There's no melting or creaming of butter here; in fact, there's no butter at all. Instead, it's the peanut butter that gives these beauties their gorgeous flavour and chewy texture. They're a perfect salty-sweet treat on their own, but also make for an excellent ice-cream sandwich. You just need to let them cool.
- 250 gm peanut butter
- 100 gm brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 75 gm (½ cup) plain flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 50 gm salted roasted peanuts, plus extra for scattering
- 50 gm dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped, plus extra for scattering
- 30 gm cacao nibs
- Vanilla ice-cream (optional), to serve
- 1Preheat oven to 200°C and line several oven trays with baking paper. Mix together peanut butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a bowl, stir in flour and baking powder until smooth, then stir in peanuts, chocolate, cacao nibs and ½ tsp sea salt.
- 2Place heaped tablespoonfuls of dough onto prepared trays, leaving a few centimetres between each, and scatter with extra peanuts, chocolate and a little extra salt. Bake, swapping and turning trays partway through cooking, until golden and firm (12-15 minutes). Cool briefly on trays, then cool completely on wire racks. Serve as they are or as ice-cream sandwiches. Cookies keep in an airtight container for a week.