If you watched last night's Top Chef: Just Desserts, you know that one chef made a brilliant cookie and another made a completely boring one (won't spoil it if you haven't watched yet). As with any kitchen success, it's not just the ingredients that made a difference on TV last night, but the love and attention to detail that went into crafting the cookie. Compare your version of Chef Shelly's peanut butter cookie with Shelly's own at A Market!
Shelly Register's Peanut Butter Cookies
Yield: Approximately 3 dozen smallish cookies
2½ cups All-purpose flour
½ teaspoon Baking powder
½ teaspoon Baking soda
1 teaspoon Salt
8 oz. Unsalted butter
1 cup Brown sugar
1 cup Granulated sugar
1 cup Peanut butter, creamy
2 ea Eggs, large
2 tsp Vanilla extract
1 cup Raw Peanuts, roasted, salted, coarsely ground
1 cup Peanut butter chips
Preheat oven to 350F.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside.
In a mixer fitted with a paddle, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
Beat in peanut butter.
Add vanilla and eggs one at a time and mix until well combined.
Add “dries” [dry ingredients] and mix until just combined.
Fold in peanuts and peanut butter chips.
Scoop cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment.
For a more traditional look, dip tines of a fork in granulated sugar and press a crisscross pattern into the dough.
Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
A Market, 3400 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, (949) 650-6515; www.arestaurantnb.com