cookie competition

January 19, 2012 · 23 comments

in food, recipes

i know i mentioned on sunday that christin sent me a lovely package as part of a giveaway on her blog, but i’m not sure if i told you about the amazing peanut butter cookies that she included. they were by far the best peanut butter cookies i have ever eaten. brad and i ate them all within 48 hours, and i’ll be honest and tell you that i ate about 2x as many as he did.

so of course i had to make some more so brad could have his fair share…

christin used this 3-ingredient recipe to make the cookies. so i printed out the recipe, then headed to the kitchen to see what we had. i knew i wanted to make a double batch, but we didn’t have enough plain peanut butter for that. and i also figured i’d try a batch with sucunat in them. after pulling out every ingredient that sounded good, i got to work.

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i ended up making 3 versions. first, i followed the recipe exactly.

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yum. almost as delicious as the ones christin sent me!


for the second version, i wanted to go with some chocolate cookies.

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i used nutella instead of peanut butter. i also used half sucanat and half granulated sugar instead of all granulated sugar.

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the batter for this batch was really wet – i definitely should have added something else to absorb some of the moisture. these spread out a lot more than the first version. but oh wow – so so so chewy! if you like your cookies to be chewy, these are for you.


and finally, version number 3, which was both my and brad’s favorite.

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for this one i used trader joe’s crunchy peanut butter with flaxseed that lindsay sent me. i also added about 1/3 cup of peanut butter and milk chocolate chips to the batter.

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these have awesome consistency and flavor. i really like crunchy peanut butter in this recipe – it adds a little extra to the cookies!

we are loving our container full of peanut butter cookie deliciousness!


and i had no idea there were so many venison-loving sarah learns readers! i do have to admit, those meatballs were pretty delicious the other night. i do give the recipe some credit – those were great flavors – but i do thing the venison gave it a little something extra.

today one of my friends in my program is giving her exit seminar and i have to cheer her on & take notes since mine is in exactly 3 months – eek! an exit seminar is one of the graduation requirements for a phd in my program, so it’s kind of a big deal to do yours. we’re going to grab a drink or two afterwards to celebrate her success!

have a good thursday!


what’s your favorite kind of cookie?

i like them all.

do you feel the need to try a bunch of versions when you make treats?

i don’t know why, but whenever i’m making something sweet, i get the urge to make different variations. that doesn’t really happen as often when i make savory things. hmmm…

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Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf January 19, 2012 at 7:35 am

Favorite cookies? Macarons! When we were in Paris for our honeymoon, I’m fairly certain I ate more macarons than a person SHOULD eat…but it was well worth it. I want to try to make them, but I’ve heard it’s pretty… involved and tedious. My other all-time favorite kind of cookie are linzer cookies! I love cookies with jam…mmm! And also oatmeal chocolate chip. SO delish! I definitely have to try recipes a few times. I always try to make it the exact way first, and then try variations to fit my taste buds :) These cookies SOUND. AWESOME. I love peanut butter! ..Can you explain what sucant is, though? Never heard of it!
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Sarah January 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm

i’ve never had a traditional macaron.

add this to the growing list of reasons i want to go to paris NOW. (also on that list is the salad you posted today – omg.)

sucanat is a a granulated sweetener. it’s light brown in color and is less refined than conventional granulated sugar or brown sugar.


Mattie @ Comfy and Confident January 19, 2012 at 8:14 am

i love all cookies! Chocolate chip is obviously a classic, but I really like gingerbread or molasses cookies as well. Typically when I am baking, I only have the ingredients for one type of cookie, so I only make the one batch, which is probably a good thing because otherwise I would have to try each of the cookies I made.
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Sarah January 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm

haha, that’s true. making too many versions = too much cookie temptation!!


Tasha @ Dine & Dash January 19, 2012 at 10:15 am

can’t pick just one but: peanut butter, shortbread, macaroon are my cookie loves.
& I love making variations and then having my family tell me which one is the best.
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Sarah January 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm

i’ve never tried a macaroon. we just never really made them when i was growing up so i didn’t eat them! do you have a recipe for some on your blog?! i’d love to try making some.


Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean January 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm

yay! glad the peanut butter was a hit! it sounded intriguing!
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Sarah January 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm

we loved it! i’m making another batch of the cookies with it again tomorrow. and this time, i’m doubling the recipe!


Christin@purplebirdblog January 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Niiiiiiiiiice work, lady!! Your variations sound champion, especially that last one! Someone sent me the TJ’s peanut butter with flax once (I don’t have a TJ’s within a bazillion mile radius of me, ugh!) and I was madly in love with it!!
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Sarah January 22, 2012 at 9:16 pm

yep, the last one was the best! i definitely think it was the peanut butter that made it. i had never tried that kind, but i loved it!

so sorry to hear that you are tj’s-less. :( i’ve become seriously reliant on it for some of my favorite foods!


Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons January 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm

they all sound so awesome!!!!! I love that you kept adapting and tinkering with them!
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Sarah January 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

i guess i have a hard time settling on one version when i’m wondering if they’d be better a different way!


Grace January 20, 2012 at 12:13 am

Those are my favorite peanut butter cookies!


Chelsea January 20, 2012 at 5:45 am

I’ve actually never tried to create my own baked good recipe. Chocolate chip cookies (no nuts) are my favorite.
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Sarah January 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm

brad’s grandma makes awesome chocolate chip cookies – she calls them chicago crunchies. they’re a basic chocolate chip cookie with some kind of crunched up cereal flakes in the batter. it takes them to a whole new level of deliciousness.


Priyanka January 20, 2012 at 6:06 am

Its difficult to select a favorite kind of cookie but oatmeal butterscotch cookies have been on my mind lately!
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Sarah January 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

oh yum. i love oatmeal cookies – i don’t think i’ve ever had them with butterscotch though…


Emily @LivingLongfellow January 20, 2012 at 8:06 am

Oh Yum those cookies look grand! My favorite cookies are definitely mint Andes cookies with a squished andes mint right on top. They’re amazing.
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Sarah January 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

ohhh, i’m intrigued by those andes cookies! i love all things mint.


Kathy January 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm

My favorite cookie has just go to be…well, any homemade cookie!
I’ve never really had a favorite, even as a child (I tolerated oatmeal raisin cookies too!) and I still do! Whichever cookie tastes good, I’d eat it.
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Sarah January 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm

yes, homemade definitely. i don’t even bother trying cookies from supermarkets anymore. gross. i do love a great bakery cookie though. my cousin owns a coffee-shop/bakery and her cookies are always amazing.


Tammy January 24, 2012 at 11:28 am

I love all cookies, def my weakness. Not sure if its me but the first recipe link on your blog doesnt work. What website is it on maybe i can google it? Or can you repost as a reply maybe! I’m off to TJ’s today to find that PB with flax :) HAPPY TUESDAY!


Sarah January 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm

hey tammy, i hope you found that pb w/ flax at tj’s & that you’re enjoying it! :)

i checked all of the links on this post & they all worked for me. i’m not sure why you’re having a problem with it… let’s see, here’s the recipe for the cookies that i followed exactly for the first version of cookies: is that the one that didn’t work for you?


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