We are starting the second week in BM Mega Marathon themed on Baking. For the second week I will be focusing on Eggless Cookies. Next to chocolate cakes, the chocolate cookies are hit at home, meaning if I am to bake a cookie, it ought to be chocolate again
To break from the stereotype I seem to have got myself, I decided to bake other cookies except chocolate. Well don't be fooled into thinking I would leave the chocolate out. I haven't. Just that the base was changed, chocolate chips were added and well you understood right, made to look like chocolate but not chocolate cookies.
Also I had the peanut butter chips that Priya Srinivasan had sent for us during the BM#50 Meet. While everybody else kept saying that they ate those chips just like that, I guarded my share, as I had been wanting to bake some peanut butter based cookies.
Let me warn you ahead that there will be some different peanut butter cookies happening and well I enjoyed all of them.
When I read about the American obsession on peanut butter spread, I was really amused that an ingredient that's common day to us is so fancied. Peanuts are our most loved ingredient at home. Not a day goes by, without us making a peanut chutney for breakfast. At parents place, it's even worse, if I can say that. We make peanut chutney for rice as well. A big box of roasted peanuts are always kept ready and peanut meal or coarsely powdered peanut is always stocked for all our dry curries.
So when I started reading about how much a crazy peanut butter sandwich was, I had to make it at home. I made the peanut butter at home and it is such a simple dish to make it yourself. Maybe because peanuts are eaten in all possible ways, we didn't really like the peanut butter sandwich a lot, though occasionally it's fine.
Now coming to the peanut cookies for today, I made these cookies with just peanut meal, with little of flour to help bind. To enhance the taste, I added dark chocolate chunks. We loved it, though we realized it was like eating baked peanut. The chocolate chunks surely helped.