12/12/08

peanut butter shortbread

copyright 2009 dawn finicane

I love going to the peanut butter company website to find new exciting ways to create baked goods with pb in them. Plus their peanut butter products are some of my favorite. A while ago I saw this recipe for peanut butter shortbread, bookmarked it, even printed it out to try at some point. Or as most of us say, put it in the "to cook" pile. I finally came around to baking it. If you are a lover of peanut butter then I highly suggest making this. It's very rich, very buttery and you can try new flavors of peanut butter to use (best part) in it. The recipes on their website change from month to month so I don't know if the pb shortbread is still up there, but I'll list it below for you. There is also a recipe, currently up there, for pb hot chocolate. Sounds good.
I loved this shortbread so much, that the next time I make it I want to dip one end of the shortbread in melted milk chocolate and give these out to family & friends as Christmas gifts. I haven't even begun to start my holiday baking! Ack! Anyone else way behind in baking? For some reason I am having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit lately. Maybe it's all the rain and lack of sunshine. Who knows. I did all my Christmas cards, but it felt like it took forever and a day to do. Anyone else in a Christmas-less funk?

copyright 2009 dawn finicane

PB Shortbread
adapted from The Peanut Butter Company

2 cups flour
2/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup white chocolate pb (or try the: Dark Chocolate dreams, Mighty Maple)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
(I added 1/2 cup of Nestle pb & milk chocolate swirls morsels)

Prehead the oven to 275 (I cooked mine at 300 degrees). Grease a 9-inch cake pan for wedges or I guess you could use a square pan or even roll into balls for cookies.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour and salt and set aside.
In a separate large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter, peanut butter, sugar, and vanilla till fluffy.
Continue mixing, adding the dry ingredients 1/2 cup at a time, until fully incorporated.
If you want classic wedges, at this point press the dough into the prepared cake pan, using a knife to score the surface of the dough into 12 wedge-shaped pieces. (I put mine in the fridge to chill for an hour before baking, then scored the dough before baking)
Repeatedly press the tips of a fork around the outer edge of the shortbread, creating four concentric circles of dots.
Bake for 60 - 75 minutes (I baked mine at 300 degrees for 60 minutes) or until shortbread is a pale golden color (if using the chocolate pb look for a slight crispness around the edges).
If in wedges, allow to cool for 1 hour before cutting.
(the next time I make these I am dipping one end of the shortbread into melted milk chocolate). Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks. I put caramel drizzle on almost everything.
A big thank you to my friend Elle over at Elle's New England Kitchen. I won her recent giveway contest and will be receiving Barefoot Contessa's latest book "Back to Basics". I am over-the-moon thrilled to have won.

30 comments:

  1. Ohhhhh, those sound delicious. But, hello, white chocolate pb? That exists?!? Where the hell have I been?!!!

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  2. Yeah I'm behind too. I'm thinking about taking the butter out of the fridge, but that's as far as I've gotten!

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  3. Ooooh Dawn this peanut butter shortbread is so rich and such an innovative idea. Just soooo good!I love your comment you left on my blog Thanks sweetie! I know your house is going to smell awfully good come Christmas!!!Merry Christmas my dear and a happy new year!

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  4. I love anything with pb also. Lovely treat.

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  5. HOLY FREAKING YUM, FOR SURE!!

    Congratulations on winning Elle's contest!!

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  6. I know what you mean about not being in the holiday spirit. I don't even think I am sending Christmas cards this year and I am actually waiting on the holiday to be over to do much baking. This shortbread does sound so good. Have a great weekend (out of the rain!)

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  7. Oh. My. God! i have to try these! I never in a million years thought of adding pb to shortbread. It looks fabulous!

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  8. I love PB and shortbread so this would be a big hit with me!

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  9. Genius. I thought of this idea a while ago but never went through with it. These look pretty much perfect. I bet you could use this recipe and shape them differently to make some jelly thumbprint cookies!

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  10. Since Josh can't have PB I get to make these all for my lonesome:) They look so good!

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  11. I am baked out and just came home with 10 dozen assoted cookies. But now i could go for some of these. They look delicious.

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  12. I never heard of peanut butter shortbread! Shortbread is one of my favorite cookies - love the texture and flakiness.

    I haven't begun my holiday baking yet, either, but I'm not really behind. First I do all the decorating, then the shopping and making of gifts and then finally the baking.

    Hope you get in the spirit soon! Stay warm!

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  13. I am sure this is so delicious...wow! I love it...but who doesn't love PB!

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  14. Dawn - you are killing me! This shortbread looks delicious. I love the idea of dipping it chocolate - yum.

    I haven't begun my Chrismtas baking either - I guess I should get started.

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  15. yummm i've never had pb and shortbread together but this sounds delicious!

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  16. Looks great - I love peanuts - I love butter - and I love short bread - lol.

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  17. Hmm, I think I am boycotting baking done especially for the holidays... Too many baked goods coming in as gifts! But there's still room for extra-special baking for me and my family ;)
    I LOVE peanut butter and anyone who doesn't is mad! I love the shortbread and I love your new banner too! (PB cups of course!)

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  18. I'm book marking this one my husband loves pb anything and I know when you like something it's gonna be GOOD!!

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  19. these would NOT be safe around me :) freakin fantastic!!

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  20. ya gots to have that caramel drizzle. gots to.
    meanwhile, i hope you break out of your funk soon. :)

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  21. Hey buddy, I never would of guessed you have a little of the holiday blues. Did the big snow smacking the other day help put you in it? Besides going to the gym I've been making cookies with mom. I think it was nice to heat the kitchen up... yup that's it.

    And wait til you see the glute post I have a brewing. Something up your alley workout wise.

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  22. you had me at "very buttery"!!!
    I will not be making this, only because I would eat all of it! GRRRR..will power issues!!!
    Congrats on winning the fab cnew cookbook!

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  23. I have never seen peanut butter shortbread but I know I will love it!

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  24. Peanut Butter Shortbread, now there's a winner! Shortbreads just got better because of Dawn.

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  25. Your pb shortbread has me over the moon and then to dip it in chocolate...I've gone to heaven!

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  26. This sounds awesome, and I will definitely be checking out The Peanut Butter Company!

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  27. WHOA! This looks FAAABULOUS! What a great idea!

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  28. I like how this looks.... Looks so rich but crumbly at the same time.

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  29. Me too Im not in Christmas mode yet.. I think it was my vacation... But I'm sure if I got to taste that shortbread I would start singing Chritmas carols!

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