Peanut butter cookies with salted peanut caramel

The name is all you really need to see to know you are making these peanut butter cookies with salted peanut caramel. I mean come on!! The recipe is courtesy of one of the one guy I wish I could be – David Lebovitz It is like a no brainer andddddd it is the ninth day of Christmas baking, so just get on it. We are really f’ing close to the end!

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Peanut butter cookies with salted peanut caramel

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 44 minutes

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup creamy salted peanut butter regular peanut butter, not natural
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the salted peanut caramel

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped roasted salted peanuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. With an electric mixer make the cookie dough by beating the butter, brown and granulated sugar until smooth with the paddle attachment. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the peanut butter.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture and stir until there are no patches of flour.
  4. Scoop up teaspoon-sized portions of the dough and roll each piece between your hands so they’re as smooth as possible so they don’t crack at the edges when performing the next step.
  5. Space them 1 1/2-inches apart on the baking sheets, then use the rounded end of a wooden spoon, or your thumb, to make a depression in each one. If the sides crack, just push them back together.
  6. Bake the cookies for 14 minutes, rotating the baking sheets midway during cooking, until they are light-golden brown and the edges barely start to darken. Remove from oven, and while they’re warm, press in to reinforce each depression with the end of the wooden spoon.
  7. Let cool completely while you make the caramel.
  8. Make the salted peanut caramel by warming the cream in a saucepan or microwave, and setting it aside. Cook the water, 1 cup sugar, corn syrup, and salt to a caramel, gently swirling the pan only if necessary (to ensure it melt and cooks evenly) until it turns a nice golden brown. This will take a bit of time, and you can burn it in a second, so keep an eye on it.
  9. Remove from heat and immediately whisk in the hot cream in a slow, steady stream.
  10. Cool until warm and pourable, then add the chopped peanuts.
  11. Spoon some of the caramel into each cookie, letting it set for about an hour Keep them in an airtight container, at room temperature.
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Peanut butter cookies with salted peanut caramel

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 44 minutes

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup creamy salted peanut butter regular peanut butter, not natural
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the salted peanut caramel

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped roasted salted peanuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. With an electric mixer make the cookie dough by beating the butter, brown and granulated sugar until smooth with the paddle attachment. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the peanut butter.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture and stir until there are no patches of flour.
  4. Scoop up teaspoon-sized portions of the dough and roll each piece between your hands so they’re as smooth as possible so they don’t crack at the edges when performing the next step.
  5. Space them 1 1/2-inches apart on the baking sheets, then use the rounded end of a wooden spoon, or your thumb, to make a depression in each one. If the sides crack, just push them back together.
  6. Bake the cookies for 14 minutes, rotating the baking sheets midway during cooking, until they are light-golden brown and the edges barely start to darken. Remove from oven, and while they’re warm, press in to reinforce each depression with the end of the wooden spoon.
  7. Let cool completely while you make the caramel.
  8. Make the salted peanut caramel by warming the cream in a saucepan or microwave, and setting it aside. Cook the water, 1 cup sugar, corn syrup, and salt to a caramel, gently swirling the pan only if necessary (to ensure it melt and cooks evenly) until it turns a nice golden brown. This will take a bit of time, and you can burn it in a second, so keep an eye on it.
  9. Remove from heat and immediately whisk in the hot cream in a slow, steady stream.
  10. Cool until warm and pourable, then add the chopped peanuts.
  11. Spoon some of the caramel into each cookie, letting it set for about an hour Keep them in an airtight container, at room temperature.


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11 Comments

  1. I need Peanut butter cookies with salted peanut caramel in my life. Looks so delicious.

  2. The salted caramel sounds so yummy. I need to make these for the holidays.

  3. I was drooling reading your post, i am definitely gonna try to bake me some! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Chad
    http://www.mosaicslab.com

  4. Those look delightful. I will have to try making them.

  5. Cue the drool! Um, these look amazing! I may need to add this to the list of things I need to do this Christmas. I’m already behind on my holiday baking.

  6. This is the cutest presentation ever! Peanut butter cookies are heaven. I love to have them warm with a glass of milk. I have to try this recipe.

    XO
    Candace
    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

  7. These peanut butter cookies look delicious! We make plain peanut butter cookies often, but this should be fun to try with the boys

  8. These cookies looks so amazing and I want to eat right now. Peanut butter cookies with peanut caramel sounds heaven. I will definitely going to try this at home. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. I could eat peanut butter cookies every single day. I love to mix them up though from time to time to try new ways to make them. I’m definitely going to save this recipe.

  10. Yum! Peanut butter cookies are my favorite. I need to try these pronto.

  11. WOW, these look amazing. Definitely upping the standard peanut butter cookie, my family would love this recipe. I’m excited to try them during holiday break.

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