Tonight’s dessert is made on the fly without the most delicious ingredient, the egg(s), for we ran out after last night’s disastrous cake flop. After a day on call, cleaning and peeping for jobs, a delicate dessert is deserved and what better than the creamy decadence of peanut butter cookies. Tonight is the first time we attempt this batch without eggs and I hope you enjoy the journey we find in the end.
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (we use crunchy)
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Mix sugars, butters, and extract in large bowl until creamy.
As type this blog I am waiting for my butter to soften naturally on the stove top while the oven preheats to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. I rotated the stick of butter and will most likely be waiting another 10 to 15 minutes for it to reach the soften level I am looking for; a total of 20 to 25 minutes to perfection.
Ingredients part Two:
- 1 and 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- Mix dry ingredients together; flour, salt, baking soda and powder.
- Mix together dry ingredients and sugars and butter mixture.
At this point an time I have mixed together the dry ingredients as well as mixed them with the butter and sugars. The mixture was stirred together with the teaspoon I used to measure the vanilla extract in the beginning. This left a semi clumpy, dry mixture that I hope to improve with my rolling the dough into balls before baking.
Directions continued yet again:
- On an uncreased cookie sheet roll dough into 3/4 inch diameter sized balls. Place in rows alternating the location of the cookies.
- If the dough feels too dry don’t press with fork print just yet, bake for 3 and a half minutes to warm up and melt together.
- Pull out cookies and press fork print into cookie creating a cross hatch.
- Bake in over for 5-8 minutes depending on oven and cookie.
I have put the cookies in for the initial three and a half minutes while I add to the directions above. I have been snapping photos along the way and once I have a complete set from start to finish I will add the photos to my entry. The timer is ringing so I must go and press into the warm moist cookies.
The cookies did not melt as I had intended and the reaction to pressing them ended on the opposite side of what I was going for. In some cookies the dough melted into the fork and absorbed its formation. It others, however, it was firm and broke into three pieces instead of conforming to the the rigorous fork. The photo below demonstrates the aftermath of what came of baking before pressing. The second batch I will press before baking and hope the outcome is more positive! I set the time for another five minutes and will look on in with the oven light rather than open the oven door until I am sure of the cookies baked completion. I can smell the nutty butter lofting through the kitchen into the living room where I type my baking event of the day. The time chimes again and I am off to see to my nightly delights!
Not quite done after peering in on them through the light of the oven and the tinted glass door. Not intending to leave them in there too much longer after the completion of the timer so I will see to them now in hopes of catching them at the perfect time!
While the cookies melted in my mouth and tasted of sweet brown sugar and peanut butter, they crumbled before even getting the chance to cool. This is most definitely a problem due to out of balance between the dry and wet/creamy ingredients. Next time I attempt eggless cookies I will make sure the balance is there. I removed the finished cookies into a tupperware container and started on my second batch, of which I pressed prior to inserting into the oven and will be baking them for a continuous 8 minutes before checking on them with the oven light.
The man I made the cookies for is sleeping sweetly on the couch with a slumber of breathing set to a slow steady rhythm of waves crashing into the shore. To stir him for a trial cookie would be to swim into an undertow. The timer rang, after checking on cookies I turned off the oven and let them remain in there until I finish writing this portion of the process. The scent has flooded in and I can no longer wait at my computer, I must go to my cookies and set them free!
Aw darn, just my luck, I should have not altered with the time. It looks now as I have removed the cookies from there torture chamber I may have overbooked the batch -a defeating moment in all my cooking baking history- to overtake is the worst, no one likes crunchy cookies. On a happy note the second batch doesn’t seem to be burnt or too over baked necessarily.