of those cookies for me!

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  11. These cookies look insane :D
    I love brown butter! And what an excellent range of delicious spreads!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. Oh gosh, how do I get THOSE samples? To. Die. For. Love those cookies!

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  13. I love how you just went for it with that pretzel!

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  14. I have a houseful of PB Nuts... I've heard about PB & Co but haven't made it.... I think it's time :)

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  15. I'm with Susan. All this baking is great and I'd be happy to eat it all but you could also just pass me a spoon. :)

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  16. wow..these cookies looks incredibly tasty
    happy following you..:)
    do stop by mine sometime
    Tasty Appetite

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  17. Love it as topping on everything...bread, crackers, cuppycakes, muffins...I love the cookies too!

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  18. Oh, your pb cookies look SO yummy! I will keep my eyes open for this brand...hoping their products will be in the Midwest soon :

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    1. There are some stores in the midwest that carry! Go to the website and enter your zipcode to find places near you with PB & CO :D

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  19. u lucky girl!! i wish i could be sent some peanut butter goodness!

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  20. Your PB cookies look fantastic! I would love to get my hands on a jar or two as well. :)

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  21. Hey Kayle, I'm presenting you with a blog award today! Come check it out :)

    http://naturesnurtureblog.com/2012/05/07/another-award-kreativ-blogger-award/

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  22. Wow! I just made this dough and it is amazing! I can't wait to actually bake these tomorrow. I love that this recipe has so much peanut butter in it--they are so much more peanut buttery than other PB cookies I've made in the past. Plus anything with browned butter is phenomenal. I have been baking so much more since finding your blog. You've inspired me! Thank you!!

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    1. you just made my day, so glad to hear it!

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