Chocolate and Peanut Cookies | The Proof of the Pudding

We’re not big biscuit eaters in this household. However, that’s not to mean that we won’t say “Yes please” when the right one comes along. It was a lazy Saturday and I had a few hours alone in the flat before we were off out for a game of pitch and putt and then back for a movie night with friends (The Wolf of Wall Street – so brilliant, I highly recommend it). Cookies seemed like the ideal film-watching snack, something sweet and satisfying to graze on with a glass of wine in hand.

Every recipe that I have made from the The Londoner’s blog has turned out beautifully, from meatballs to jerk chicken to banana and Nutella muffins. Her recipes are usually simple and straightforward, but with consistently tasty results. In the back of my mind I remembered seeing a chocolate and peanut cookie recipe, so to my laptop and google it was. I only made a few small tweaks to the original cookie dough recipe: I used dark chocolate and salted peanuts since these were what I had in the cupboards, and added peanut butter for an extra peanut hit. I also slightly reduced the amount of vanilla extract as it seemed like a lot for the amount of dough, and, at £5 a small bottle, vanilla extract is a luxury in my kitchen!

Ingredients (makes 24 large cookies) 170g butter 200g light brown muscavado sugar 100g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk 250g plain flour ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp salt 2 tbsp peanut butter 80g dark chocolate – I used half dark chocolate chips and half dark chocolate broken into chunks

100g salted peanuts