Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Peanut Butter Sandwich Biscuits

2014, how did that happen? I swear it was 2011 5 minutes ago! Like most people around this time I am thinking about being a bit healthier, new year, new start and all that nonsense.

It's all a load of rubbish really, why should you suddenly change in January? Why not any other month of the year? I suppose it gives us all a legit reason to scoff all the Christmas chocolate before the new year with no guilt. Anyway, as much as I may hate the stereotype of being "good" in January, I am jumping on the bandwagon. You all know I did Weight Watchers last year for around 6 months and lost just over 2 stone. It all fell apart in July, and over the passed 6 months I have put about half of it back on. To be honest I am pretty happy with how I look, I do just want to try and get fitter and healthier, rather than lose weight.

Before diving head first into the big bowl of salad that is January, I wanted to bake something suitably sweet to see out the year in style. I received the Smitten Kitchen cookbook by Deb Perelman for Christmas, which by the way is brilliant. I had bookmarked a few (read: alot) recipes to try but this one stood out the most. Mainly due to the fact Whole Earth sent me a whole bunch of peanut butter before Christmas (Thanks guys!)

I tweaked the recipe slightly, not because I thought I could improve it but due to the fact I didn't have all the ingredients to hand and I was waiting in the house for parcel deliveries. Luckily they still turned out pretty great.

Recipe adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.

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Peanut Butter Sandwich Biscuits
  • 115g Butter
  • 225g Whole Earth Organic Peanut Butter (smooth)
  • 195g Caster Sugar
  • 1 (large) Egg
  • 250g Plain Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • A pinch of Salt
  • Chocolate Spread
1.Put the butter and peanut butter into a bowl and mix until fully combined and soft, there should be no lumps. I used my stand mixer for this and left it going for around 4 minutes.2. Next add the sugar, mix until combined. 3.Then in goes the egg, once again mix until combined. 4. Finally, in goes all of the dry ingredients, mix until you can no longer see any flour. You should have something resembling a rough dough at this point. 5. Pop the dough in some cling film and put it in the fridge for at least an hour. 6. Once the dough is nice a chilled you can get rolling. I divided mine into 4 smaller balls, as space is an issue in my kitchen. 7. Cut out your desired shape in multiples of two, I had 40 biscuits, so 20 sandwiches. My biscuits were around 0.7-0.8mm in depth. 8. I popped the cut biscuits on a greased tray and put them back in the fridge for 20 minutes, this helps to stop them spreading too much. 9.Cook at 170C for 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden. 10. Cool on a wire rack completely before assembling. 11. To Assemble spread some chocolate spread on one of your biscuits, then sandwich another on top. Et voila! Sandwich biscuit!

I got a fancy pants new camera for Christmas which I have had so much fun playing with, this is the first recipe I photographed using a proper camera as opposed to my Iphone... Can you tell?

If anyone has any great camera advice or tips, please share as I am a total novice over here.



  1. Great pics Nelly! And some really delicious sounding cookies; you can't beat that chocolate/PB combo!

  2. These look great! I adore peanut butter and loved the Whole Earth products, so tasty! Love the photos, I also got a new camera (yesterday, eek!) but I'm just playing around with at the moment, lots of fun though!

  3. I saw on instagram that you got a new camera, how are you getting on with it? I am getting the hang of some of the settings but still not 100% what changing aperture or ISO actually does... lol

  4. Thanks Kathryn! Huge compliment coming from you, your pics are always beautiful!

    I do love PB, although I have a bajillion jars of the stuff now. lol

  5. Lovely photos Nelly! I've never followed the new year new me crap, as long as your happy with yourself that's all that matters. I'm trying to find a use for the whole earth cashew butter, have you done anything with it yet?

  6. Lol! At the moment I'm just pressing buttons and fiddling with the settings as the manual is very basic! Lots of seriously bad pics with the occasional "Oo, that's nice!". I'm playing with the ISO as our house is sooo dark so I know I need it on a higher setting. Aperture is puzzling me but something that I need to get to grips with! Hey ho, we'll get there in the end.

  7. I'm loving a lower aperture at the moment, you get that lovely sharp focus with blurred backgroud (like above)...
    I do a fair bit of editing on photoshop after too, to correct some rookie mistakes! :)

  8. I havent tried any of the other nut butters, I was hoping they would send me some, but I only got peanut. Although these from Kathryn (London Bakes) look like a winner to me! http://londonbakes.com/2013/02/cashew-butter-cups.html

  9. You've got to love Photoshop! Yes, lots of playing with low aperture for me, it's a look I really like.

  10. Hari OM
    Yummy things again...just the peanut biscuits would do me!! I'd say you are going along just fine with the new camera Nelly; the top one is particularly professional looking. As a life-long 'clicker', truly I can say to you, do not concern yourself overly much with the manual modes just yet; majority times the pre-selected modes will do exactly what's required. Once you have the loaded into your software of choice you can read the data from them and note the important things such as focal length and ISO etc, what you would do differently if you had full control and so on. Keep a dedicated note book just for that. After, say, three months, try repeating a subject but using manual - first set exactly per the original in auto mode, then take notes as you adjust your own settings so that you can measure the effects when you get them on screen.

    ...or you could take a photography course at night school!!!

    Another thing to note is that subject and composition are as key as any technical settings. That is what makes that top photo so good. You have an artistic eye and that is as important as anything else. Enjoy the new toy!!! YAM xx

  11. Great advice Yam! I have so far been stumbling onto a nice setting then completely forgetting how I achieved it! Plus this gives me a reason to go and buy a lovely new notebook! I have to admit the subject and composition bit is the bit I love most, must be my inner designer coming through!

    The peanut biscuits are lovely on their own to be honest, definitely something I will make again.

    Happy New Year!

  12. Yummy looking cookies and great photos, hope you have fun playing with your new camera :)

  13. I know how you feel. I've begun to think the whole thing about new year resolutions is all rubbish. I love this sandwich biscuit. It looks yummy.

  14. What a great Christmas present! And a delicious first recipe to be trying it out with. Happy New Year Nelly!


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