About this recipe:This recipe is amazing! Even if you don't like peanut butter (I don't) it doesn't taste that strongly of it. Also, it makes around 50 so if you have kids, its a perfect after school snack, lunch box filler or general little treat! Enjoy! Feedback welcomed. How about serving these for trick-or-treaters this Halloween? We did last year and it was a great success!
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Place rack in center of oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, with your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer) beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the peanut butter. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Add to the peanut butter mixture and beat until incorporated. Fold in the chopped peanuts/chocolate chips (if using). If the batter is too soft to form into balls, place in the refrigerator for about an hour or until firm. This should not happen, though.
Roll the batter into 2.5cm balls. Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheet, placing about 5cm apart. Then, push the balls down a little, making it more into a cookie shape - not too much, if too flat they will burn in the oven.
Bake the cookies until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges, about 12 minutes (check after 6 minutes). Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
The peanut chunks and chocolate chips are optional.. they are still yummy without! Decorate cookies with sprinkles, icing or sweets (I recommend jelly tots or smarties) if you want but this is optional.
Can be stored at room temp, in an airtight container for about a week. Freeze for longer storage. Depending on the size, this makes around 38-56 cookies. :)
Very tasty, quick and easy to make, I made 37 from this mixture - probably a little bigger than they should be. They definitely won't last long my husband and my son have given them a thumbs up! So I will soon be baking another batch - 15 May 2013