One of my friends has had an operation on her foot and will be off work for some time. While she’s working her way through TV box sets I wanted to send her a ‘get well soon’ gift – and had the idea of cookies shaped like feet as a message that she will be back on her feet soon!
Cookies are also easier to package and post, and likely to keep longer, than sending cake or muffins.
Last year I came across a hot drink called Peanut Hottie, which is like hot chocolate, made from a powder – but it tastes of peanut butter! It is very sweet and not something I’d want every day (or even every week) but if you like peanut butter then I highly recommend it. I’m planning to try mixing it with cocoa powder to make a Reece’s Pieces style drink!
Because it’s a powder I immediately thought it would be good in baking, particularly in cookies where the addition of peanut butter would change the texture. If you are making sugar cookie dough to roll out and use with a biscuit cutter, it’s important your mixture isn’t too sticky. But I was bored with making plain biscuits; I was going to flavour them with matcha powder but realised my matcha was a year and a half out of date (and since it’s supposed to be green, I wouldn’t be able to tell if it was mouldy!) so threw that out and decided to make peanut butter flavour instead.
I used a basic sugar cookie recipe and added the Peanut Hottie, so this is
Peanut Butter Cookies - An original recipe by Caroline Makes
2 cups self-raising flour
pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
2 tbsp. Peanut Hottie
Preheat oven to 180C.
In a large bowl cream the butter and the sugar then beat in the egg. Fold in the flour, salt and Peanut Hottie and combine until you have a dough.
Refrigerate for half an hour then roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter and place on a lined baking sheet
Bake in the oven for about 12-15 minutes depending on the size of your cookies.
I used a foot-shaped cutter that came in three different sizes and decided that rather than decorate the cookies I would sandwich them together using a thin layer of Biscoff Lotus Biscuit Spread which is really yummy.
I then packaged up the cookies to send to my friend and happily they arrived in one piece, though she said the box was a little squashed!
I'm sending this to SupergoldenBakes for her Cook Blog Share linkup.