peanut butter shortbread

by Sam on December 15, 2009

blinged up for xmas

I have recently fallen in love with peanut butter, I was kind of neither here nor there about it, now its very much a part of my life.  I took this classic shortbread recipe and peanutbutterified it. 

recipe:

  • 200gms butter (original recipe is for  250 gms if you want to leave the peanut butter out and keep it classic)…..plus a bit for greasing
  • 50gms crunchy peanut butter (I used WW organic crunchy peanut butter because its awesome but any kind would work)
  • 125gms  caster sugar (plus a bit more for sprinkling)…I store vanilla pods in my caster sugar which imparts a lovely flavour
  • 250gms plain flour sifted
  • 125 gm corn flour

how to make:

  • preheat oven to 150 degrees c
  • butter a 20 – 24cm square tin
  • cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy
  • add the flour and corn flour and mix lightly with spatula or wooden spoon and then your hands until you have a smooth dough
  • roll your dough on a floured surface until about 2cm thick
  • press the rolled out dough into the tin getting it into the corners (I skipped the rolling out and just pressed it directly into the tin — a slightly less even surface which I quite like)
  • prick the dough all over with a fork
  • bake for around 50 minutes until a nice golden colour
  • while it’s still warm from the oven sprinkle over caster sugar
  • allow to cool slightly then cut into desired squares with a sharp knife

Perfect shortbread texture, subtle but yet distinctive peanut butter flavour, nicely blinged up with some edible glitter for christmas gifting. Such a winner!

just baked

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Laurel December 15, 2009 at 9:09 pm

I’m not a big fan of peanut butter but my friend took me to this place that makes Indianapolis Specialty Desserts and we both had a piece of something that was similar to this. And I have to say, it was pretty good. Normally I will not eat peanut butter unless it’s paired with something really good. For example, I will not eat peanut butter and jelly unless the jelly is strawberry, raspberry or blueberry. No other flavors will work for me. I’ll also eat peanut butter and chocolate, but there has to be more chocolate than peanut butter.

drizzleanddip December 16, 2009 at 7:48 am

Hi Laurel, I agree totally with you on the chocolate to peanut butter ratio. The fact that it is so nutritious is an added bonus. In south africa we dont eat peanut butter with jelly, we pair it with syrup (a classic childrens sandwich). I quite like it with a drizzle of honey if I’m needing a slightly sweet edge. Like with all food, not all peanut butter is made equal – and I have found that really good quality organic peanut butter to be soooo much better. S

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