uhmmmm…. homemade cookies…
They are the best, aren’t they? They make the whole house smells amazing. Who needs a bakegoods scented candle when you can have the real thing?
I was eager to bake something with the spelt flour which I’ve bought a while ago. I’ve been told it has a nuttier tinge to it. Then I came across a peanut butter cookie recipe. It was like a sign. A nutty sign haha!
Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Spelt Cookies
(tweaked slightly from the recipe found in the July 2012 Recipes + magazine)
Makes about 20 cookies
What you’ll need:-
- 100g butter, diced
- 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- 1 + 1/3 cup spelt flour (original recipe calls for rice flour)
- 1 cup rolled oats (original recipe calls for quinoa flakes)
- 1 tsp baking powder
(1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit) /160 degrees Celsius (320 degree Fahrenheit) fan forced. Line 2 baking trays with baking papers. (2) Melt butter, brown sugar, honey, peanut butter and vanilla in a saucepan over low heat – see Note 1. Stir until melted and combined. Cool slightly. (3) In a separate large mixing bowl, combine flour, oatmeal and baking powder. Stir in the cooled peanut butter mixture to form a dough. (4) Roll heaped tablespoons of dough into 20 balls and place on prepared tray about 3cm apart, flatten slightly – see Note 2. Chill for 15 minutes. (5) Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on trays (cookies will firm up).
Note 1 – When measuring the honey, lightly oil the measuring vessel with flavourless oil. This will ensure the honey will slide off easily and more accurate measurement – a tip provided in the Recipes + magazine.
Note 2 – If you have a small fridge and couldn’t fit 2 baking trays like me, what I have done was to chill the whole dough in the mixing bowl, without rolling into balls, overnight. The dough actually became really hard…so you have to wait for it to be soften enough to roll into balls (since it is winter here, it took me 1 hour + to soften).