Peanut Butter Petal Cookies

Don’t know why I usually wait until the holidays to pull out my cookie press.  Its such a quick and easy way to fill up the cookie jar and everyone loves the tender little bite-sized treats.  So here is a version that needs no holiday sprinkles.  Delicate peanut butter flowers with chocolate centers adapted from Sweet Miniatures, The Art of Making Bite-sized Desserts, by Flo Braker.  My shortcut is the upside down chocolate chip for the center… eliminating the need for making a ganache and piping in the center with a paper cone or pastry bag.

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2 cups plus 2 tablespoons unsifted all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

1/3 cup light brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate chips for centers (semisweet, milk, or white)

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Mix the flour and the salt together in a small bowl and set aside.  Beat the butter, peanut butter and both sugars in a large bowl until very creamy and well blended.  Beat in the egg yolk and the vanilla.  Gradually add in the flour mixture.

While the dough is at room temperature, follow the directions on your cookie press to insert the 5 petal design plate.  Fill the cylinder with dough, packing it firmly.  Holding the press perpendicular to a cool, un-greased baking sheet, press out the cookies, spacing them about 1 inch apart.  If you lose a petal, just gently set it back in place.  Place one upside down chocolate chip  in the center of each flower.

Bake 9-11 minutes until the edges of the cookies are just barely starting to show color.  Immediately remove cookies to a cooling rack.  If they are left to cool on the baking sheet, they tend to break when removed. Cool completely before filling up your cookie jar! (Makes about 5 dozen)

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Comments

  1. Brigid says

    Great idea! My Mom had a cookie press and I haven’t thought about it in years…She never made peanut butter cookies though. Always butter cookies. But these look yummy and I love the scale of them. Just the right size. Gorgeous photo, too, as always!

  2. says

    I used my cookie press for the first time this Christmas and it was a battle. Said I would never try using it again. After seeing these cookies I think I’m going to get it back out.

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