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Manly Peanut Butter Cookies

The trend to flimsy, flavorless, soft, and generally sissified peanut butter cookies has to stop! These manly peanut butter cookies will kick sand in the faces of all other cookies in the jar.

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Manly Peanut Butter Cookies

by zirbirt

T he peanut, to me, is one of the most manly snacks there is. It's simple, but tough. You have to bust something open to get to it. It can be prettied up a bit with honey roasting or spices, but it is still totally identifiable as a peanut. The peanut doesn't tolerate fancy nonsense and frilly lace. The peanut loves to sit in a comfy recliner, watching sports while wearing it's most worn out shirt. In short the peanut is man food, and deserves to be treated as such.

This isn't to say a peanut, or a man for that matter, can't be sweet. Of course they can, but its a simple sweetness that never gets in the way of it being a peanut, or a man. So, when I look at peanut butter cookies, I want a cookie that represents all it is to be a peanut and a man. So, I make Manly Peanut Butter Cookies.

A manly cookie isn't soft. It is firm. Now, I don't mean like biting into a block of cardboard firm, more like crunch, that turns into chew while your eating it.

A manly cookie isn't small either. No, just one manly cookie should fill you up.

A manly cookie doesn't have fancy or carefully placed nuts on it. No, it has simple peanuts that have been pulverized just wherever they land, like a man would do.

So how do I make a manly cookie?

Manly Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 1/2 cups Peanut Butter
2 1/2 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Vanilla

For the topping:
1/2 cup Honey Roasted Peanuts (chopped)
1/3 cup sugar

I start by adding 1 cup butter, and my sugars to my mixing bowl and I mix them until they are nice and creamy.



Next, I add in my peanut butter. I use creamy peanut butter for the inside of the cookie. I do this mostly for the texture. I just find crunchy doesn't make as good of a cookie.

I beat this on medium high until its good and creamy, then I incorporate my eggs... one at a time.

Basically add an egg.. mix until fully incorporated, then add another egg.

Then I add my vanilla and mix to combine

Next I take my flour and my baking soda and sift them together. I add them to my wet ingredients, and mix on low until fully combined.

I then mix it on medium for a few, just to make sure its all good and creamy.

I take about 1/2 a cup of honey roasted peanuts, and chop them in my food processor. I tend to go very chopped, but its all about preference. So, stop when they seem right to you.

I put the nuts in a bowl and add in 1/3 cup of sugar and mix it all together.


I then take my medium scoop (or a tablespoon) and extract a ball of dough about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

I put that into the bowl and roll it around, giving a bit of pressure to get some nuts stuck into the dough.

I do about 12 of these on a large cookie sheet. The entire recipe makes about 3 dozen.


I then take my fork and press down on each cookie in 2 different directions, to make a cross hatch (if you have every made PB cookies before, I do it the normal way)

These go into a 350 degree oven for about 17-18 minutes. Once the edges start to brown they are done.


The end result is a solid, large cookie that feels right. It is crunchy, but has some chew as your eating it.. kinda like a Butterfinger.


Hope you enjoyed this posting! Thanks for reading!

zirbirt
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