Thursday, 4 November 2010

Introducing my grandson Ollie and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Me and Ollie ;o)


Sorry I haven’t blogged or visited blogs much these past two weeks; I’ve been preoccupied and busy with the run up and birth of my grandson. Ollie, weighing in at 8lbs 2oz, was born by C-section after 36 hours of labour the afternoon of Saturday, Oct 30th. Both Ollie and mum are well and back home. I may be accused of being bias but I have to say he is a beautiful baby and perfect in every way. He is the spitting image of his dad when he was a new born and brings all those wonderful memories flooding back. We are all so in love with him and I can’t wait to fulfil my “nana” duties. It is wonderful being a young and vibrant granny and I have all the confidence in the world that my son will make a great dad, following in our footsteps.


Although I have baked my Christmas cake and made my Christmas pudding, with my mincemeat being planned for this weekend, I have not baked much recently. After hubby’s regular reminders that the cake and cookie tins have been bare for some time, I decided to use up the last of 2009’s batch of mincemeat and baked a batch of Mincemeat and Raisin Muffins. I have made these a few times before and they have always gone down well and perfect way to use up the mincemeat you may have leftover.


Following the muffin bake I felt a cookie craving come over me! Remembering how wonderful the Chocolate Chip Cookies from Nigella Kitchen came out, I decided to use that same recipe with peanut butter chips in place of the chocolate chips. They came out as wonderful and moreish as I expected. They delivered a soft chewy centre encased in a wonderfully crisp and crunchy shell.




Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Makes approx 14

Ingredients
150g soft unsalted butter
125g soft light brown sugar
100g caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg, fridge-cold
1 large egg yolk, fridge cold
300g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 x 326g packet peanut butter chips

1 x large baking sheet

Preheat the oven to 170oC/fan 140oC/gas mark 3. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

Melt the butter and let it cool a bit. Put the brown and white sugars into a bowl, pour the slightly cooled, melted butter over them and beat together.

Beat in the vanilla, the cold egg and cold egg yolk until your mixture is light and creamy.

Slowly mix in the flour and bicarbonate of soda until just blended, then fold in the peanut butter chips.

Scoop the cookie dough into an American quarter-cup measure or a 60ml round ice-cream scoop and drop onto the prepared baking sheet, plopping the cookies down about 8cm apart. You will need to make these in 2 batches, keeping the bowl of cookie dough in the fridge between batches.

Bake for 15-17 minutes in the prepared oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack.

The cookies can be made up to 3 days ahead and stored in an airtight container. Will keep for a total of 5 days.

37 comments:

Nic's Notebook said...

Aww Ollie is gorgeous. Love the name too! You will make a great nanna, and feed him up with all your homemade goodies!!

Ms C said...

Congratulations to you all. He is gorgeous!

Brownieville Girl said...

Congratulations he really is beautiful, and you look waaaay too young to be a granny!

Nice cookies too!

Morellocherry said...

awww, he looks so cute!! and congratulations to you too!!!

Rhyleysgranny said...

What a young Granny you are. Congratulations. isn't it wonderful? Oh and your cookies are looking good too :)

The Girl said...

Congratulations!! My goodness, it's like baby central at the moment, I keep hearing about them arriving!

Petit Filoux said...

Oh congratulations!! He's so cute and tiny!! I'm sure you'll be a wonderful grandma!

busygran said...

Congratulations! He's so cute! Oh wow! You're going be one busy young gran!

Beth (Jam and Clotted Cream) said...

You had better change your about section now to include nana! Congrats he is gorgeous and making me a little bit broody!!

Chele said...

Congratulations Granny ;0)
... The cookies look great by the way but I have to say that Ollie has rather stolen the show for me (not that I'm getting clucky or anything lol)

Gloria said...

OMG María your grandson is absolutely lovely and soo cute!! Congrats my dear ! You look absolutely happy!! yes is nice! Blessings! gloria

Diana's Cocina said...

What a gorgeous baby, congratulations to you and your family! The cookies look delicious.

Tracey said...

Congratulations for your grandson! He´s gorgeous! The cookies look fab too!

Lucie said...

He looks so content cuddled up to you! Wonderful photos...and delish cookies! xx

Maggie said...

I love new born babies Maria. He looks wonderful, cuddly and very cute too.
I too am called Nana and it doesn't make you feel too old!!!
He will very soon be eating all of your wonderful cakes and bakes.

Cynthia said...

Congratulations to you and the family!

Brownieville Girl said...

Maria,

There is an award for you over on my blog :-}

Heather said...

What a lovely little baby! Congratulations! Like the cookies too.

The Caked Crusader said...

Congratulations Granny!

Anne said...

Awww Ollie is just gorgeous, and you definately don't look old enough to be a nanny!!

x

Vicky said...

Congratulations, Ollie is gorgeous and you are a super glamourous granny! xxx

Choclette said...

Congratulations Maria - Ollie looks lovely and you don't look old enough to be a grandmother. Cookies also look good.

Bimmer said...

Congratulations! He is so cute!

Kitty M said...

Aww congratulations Maria he looks absolutely gorgeous - hope you are all enjoying him :-) x

nursing scrubs said...

Cutie Ollie, I like his name too, Ohh I remembered my son when he's still a baby so cute and cuddly :)

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

He is so delightful! Congratulations.

I hope to see some more posts from you soon, but in the meantime, Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Wordpress Customization said...

I am sure my daughter will love this. Anyway, thank you for sharing this recipe. Right now, I am thinking on cooking this one on weekend.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Hi Maria,
Just popping in to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts in 2011.

Jess said...

Mmmm! These look delicious, thanks for sharing!
-Ollie is beatiful!
Jess : )
www.livininthekitchen.wordpress.com

Malar said...

Hi, i was hunting for cake recipe when i found your blog!
You have same birthday date with me!

Malar said...

Congratulation on your grandson arrival!

Gloria said...

Hi María how are you and your lovely grandson?? huggs gloria

Jill said...

OMG! How did I miss this post????
I just popped over to see if everything was OK.
Ollie looks divine :0) Well done Grandma :0)
Best wishes
Jillxxx

charlenemelissa said...

Hi these cookies look so yummy. I was wondering where did you get that peanut butter chips from? x

Maria♥ said...

Hi Charlene

My peanut butter chips were bought over from the US by a family member but you might be able to purchase them online. Just do a search on Google. I know you can order from sites that sell imported American foods.

Maria
x

charlenemelissa said...

Thank you so much for your fast response. I ended up ordering some off an american food import site but I'm at the moment baking the chocolate version of these cookies. So excited, I'll have to let you know how they turn out :) x

Maria♥ said...

Hi Charlene

Your very welcome and so glad you found some online to order. Please let me know how the chocolate version turn out :)

Maria
x