5/3/09

the ultimate peanut butter cookie

pb cookies 1 4-22-2009 4-40-40 PM 1600x1200 There really is nothing quite like a good, I mean a good, peanut butter cookie. I've noticed, there are so many varieties of peanut butter cookies out there; the list keeps growing on the diversity out here in food-bloggerland. There are raw, flourless, all natural, no bake, no peanut-peanut butter cookies, I mean I could go on and on here. My latest batch of peanut butter cookies comes inspired from the idea of making a flourless peanut butter cookie as Joy the Baker did. But I used flour, just not that much; I needed a little bit in my pb cookie to make it just a bit heartier, denser, chewier--you with me?
Thank you also to Alexis Stewart (yes that one) who saw my cookies and made them her own way. I was honored beyond belief. Thank you. (the link is up top under the Press Links).


'almost flourless' peanut butter cookies
(sort of adapted by The Gourmet Cookbook & Joy the Baker)
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1 cup smooth-type peanut butter* (no oily peanut butters!)
¾ cup dark brown sugar
¼ granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 TB flour
1 ts sea salt
Bittersweet chocolate chips, about ½ cup, optional
Sea salt for sprinkling, optional In a small bowl add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix, set aside.
In a mixer or by hand, combine peanut butter and sugars until well combined. Crack egg open in a small bowl and beat. Add egg to the cookie mixture; add in the flour mixture but by sprinkling it over the cookie dough, not just depositing it in one large dump. Mix till combined. Cover bowl and let it sit in fridge for about two hours or more (mine did fine overnight). When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll into tablespoon sized balls and place on non-stick cookie sheets or greased cookie sheets. With a fork gently make a criss-cross pattern with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned. As soon as they come out of the oven sprinkle with just a bit of sea salt—this adds a nice peanut depth; this is optional. (If you want to add in a chocolate topping like I did, don’t make a cross-cross pattern, but rather make a small well. Bake those half way (about 5 minutes) then add in about 4 chocolate chips and bake remaining 5 minutes or so. The chocolate part is optional, but luscious.) Cool on a baking sheet for a while. Should make about 23 – 25 cookies.
*please use a creamy, not oily peanut butter. I used whole foods 365 organic creamy peanut butter, it has the perfect texture for these cookies.

92 comments:

  1. wow thats a freaky thing - how did you find out?

    I feel silly saying 'great cookie' but it is...

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  2. Content thieves are such morons, but I am glad you are protecting yourself now.

    Loooove the chocolate, salt, peanut butter combo. Freaking awesome.

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  3. You and I must live on different planets. On MY planet, that dough would have never lasted to the next day! HOW do you leave delicious cookie dough - especially peanut butter and chocolate chips .... overnight?

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  4. dog: I signed up for www.fairshare.cc (yes, that's the correct web address)

    gharkness: I literally forgot about it, which was good in a way as I could test to see if it would make it sitting as dough for a while.

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  5. Oh, that oozing chocolate looks ah-maz-ing!!!

    And I hope you're feeling better. I want to beat that low life up for you!!! And, anytime you need anything I'm here! (And it is handy to have a copyright lawyer in the fam! :))

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  6. Oh how I love peanut butter cookies...I wish I could reach in and grab one. They look delicious, Dawn.
    I'm sorry to hear you've been having problems.....people can't think up their own posts, they have to steal someone else's?
    That's really sad.......

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  7. I love peanut butter, but there are way too many recipes out there! I've never tried flourless or almost flourless because for some reason, it feels kinda weird when there's not flour.. maybe I'm weird..

    Omg! I can't believe you were a victim of blog theft. I mean, your pictures are amazing so I'm not surprised, but for people to actually steal?! Don't ever leave us Dawn, where are we going to do without all your crazy creations!?

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  8. omgosh i'm so sorry to hear about your photos and recipes being stolen. how did you discover that they were used without your permission?

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  9. Big time bummer :( I'm so sorry that happened to you. Hope all is ok from here on out.

    PB cookies look terribly sinful, dear (in a sinfully good way!)

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  10. The cookies look AAAAAMazing!! Love the natural PB and dark brown sugar, they have to be good!
    I am sorry you had to go through all of that trouble with your blog. I was pretty ticked too! Some people just urk me. I never thought I would have to worry about that, but I guess we all do. Love your new watermark. I still need to figure that out. I am glad you didn't quit your blog. I love reading your posts and drooling over your photos! Hang in there friend!

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  11. Those look great! I too, enjoy the flourless PB cookie recipe, great idea to add a little flour for some sturdiness!

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  12. I bet they melt in your mouth! Drool worthy for sure.

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  13. this is so awesome, I can have a dozen of them!

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  14. Awesome cookies...I can't resist peanut butter cookies...especially with that little bit of chocolate.

    I like your watermark! You may have to give me a tutorial!! Glad we got it taken care of...I love that we all have each other's backs!! ((hugs))

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  15. My pictures were stolen again this year. I'm upset with that. Hope you can do something about it.

    Love you PB cookies.

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  16. I'm sorry that it's happened to you, too. Stupid people will never learn. I'm glad you started putting a watermark on your photos.

    But none-the-less, I want some of those cookies. You wouldn't happen to have anymore, would you?

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  17. Didn't you basically get this recipe from Joy the Baker's blog? She posted nearly the exact same thing last week. That's very similar to stealing, when you take other people's recipe ideas.

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  18. I cannot believe someone was stealing your stuff! That is RIDICULOUS. Glad you found out.

    Love Joy the Baker! These cookies look incredible- especially with that melty chocolate. YUM

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  19. My hubs would love this one!

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  20. Those look so good! I especially like the ones where the chocolate has already set. Maybe I'll try these tomorrow.

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  21. I love PB cookies and yours look really yummy, especially since they're topped with chocolate!

    I'm so sorry you had to deal with people stealing your stuff :( I'm glad you got help dealing with the problem!

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  22. Too bad about the theft, it's becoming more common with scripts and such - so pathetic.

    Well these cookies look ridiculous. My peanut butter cookies are identical except I don't use flour or salt but I will now! Can't wait to try em!

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  23. Mmmmmmmm, those look YUMMY! Gonna have to try those soon... Like in the next couple days!

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  24. Sorry to hear about your blog troubles! Makes me want to get mine protected.

    The peanut butter cookies look awesome and are a must try!

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  25. Yah that seems to be going around doesn't it?

    These cookies look awesome...absolutely lovely!

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  26. Oh man, Dawn, you're killing me! I wish I could reach through this screen and take one right now as I lay in my bed. Lol!

    Thanks for the info on your kitty. Mocha still has an appetite and when she doesn't like the canned stuff (which is rare) I cook her up some chicken breasts with a little salt. :) We'll see what happens tomorrow when I get the results.

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  27. Oooo, chocolate, salt, peanut butter. Dawn, you speak my language.

    I hope you found some answers to the 'crap' that is happening with your blog. From the bottom of my heart I am glad you didn't quit blogging-my heart skips a beat when I see a new post from you.

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  28. Oh wow, ultimate indeed! I want the salted one! :) I hope the theft issue is resolved quickly. I don't get out much outside my feed so I'm not good at spotting them-- usually someone broadcasts thieves on twitter.

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  29. you know that person must be devoid of their own creativity to be stealing yours! jelousy makes people do mean things!
    The cookies look yummy. I bought a heap load of PB this morning. Might make the kids some of these.

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  30. My dear Dawn,
    I am sorry to hear that you were a victim in the blogger world. You asked me how I add my transparant watermark. My husband did it for me with photoshop. I can't explain that but if you have photoshop or something else you can make this out of that. I am glad that other people who are more skilled then I am, learned you how!! I hope that it all goes well! I love your cookies!
    Many greetings from a foodie friend from Brussels, Belgium!!

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  31. These look wonderful! Sorry about your experience with the content thief. I have been a webmaster for 11 years, far longer than I have been blogging, and have dealt with my fair share of that!

    As for Anonymous and their comment - NO it's not like stealing. She gave credit to Joy the Baker AND she changed the recipe, therefore it's not stealing.

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  32. This cookie looks fantastic, I love the chocolate on top.. How horrible for you to work so hard and have someone steal your gorgeous work. I mean imitation is a form of flattery but give credit where its due. Sorry it happened to you..

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  33. :(
    Sorry mama that you are going through this.

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  34. Everything you do is "ultimate" girly!
    Hey! Why don't you post some of the tips you learned about protection against content theft? Would love to read that! xox

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  35. This happened to me too a few months ago. They were steeling mine and another few bloggers things. One of the other bloggers got that blog removed through google.

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  36. that's quite a claim. this is one of my favorites types of cookies to make, but I always seem to try a different recipe. might have to try yours out.

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  37. To the "anonymous" person that seems to always try and find fault with almost everything I do--I did NOT steal from Joy the Baker I gave her recognition for her work and I did not use her exact recipe, I used my own version.

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  38. don't you hate cowardly anonymous comments like that?
    anyhoo, i love a chewy peanut butter cookie, and these do indeed look perfect. i love the dollop of chocolate on top too. :)

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  39. Oh man... I thought I had the ultimate peanut butter cookie recipe!!!! hahahaha I'll believe you, though, and try these ones since they do look great ;)
    I'm so sorry about the plagiarism situation... I hope you have fized it and that I won't happen again. I'm apalled at the amount of plagiarism out there, I've found a couple of sites stealing for some other blogs I read and I've immediately advised the blog owner. I don't know how much can be done, though... I'm glad you took action!

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  40. I don't understand how people can think they'll get away with stealing others recipes/pics/etc!

    Anyways, these peanut butter cookies look delish!

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  41. Wow, those cookies look luscious. I would absolutely add the chocolate on top...yummy!!! My husband loves pb cookies and for some reason I rarely think to make them, but I will definitely be giving these a try. Thanks for the recipe!

    I, too, think it's ridiculous that people feel it necessary/appropriate to steal other people's blog content. Sorry for all your troubles! But, thanks for hanging in there to continue to deliver your awesome pictures and recipes!

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  42. Oh wow. Wow. Those look spectacular!

    That sucks about the content theft, how did you find out? What are you doing to protect yourself?

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  43. Dawn, let me know if you learned anything new...why did you change your RSS feed?

    On to the cookies - yes, I'd have to say they are the ultimate, especially with the chocolate on top. YUM!

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  44. Chewy cookies are the greatest. Unless it is a dunker cookie then I prefer a crunchier cookie.

    The idiots who are thief should be shot. How hard is it to send an e-mail asking permission? Plus not like any of us are getting rich off of blogging anyways so what is their motivation?

    How did you end up protecting yourself?

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  45. I have been craving these for a while now. They look divine with the little pools of chocolate in the middle.

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  46. First of all Dawn those cookies look so good that I could take one off the picture and eat it all up - delicious.

    Secondly, I know all too well about these horrid people taking content as mine has been taken by so many websites I lost count... I know how you feel! Anyways I'm glad you have managed to sort it out. :-)

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  47. YUM! I'm totally with you Dawn. There's not much better than an amazingly good PB cookie. I like that you added a bit of flour; I need that chew in my cookies, too. These look amazing--especially with that dollop of chocolate on top. AMAZING. Can't wait til exams are over and I have plenty of time to bake, bake, bake (not to mention, catch up on the 700 new blogposts in my google reader :) )!

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  48. These look like perfect peanut butter cookies. Yum! Yum!

    I too have been the victim of blog theft. I nearly quit the first time I was aware of it, as I spend tons of time and effort cooking and building my blog.

    Your efforts are appreciated and I would miss your lovely photos and recipes if you stopped blogging.

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  49. holy crap. that chocolate looks so melty and delicious!

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  50. These photos are beautiful- they may be my favorite to date.

    I'm so sorry about your blog theft. Hod did you know? Did you see your images elsewhere? This concerns me too, but honestly I don't understand why peopple do that. I don't get it!

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  51. It's just rude to steal someone's blog content. How very frustrating. It should be against the law or something. Maybe it is?

    I wouldn't mind stealing some of these cookies, though! That top photo with the bite missing just about put me over the edge! YUM!

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  52. how awful! well. your pictures are too lovely not to steal to begin with i guess! haha. lovely looking cookies you have! definitely gonna make these:)

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  53. sorry to hear about the theft :( how did you figure that out?

    anywho, these look absolutely divine!!

    ps- i think you mentioned iggy's before, but i haven't been there yet... yet being the operative word :) do you ever buy their stuff in stores? is it the same?

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  54. Delicious peanut butter cookie with all the chocolate in a middle! Yum! Sorry about the blog thieves, I really have to start copy righting my pictures too.

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  55. Sorry to hear about the blog stealing. I was quite shocked when I saw that site with everyone's posts on there, just totally hijacked.
    These cookies sound perfect and I would love to try one with the sea salt. That might actually trump the chocolate one for me....maybe ;)

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  56. Hey Dawn! Just wanted to write you back about Mocha. Mocha is eating normally...in fact she's always hungry, drinking normally....doesn't seem any different besides the weight loss. She seems to complain a little more lately. Am wondering if she's a bit uncomfortable. So, she hasn't lost her appetite yet. Am hoping that's a good sign! She purrs still...kneads her blanket. If it's anything, hoping I caught it early enough? Thanks for thinking of us. :)

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  57. Sorry about the bad experience...the peanut butter cookie looks great. I love the pictures.

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  58. Dawn you are just an evil woman! This cookie is so decadent, but seriously, don't you just love them this way. Stay evil! = )

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  59. Peanut butter and chocolate...my fave!

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  60. I have had a few of mine taken as well...sorry it happened to you! These cookies look fabulous! :)

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  61. Wow, what a bunch of jerks! Don't let it get you down Dawn. And as for Ms. or Mr. "annonymous", you really need to get a life!!!

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  62. I'm sorry this happened to you Dawn, I'm glad you have people that helped you with it too. The cookies are fantastic!!

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  63. Yeah, I think that happens all the time (jerks!!!), but those cookies look so great. I mean really, really great.

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  64. Wow. Your pictures are fabulous! The cake on the main page looks divine. Where's that recipe? Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  65. Hey Dawn, would LOVE to know your wisdom and certain brands that are probably good for Mocha. I am doing some research and may head to the specialty store after work. :) Thank you!!

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  66. Don't hate me, but I don't like peanut butter! Ooops! But maybe your cookies would be a perfect treat to learn how to appreciate peanut butter!

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  67. yum! these look great dawn. i'm a sucker for anything pb, chocolate and anything sweet and salty.

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  68. Sorry to hear about the blog theft. Hope everything works out. These cookies look great. And with such few ingredients, even better! Thanks Dawn!

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  69. I'm so sorry this happened to you but glad you didn't stop blogging. I love reading about the recipes on your blogs and looking at the fabulous photos. And these cookies are no exception.

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  70. Man, Dawn, I am so sorry. Like many others I am apalled and hurt for you. So glad you didn't stop - I just made your artichoke cheese bread and I was the talk of the party. You are one of my favorite bloggers. I too would love it if you posted a "tutorial" about your experience. Thanks much for all you do.

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  71. What is going on with people stealing blog posts!?!?! Why! Despicable and disgusting...*sigh* Well, we hope you're better protected than before. These cookies are a nice way to come back.

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  72. Gorgeous shots. I'm not a huge peanut butter fan, but this is making me change my mind...

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  73. I am sooo sorry to hear that! I can't even imagine. I hope you do keep on blogging though! I look forward to your posts and amazing recipes.

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  74. Wow, these look delicious. I'm definitely bookmarking these to try later. With recipes like these, I'm happy to hear you haven't given up on food blogging. You're lucky to have such good people to help you out!

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  75. I made these and they came out great Dawn, thanks for the recipe!!!

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  76. Hi, Dawn! I just pop by your blog every once in a while to look and let me mouth water. I wanted to comment on this entry to let you know I am SO sorry your content was hijacked. Your recipes look divine (I really want to do some baking, but don't trust myself around chocolate, so need to wait for a group to try some recipes)and so incredibly creative!

    However, what I love the most are your pictures. Whenever I look at the photos, I feel like I can taste the ingredients and smell the fragrance.

    Thanks for doing what you do and sharing it with us. I love it, and I'm glad you're not stopping!

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  77. OK, I'm going comment crazy here! I think I've bookmarked about 20 of your recipes thus far..these being another chocolate-peanut butter delight I cannot pass up, especially with the addition of sea salt. OMG, heavenly! Thank you for posting this recipe!

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  78. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe tomorrow. I'm not a huge cook, but i'm really excited about this.

    i read your blog about some of your stuff being stolen. i'm wondering if it's okay that i linked to your recipe on saveur for my facebook page. that's where i first heard of the recipe. if not, i'll take the link down.

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  79. That's great that they're butter free too! Can't wait to try them. They sound almost candy like. Yum, thanks!

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  80. I absolutely love this cookie recipe. I think I've made it about 5 times in the last couple of months! It's really brilliant. I work as a cook and I've made them for my bosses and they think it's amazing! (Don't worry we're not going to use them to sell or anything...as if they'd ever make it out of the kitchen with all of us eating them). I love it's simplicity and strong flavour.
    You're great! Keep it up. Don't let blog thieves get you down. There's always a way to get them. I knew a guy whose jewelry designs were being stolen by a woman in Scotland (we're in Australia) but I just emailed around to the places that were hosting her products and they shut her down. Plagiarism is not cool!

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  81. I just made these for my husband on Father's Day. They are the best PB cookies I've ever had, and they worked perfectly on the first try! The sea salt + pb is wonderful.

    P.S.
    "¼ granulated sugar" is missing the word or abbreviation "cup."

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  82. Hi Dawn. Needed the perfect sweet/salty/naughty treat this weekend and as always, your blog delivered! The dough is gorgeous, it's in the fridge now chilling. Going to make the chocolate well kind and the plain as you did to try. As always, thanks for sharing!

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  83. I made these cookies and stuffed them with cream cheese and dark chocolate ovenadventures.blogspot.com Um-mazing thanks for the recipe!

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  84. Snowed in here in Colorado today and it seemed only right that I should make cookies :-) Delish, truly! I stuck my dough in the freezer for 45 min and they came out just fine. Because like @gharkness, I couldn't stand having cookie dough around for too long :-)

    Thanks for sharing! Love the blog!

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  85. These are THE BEST Peanut butter cookies I have EVER had. I am sitting at work right now enjoying the last one I baked last night & will be making more when I get home. I followed your exact recipe (which I don't usually do)I was unsure about the salt but it gives so much more flavor to the peanuts! Thank You Thank You for sharing this!

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  86. I made these cookies last week. I found them a bit salty, but my husband loved them! I may cut down a bit on the salt.

    I also had trouble getting the chocolate chips to melt. I'm going to try again tomorrow though.

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  87. I love this recipe so much!!! Yum thank you, its my second time making them in one week!!! I humbly made 2 slight variations; I only put 3/4 cup of brown sugar, and added just a little bit of melted butter to the dough....I though it made them softer and hold together a little better. My friends quickly devoured the few cookies that I didn't!

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  88. tried this recipe and it was a hit! if i were to bake these cookies using teaspoon size, do you know how should i adjust the baking time? thanks! :)

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  89. I have quite a bit of peanut butter I'd like to clear out of the panty...if I made a large batch of this batter, could I freeze it do you think?

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    1. I highly doubt it.
      Such a delicate cookie-I doubt it would make it.
      Feel free to try and let us know!

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  90. I love this recipe, it is brilliant. I have tried it numerous times now, I even baked a bunch and took it home to Germany for my nieces, with whom I baked the recipe again.. where I learned new baking lessons (when baking with a 5 year old and 7 year old... just breath and go with the flow).
    I have to confess, I was a bit cheeky, I used the base of your recipe, substituted peanut for almond butter, added some roasted, salt, skinned almonds and the left over chocolate chips that needed using up

    Thank you very much! I love your approach to food and the things you turn up with, it makes for a great read and inspires

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