Confession time: I get obsessed very easily. TV shows, internet sites, activities – I get very easily addicted. I can lose hours browsing Pinterest or solving puzzles. I may or may not have watched first four seasons of True Blood in just a few short weeks… Ummm… Anyway…
I also get addicted to books. Which, in my mind, as far as addictions go is not a bad one to have. I find an author that I like and keep reading everything created by him/her. I’ve always loved reading; anything from Orwell’s 1984 to Rowling’s Harry Potter, Stendahl, Dumas, Atwood and many more. If I find a series I like, then it’s even better, and with my discovery of online libraries there’s really no excuse not to read.
Have you heard of online libraries? It’s really simple, you get your regular library card, then login online using computer, iPhone or iPad, download a couple of applications for reading and start browsing online catalogue. Once you find a book you’d like to borrow, it’s done only with a few clicks and it’s available on your system for up to three weeks. When you finish the book, it’s another couple of clicks to return it. No time to travel to the library to pick the book up, no time to travel to return it, no late fees, no hassle. A-ma-zing!!!
So, my current obsession is Joanne Fluke who writes very light murder mysteries that are investigated by a baker. Books are peppered with food descriptions and recipes. Some concoctions are too sweet for my taste (really, there’s no need for three cups of sugar in a cookie recipe!), but some are quite nice and interesting. This recipe is from one of the books by Joanne, but with a few changes that happened by accident. Original recipe was for about six dozens of cookies, so I decided to half all the ingredients except I forgot about it in the middle of mixing the dough. Well, resulting cookies were still yummy and delicious, crunchy, peanut-ey (is this a word?) and with a hint of molasses flavour.
Peanut Butter Molasses Cookies
makes 3 dozens
Melted butter – 1 stick
White sugar – 1/2 cup
Brown sugar – 1/2 cup
Vanilla – 1 teaspoon
Molasses – 2 tablespoons
Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon
Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Salt – 1/4 teaspoons
Peanut butter – 1/2 cup
Eggs – 1 large
Flour – 1 1/4 cup
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Pour melted butter into a large bowl, add sugars, vanilla, molasses and mix.
- Add baking soda, baking powder, salt and mix well.
- Add peanut butter and mix.
- Add the egg and mix well until smooth.
- Add flour and mix until flour disappears and all the ingredients are blended.
- Scoop the dough using either really small ice-cream scoop or shape the dough into walnut sized balls.
- Place onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper leaving about two inches of space between.
- Flatten the dough with a fork in a traditional crisscross pattern.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes* (Please see note) or until edges start to turn golden.
- Cool on a cookie sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
– My oven needed about 15-18 minutes for cookies, so check the cookies after 10-12 minutes.
– I love this recipe because it doesn’t need softened butter. I don’t have microwave, so it’s a lot easier to melt butter than to soften it.
Holy cow with molasses?! These sound delicious! Hello from Bakersbeans!
Surprisingly good combination of PB and molasses!
Bernice Hill says
Oh my gosh! these peanut butter cookies look amazing. It’s been forever since I’ve made some!
I’ve been wanting to make these again the whole day today 🙂
Laureen Fox says
I’ve never tried a Peanut Butter Molassas combination. Looks yummy!
It was surprisingly good combination!
Those cookies look delish!
I’m a sucker for the peanut butter and molasses combo. I’ll add this to my list to try.
I hope you like them! My husband kept going for seconds (and thirds, fourth etc)
I have Joanne’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder book, and I love it! I’ve been meaning to get my hands on more of her work, so it’s good to know that she has digital versions too!
To be perfectly honest, she’s not my favourite writer. I almost didn’t start reading her second book, but I was curious. And now I am hooked. I have to say, I could see the improvements in the writing style from the first book to her seventh book.
If you like murder mysteries with food themes, then Diane Mott Davidson is my favourite!
I love happy accidents like this one – I once used tablespoons of vanilla in an apple cake instead of the teaspoons called for in the recipe. I ended up making a note in the cookbook, because it turned out spectacularly.
Do you have a recipe for the apple cake posted anywhere?
Anna (Hidden Ponies) says
I can’t seem to wrap my head around reading anything other than good old-fashioned books, but given how much of a chore a trip to the library seems, I’m sure I’ll be won over eventually 🙂 Love love love these cookies – I’ve never thought of adding peanut butter to my molasses cookies, and I’m with you – melted butter is so much easier than softened!
I used to be like that and I still appreciate the physical sensation of holding a real book. But I just fell in love online library. It’s just so convenient! I can request a book, I can "stand in line" for a book and if I start it and I don’t like it, I can return it with just one click.
Raquel Kahler says
These look so good! I love PB&Molasses together.. such a great pair.
Thank you, Raquel. I was supposed to halve the molasses for the recipe, but I made a mistake and forgot to do that, however, I really liked the result.